Some Books About Alaska 1996
Beginning in 1994, our new title, Some Books About Alaska, marked a change in the Alaska Historical Collections' annual publication. Since 1969 it has listed the Alaska-Arctic related publications received by the Alaska Historical Collections of the Alaska State Library. With few exceptions, the Alaska State Library no longer purchases Alaskan adult fiction or children's materials. Furthermore, we have cut back on our purchase of non-fiction publications. Thus, the title change from Some Books About Alaska Received in... reflects this modification in our collection development policy.
The books listed herein are not necessarily held by the Alaska State Library. Please consult your local library or the WLN database for libraries holding these titles. We are continuing this publication because we feel strongly that an annual annotated list of books is of value to libraries in Alaska. We also think that this list should be as complete as possible for titles that appeared in 1996. In addition, some titles missed in previous lists are included here. Every attempt has been made to have each title reviewed by a librarian.
Several Alaskana Librarians from around the state assisted in this compilation. Especially helpful have been Kay Myers and Bruce Merrell of Anchorage Municipal Libraries. Kay reviewed the children's books. Bruce reviewed non-fiction titles with me and also shared his listing that appeared first in the Alaska Historical Society's publication, Alaska History. Thanks especially to that publication for agreeing to let us reprint some of the bibliographies. I also thank Hearthside Books of Juneau for allowing me to review books from their shelves.
Designations found in the listing:
First Purchase Recommendation:
As in past years, we are using this feature to designate those books which the committee felt were most worthy of consideration for first purchase by small and medium-sized libraries and school library-media centers. Each library must, of course, make its own decision on whether to purchase these titles, comparing each to the library's book selection policy. Our choices are necessarily subjective, but we have attempted to include titles of general interest and to omit those which are highly specialized. We also have not marked materials of local interest only, but have noted regional publications which we felt were outstanding.
ASD: Alaska State Depository:
A small selection of titles produced by the Alaska State Government as well as non-state publications received for distribution by the Alaska State Documents Program at the Alaska State Library are listed. Approximately twenty titles are noted here to alert readers to publications that may not appear in bookstores. After the bibliographic information, these titles are designated as "ASD " which means that they were distributed to the Alaska State Depositories and thus may be reviewed at libraries participating in the program. The address and/or contact within the agency is included with the citation. Thanks to Patience Frederiksen, Government Publications Librarian, Alaska State Library, for her assistance with the selection and annotation of these titles.
Many titles are available through interlibrary loan, we encouraged librarians to review titles before making the decision to purchase. Please check the Western Library Network (WLN) either on-line or through LaserCat to find the closest library from which to request an interlibrary loan.
Publications are available from the publisher of the work or other indicated source. Many bookstores in Alaska also offer these titles, many times at a discount to libraries. The Alaska State Library does not offer books for sale. Also, remember that all prices are subject to change and that those prices listed here may no longer be accurate. In some cases, we have received the book as a gift and do not know the price.
Alaska materials can be elusive, being published in limited quantity with little publicity. We will appreciate receiving information for current, especially locally produced titles not included here. Please send comments and inquiries to: Alaska Historical Collections, Alaska State Library, PO Box 110571, Juneau, AK 99811-0571.
Kathryn H. Shelton, Librarian, Alaska Historical Collections
Alaska State Library, Juneau, Alaska
Compiled by Kay Myers, Anchorage Municipal Libraries
Brandenburg, Jim. Scruffy: A Wolf Finds his Place in the Pack/ photographed by the author (New York: Walker and Company, 1996), 32 p., ISBN 0802784453. $15.95 (also: ISBN 0802784461. $16.85 library edition.) LC 96-005446. Set on the tundra of Ellesmere Island, photographer Brandenburg's book observes a yearling Arctic wolf and shows how the wolf found a special place in the pack.
Brimner, Larry Dane. Polar Animals (New York: Children's Press, 1996), 48 p., ISBN 0516200429. $19.00 (also: ISBN 0516261126. $6.95 paperback.) LC 96-34192. (Available at Cook Inlet Books. Simple text shows how ten animals have adapted to life in Arctic regions. A volume in the "A True Book " series.
Cohen, Daniel. The Alaska Purchase (Brookfield: The Millbrook Press, 1996), 64 p., ISBN 1562945289. $16.40. LC 95-014180. One of the Spotlight on American History series, this title relates information about the events surrounding the purchase of Alaska from Russia.
Darling, Kathy. Arctic Babies / photographed by Tara Darling (New York: Walker and Company, 1996), 32 p., ISBN 0802784135. $15.95 (also: ISBN 0802784143. $16.95 library binding and ISBN 0802775047. $5.95 paperback.) LC 95-037736. Fourteen worldwide Arctic baby animals are shown in clear color photographs which accompany a summary of facts about each baby.
Dixon, Ann. Merry Birthday, Nora Noel / illustrated by Mark Graham (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1996), unpaged, ISBN 08202851053. $15.00. LC 96-030392. As her father lights the weekly Advent candles, Nora Noel hears the story of her own Christmas birth; not solely an Alaskan story but includes wintery scenes that could be Alaskan.
Dodson, Peggy Rouch. Girl in the Gold Camp: A True Account Of An Alaska Adventure, 1909-1910 (Fairbanks: Epicenter Press, 1996), 192 p., ISBN 0945397534. $14.95 (Box 60529, Fairbanks, AK 99706, dist. By Graphic Arts Center Publishing, PO Box 10306, Portland, OR 97296-0306). LC 94-084283 Memories of a sixteen year-old who, with her family, rafted down the Yukon River and spent a year in Circle, Alaska. Young adult audience.
Easley, Maryann. I Am the Ice Worm (Honesdale: Boyds Mills Press, 1996), 127 p., ISBN 1563974126. $15.95. LC 94-73318. Fourteen year old Allison is stranded above the Arctic Circle after a small plane crashes in this survival story.
Ewing, Susan. Lucky Hares and Itchy Bears / illustrated by Evon Zerbetz (Anchorage: Alaska Northwest Books, 1996), unpaged, ISBN 088240475X. $15.95 (PO Box 10306, Portland, OR 97210). LC 96-007640. Fifteen Northern animals are featured in short poems and hand-colored, linoleum block print illustrations.
Fowler, Allan. Arctic Tundra: Land With No Trees (New York: Children's Press, 1996), 31 p., ISBN 0516200321. $17.30 (also: ISBN 0516260790. $4.95 paperback.) LC 96-014005. Climate, plant, animal and human life in the northern parts of Canada, Alaska, Europe and Asia are briefly discussed in this Rookie Read-About Science series book.
Fox-Davies, Sarah. Little Caribou / illustrated by the author (Cambridge: Candlewick Press, 1996), unpaged, ISBN 1564029239. $14.99. LC 95-034546. Watercolor illustrations follow Little Caribou during his first year of life.
Haile, Sarah V. Spirits from the Past (Nashville: Scythe Publications, Inc., 1996), 82 p., ISBN 1555237037. $8.95. LC 94-060620. After a plane accident, a young Inupiat girl finds herself and her two brothers lost in the north Alaskan wilderness.
Hall, Elizabeth. Child of the Wolves (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1996), 160 p., ISBN 0395765021. $14.95. LC 95-038982. A husky puppy, Granite, runs away into the Alaskan wilderness and a wolf that lost her pups cares for him.
Heinz, Brian. Kayuktuk: An Arctic Quest / illustrated by Jon Van Zyle (San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1996), unpaged, ISBN 0811804119. $14.95. LC 94-044526. A young Inupiat hunter must discover what is emptying his ptarmigan traps in this picture book set in Arctic Alaska.
Helman, Andrea. 1, 2, 3 Moose: A Pacific Northwest Counting Book / photographed by Art Wolfe (Seattle: Sasquatch Books, 1996), unpaged, ISBN 1570610789. $15.95. LC 96-014751. Most of the twenty "countables " from the Pacific Northwest region are found in Alaska.
Hirschi, Ron. People of Salmon and Cedar / illustrated by Deborah Cooper (New York: Cobblehill, 1996), 42 p., ISBN 0525651837. $16.99. LC 94-033075. Hirschi focuses on the salmon, the forests and the celebration of potlatch in this brief introduction to the culture of the indigenous people of the Northwest coast. Photographs by Edward S. Curtis also illustrate the text.
Hoshino, Michio. Nanook's Gift (San Francisco: Cadence Books, 1996), unpaged, ISBN 1569311471, $15.95. (available from Cook Inlet Books.) The king of the polar bears, Nanook, teaches a young boy about the circle of life and how each must respect all living things and the environment.
Kusugak, Michael Arvaarluk. My Arctic 1, 2, 3 / illustrated by Vladyana Krykorka (Toronto: Annick Press, 1996), unpaged, ISBN 1550375059. $16.95. (also: ISBN 1550375040. $6.95 paperback). LC 96-930224. An Inuit storyteller and a Czechoslovakian artist combine numbers in both English and Inuktitut with simple descriptions of Arctic animals.
Lesser, Carolyn. Great Crystal Bear / illustrated by William Noonan (San Diego: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1996), unpaged, ISBN 0152006672. $15.00. LC 95-012383. Large impressionistic paintings and a poetical story follow a year in the life of a polar bear.
Levi, Steven C. Cowboys of the Sky: The Story of Alaska's Bush Pilots (New York, Walker and Company, 1996), 128 p., ISBN 0802783317. $17.95 (also: ISBN 0802783325. $18.95 library binding.) LC 95-035284. The Alaska bush pilot story from the end of World War I to the start of World War II is related for upper elementary, junior and senior high school ages.
Low, Robert. Peoples of the Arctic (New York: PowerKids Press, 1996), 24 p., ISBN 0823922944. $13.95. LC 96-000294. In very general terms, information about the Inuit, the Sami, the Yakut, and the Chukchi are lumped together.
Magdanz, James. Go Home, River / illustrated by Dianne Widom (Anchorage: Alaska : Northwest Books, 1996), 32 p., ISBN 0882404768. $15.95. LC 96-005769. A young Inupiat boy takes a river trip with his family around the turn of the century and learns about the water cycle, geography, and his own culture.
Meyer, Carolyn. In a Different Light: Growing Up in a Yup'ik Eskimo Village In Alaska (New York: McElderry Books, 1996), 181 p., ISBN 0689801467. $17.00. LC 95-031140. Meyer has updated her book Eskimos: Growing Up In A Changing Culture. She shows contemporary Yup'ik culture as seen through the eyes of one family.
Miller, Debbie S. Flight of the Golden Plover: The Amazing Migration Between Hawaii And Alaska / illustrated by Daniel Van Zyle (Anchorage: Alaska Northwest Books, 1996), 32 p., ISBN 0882404741(PO Box 10306, Portland, OR 97210). $15.95. LC 95-047349. The golden plover makes an amazing 3,000 mile non-stop journey from its winter home in Hawaii to its summer nesting grounds in Alaska.
Paul, Frances Lackey. Kahtahah: A Tlingit Girl / illustrated by Rie Munoz (Anchorage: Alaska Northwest Books, 1976 ), 120 p., ISBN 0882400584 (PO Box 10306, Portland, OR 97210). $13.95. LC 76-017804. The 4th printing of the 1976 title has an updated preface, a new design and a new color painting for the cover.
Petersen, David. Denali National Park And Preserve (New York: Children's Press, 1996), 47 p., ISBN 051620050X. $19.00 (also: ISBN 0516260960. $6.95 paperback.) LC 96-001574. A book in "A True Book " series, this title details the landscape, wildlife and visitor activities at Denali National Park.
Pfeffer, Wendy. Polar Bears (Parsippany: Silver Burdett Press/Dillon, 1996), 32 p., ISBN 0382393279. $14.95. (also: ISBN 0382393260. $5.95 paperback.) LC 95-025790. Using a brief text, the author follows a pair of polar bear cubs through their first two years.
Pinczes, Elinor J. Arctic Fives Arrive / illustrated by Holly Berry (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1996), unpaged, ISBN 0395735777. $14.95. LC 95-003693. Arctic animals in groups of five journey to an ice mound and view a display of northern lights.
Pratt, Verna E. Linnaea's World / illustrated by Allene Franklin (Anchorage: Alaskakrafts, Inc., 1996), unpaged, ISBN 0962319252. $11.95. (PO Box 210087, Anchorage, AK 99521-0087) LC 96-83135. Linnaea learns about the plants around her during the changing seasons.
Riddles, Libby. Storm Run / illustrated by Shannon Cartwright (Homer: Paws IV Publishing, 1996), unpaged, ISBN 0934007314. $13.95. LC 96-071195. Libby Riddles briefly writes about her childhood and focuses on her life in Alaska through the 1985 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
Rogers, Jean. Left Field Bear (Juneau, AK : LapCat Publications, 1995), paper, 30 p., $6.95, ISBN0964199823, PO Box 20465, Juneau, AK 99802-0465, LC 95-081527. When an unusual spectator is spotted in a tree during a baseball game, Nelson manages to set his team on fire and protect the bear cub at the same time.
Spezialy, Millie. Binky's Trophy: The Story of an Alaskan Polar Bear / illustrated by the author (Anchorage: Six Suns Publishing Company, 1996), 32 p., ISBN 0965420019. $9.95. (PO Box 112852, Anchorage, AK 99511-2852) LC 96-092525. A story about the Alaska Zoo's former polar bear Binky and his fascination with shoes. A foreword from Sammye Seawell, zoo director, explains the real facts of Binky's life.
Thompson, Kathleen. Alaska (Austin: Raintree Steck-Vaughn Publishers, 1996), 48 p., ISBN 0811473228. $22.83. (also: ISBN 0811474275. $5.95 paperback.) LC 95-038325. A new edition of a 1988 title. Thompson's book provides general information on the history, economy, culture and future of Alaska.
Tripp, Angela (editor). Pacific Salmon: Alaska's Story (Santa Barbara: Albion Publishing Group, 1996), 32 p., ISBN 1880352524. Distributed free by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. wln 97-032857. Colorful illustrations show the salmon life cycle and the various salmon species. Sections about salmon and their needs and how this resource can be protected are part of the information in this well designed paperback.
Walsh Shepherd, Donna. Tundra (New York: Franklin Watts, 1996), 62 p., ISBN 0531202496. $21.00. (also: ISBN 0531158195. $6.95 paperback.) LC 96-033777. A Franklin Watts "First Book ", this title in the series discusses the climate, land formations, plant life, and animals of the tundra.
Weller, Dave and Hart, Mick. Arctic & Antarctic (San Diego: Thunder Bay Press, 1996), 73 p., ISBN 1571451226. $12.95. LC 96-005007. Books in the Changing World Series discuss plant and animal life, climate and environmental concerns.
Wood, Ted. Iditarod Dream: Dusty and His Sled Dogs Compete in Alaska's Jr. Iditarod (New York: Walker and Company, 1996), 48 p., ISBN 0802784062. $16.95 (also: ISBN 0802784070. $17.85 library binding.) LC 95-031084. 15-year-old Dusty Whittemore of Cantwell trains for and races in the 1995 Jr. Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
Compiled by Kay Shelton, Alaska State Library Bodett, Tom. The Free Fall of Webster Cummings (New York : Hyperion Books, 1996), 366p., cloth, $22.95, ISBN0786862092. LC95-025694. "A young research analyst is planted firmly on the road of discovery after a near-death encounter with gravity. "
DeArmond, Dale. Tales from the Four Winds of the North : Alaska Native Folktales Retold and Illustrated with Wood Engravings by Dale DeArmond (Juneau, Alaska : LapCat Pub., 1996), 55 p., paper, ISBN 0964199831 (PO Box 20465, Juneau, AK 99801). LC96-079657. Legends from each of four Native groups: Aleut, Athabaskan, Eskimo, and Tlingit, with many of the artist's illustrations.
Girard, Cecile, and Renee Laroche. Un Jardin sur le Toit / A Garden on the Roof (Whitehorse: Association Franco-Yukonnaise, 1994), 277 p., paper, ISBN 0-9695158-0-4, CN$19.95 plus CN$6.00 postage. Order from Mac's Fireweed Books, 203 Main Street, Whitehorse, YT, Canada Y1A 2B2. wln97-075760. Bilingual illustrated novel telling the story of Jack and Emilie Tremblay, "the first French-Canadians to answer the call of the North, " who arrived in the Klondike region before the gold rush. They mined gold, and later Emilie ran a dress shop in Dawson.
Hron, Tom. Whispers of the Mountain (New York : Signet, 1996), 350 p., paper, $ 5.99, ISBN0451187946. wln97-081165. High adventures in the Gold Rush Klondike and the rugged land of Alaska and the Yukon.
Hron, Tom. Whispers of the River (New York : Signet, 1996), 348 p., paper, $5.99, ISBN0451187806. wln96-143512. " They came from an Old West no longer wild...lured by tales of a fabulous gold strike in Alaska and found a land of majestic beauty, but one more brutal than hell. "
The Last New Land : Stories of Alaska, Past and Present / edited by Wayne Mergler ; foreword by John Haines. (Anchorage : Alaska Northwest Books, c1996.), 791 p., ISBN0882404814 (hb); ISBN0882404830 (sb). LC 96030733. Anthology of major Alaska writings (none more than about 10 pages); a sampling of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry representing most well-known Alaska writers. [Also listed in non-fiction section of this list.]
Parry, Richard. The Winter Wolf : Wyatt Earp in Alaska (New York : Forge, 1996), 380 p., ISBN031286017X (alk. paper). LC 96018269. Fact (Wyatt Earp was in Alaska during the Gold Rush) and fiction mix in this Alaska-based tale.
Quinn, Elizabeth. Lamb to the Slaughter : a Lauren Maxwell Mystery (New York : Pocket Books, 1996), 211 p., paper, $5.99, ISBN 0385313721. wln97-232984. "On the flanks of Denali, an environmental investigator fends off the FBI while she deciphers the science of murder. "
Reynolds, Brad. The Story Knife : a Father Mark Townsend Mystery (New York : Avon Books, 1996), 246 p., paper, ISBN 0380784009. wln97-012031. A murder in Seattle brings Father Townsend back to a small western Alaska village where he once had lived as he follows a trail of artifacts marketed by a local village corporation.
Straley, John. The Music of What Happens (New York : Bantam Books, 1996), 269 p., paper, cloth ISBN055309677X. LC95-032036. An investigator working out of Sitka, Cecil Younger gets a child custody case from hell and a client to match.
Wallis, Velma. Bird Girl and the Man Who Followed the Sun : Athabaskan Legend from Alaska (Fairbanks, AK : Epicenter Press, 1996.), cloth, $19.95, ISBN0945397348; also available in paper (Box 60529, Fairbanks, AK 99706, dist. By Graphic Arts Center Publishing, PO Box 10306, Portland, OR 97296-0306). LC96-032679. Author rewords two Athabaskan myths about two young people who wander far from their cultures and eventually find their way home again.
Compiled by Kay Shelton, Alaska State Library and Bruce Merrell, Anchorage Municipal Libraries
Adventures through Time : Readings in the Anthropology of Cook Inlet, Alaska : Proceedings of a Symposium/ compiled and edited by Nancy Yaw Davis and William E. Davis (Anchorage, AK : Cook Inlet Historical Society, 1996), 284 p., cloth, $40.00, ISBN1878462024 (121 West 7th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501-3696). LC96-85078.
Alaska : a Great Past, a Rich Future (Kirkland, WA : Wyndham Publications, 1995), 320 p., cloth, $49.95, ISBN0963410032 (PO Box 45, Kirkland, WA 98083-0045). LC94-062215. "This book is intended to offer an overview of the past, the present, and the potential of Alaska, in an eclectic mix of chapters by various authors, covering almost every aspect of life in what has come to be known as the Great Land. "
Alaska Ascents : World Class Mountaineers Tell their Stories, compiled by Bill Sherwonit (Anchorage : Alaska Northwest Books, 1996), 289 p., paper, $16.95, ISBN0882404792 (PO Box 10306, Portland, OR 97210). LC96-3021. Denali and other peaks in Alaska challenge the best of the mountain climbers.
Four issues published yearly, paper, non-member price is $21.95 per issue (PO Box 93370, Anchorage, AK 99509-3370). Each issue is on a single topic that is described with colorful photos and articles that explore the subject's historical, cultural, social, economic, and physical geography. 1996 (vol. 23) issues: Anchorage, Volume 23, Number 1, ISBN1566610303, wln96-144475.
Moose, Caribou and Muskox, Volume 23, Number 4, ISBN1566610338, wln97-123785.
Alaska Office of History and Archaeology, Site Summit Nike Hercules Missile Installation (Fort Richardson: US Army Alaska, 1996), 16 p., paper. ASD (Headquarters, U.S. Army Alaska, 600 Richardson Drive, #6500, Fort Richardson, AK 99505-6500). Illustrated booklet produced for the Legacy Resource Management Program about a mountaintop missile base near Anchorage.
Alaska's Marine Resources: periodical usually published three times annually; each issue covers a single topic in depth; ASD, free, (request from University of Alaska, Marine Advisory Program, 2221 East Northern Lights Blvd., Suite 110, Anchorage, AK 99509). sn95015144. Notable recent issues: Marine Mammal Protection Act (September 1995): overview of the Act, discussion of its impact on Alaskan Natives and commercial fishermen, poster of Alaska's marine mammals, and an article detailing the status of marine mammals.
Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (October 1996): Alaskan dimensions of the problem, the bacteria that cause PSP, truths, myths, historical accounts of outbreaks, and a chart describing the toxicity of Alaska's common shellfish.
A Charter Boat Operator's Guide (January 1997): articles on permits, licenses, safety equipment, drug and alcohol testing, marketing services, viewing marine mammals responsibility, list of organizations that provide more information on the industry.
Alaska Passages : Voices from Above the 54th, edited by Susan Fox Rogers (Seattle, WA : Sasquatch Books, 1996), 238 p., paper, $15.95, ISBN1570610460 (615 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104). LC96-019611. "Contemporary writers tell original, true stories of adventure, work, life and place in the last frontier. "
Alaska Standards : Content Standards for Alaska Students (Juneau, Alaska : Alaska Department of Education, Alaska State Board of Education, 1996), 38p, paper, ASD, free (Standards, Department of Education, 801 W. Tenth Street, Juneau, AK 99801-1894). wln96-228671. Standards give students and teachers a clear target, help focus energy and resources on student achievement, and serve as a tool for judging how well students are learning and how well schools are performing. These standards were adopted as voluntary guidelines during 1994 and 1995.
Alaska Stories : Tales from the Wild Frontier, edited by John and Kirsten Miller (San Francisco : Chronicle Books, 1995), 182 p., paper, $11.95, ISBN0811806760 (275 Fifth Street, San Francisco, CA 94103). LC94-015574. Introduced by Michael Doogan, columnist for the Anchorage Daily News, this volume gathers great fiction and non-fiction by authors such as John McPhee, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Jack London, and Margaret Murie.
Annabel, Russell. Alaskan Adventures: Volume I -The Early Years (Huntington Beach CA: Safari Press, 1996), 280 p., cloth, $50.00 plus postage (15621 Chemical Lane, Bldg. B, Huntington Beach, CA 92649-1506). First of a projected four-volume series which will collect the noted outdoor writer's hunting stories, from the 1930s to 1970s. [Already out of print, per call to publisher in October 1996.]
All That Glitters: A Centennial Exhibition on the Alaska-Yukon Gold Rushes /Kenneth DeRoux, guest curator (Juneau, AK : Alaska State Museum, 1996), 35 p., paper, ASD, $10.00 (Alaska State Museum Store, 395 Whittier Street, Juneau, AK 99801). LC96-9622419 Exhibit catalog with colorful illustrations with information on the journey to the Klondike, supplies needed, helpful hints, maps, mining methods, and a timeline on the major gold discoveries in the Yukon and Alaska.
Arctic Information and Data : a Guide to Selected Resources/ compiled and edited by Martha Andrews and members of the US Polar Information Working Group. 2nd edition (Fairbanks, AK : Arctic Research Consortium of the United States, 1996), 56 p., paper, ASD (ARCUS, 600 University Avenue, Suite 1, Fairbanks, AK 99709).. wln96-145821. Lists libraries, resource people and basic bibliographic sources for the study of the Arctic.
Armstrong, Robert H. Alaska's Fish : a Guide to Selected Species (Anchorage : Alaska Northwest Books, 1996), 94p., paper, $12.95, ISBN 0882404725 (PO Box 10306, Portland, OR 97210). LC 95-047350. Color photographs accompany this key to fish commonly found in Alaskan waters.
Arts and Architecture in Alaska's Past: Papers Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Alaska Historical Society, Sitka, Alaska, November 9-12, 1989 (Anchorage: Alaska Historical Society, 1996), 150 p., comb-bound, ISBN 0-940521-075, $16.00 for members, $19.00 for non-members, plus $2.00 postage (PO Box 100299, Anchorage, AK 99510-0299). wln97-057178.
Atamian, Sarkis. The Bears of Manley : Adventures of an Alaskan Trophy Hunter in Search of the Ultimate Symbol (Anchorage, AK : Publication Consultants, 1995), 447 p., cloth, $29.95, ISBN1888125012 (PO Box 221974, Anchorage, AK 99522-1974). LC95-071680. Explores the philosophy and psychological aspects of hunting.
Averill, Lloyd J., and Daphne K. Morris. Northwest Coast Native and Native-style Art : a Guidebook for Western Washington (Seattle, WA : University of Washington Press, 1995), 215 p., paper, $19.95, ISBN0295974680 (PO Box 50096, Seattle, WA 98145-5096). LC95-21962. Includes Washington dealers who carry Alaska native arts and crafts.
Barth, Steve. The Smithsonian Guides to Natural America: The Pacific--Hawaii and Alaska / Alaska text and photography, Kim Heacox. (Washington, DC : Smithsonian Books/New York, NY : Random House, 1995), 288 p., paper, $16.95 (470 L'Enfant Plaza, Room 7100, Washington, DC 20560). LC94-029730. Color photographs illustrate this guide to the ecology and natural beauty of national forest, parks, and wilderness preserves and nature sanctuaries found in these states.
Brewster, Mary. "She Was a Sister Sailor ": The Whaling Journals of Mary Brewster, 1845-1851 / edited by Joan Druett (Mystic, CT: Mystic Seaport Museum, 1992), 449 p., cloth, $39.95 plus $4.00 postage, ISBN0913372609, (order from Cook Inlet Book Company, 415 West Fifth Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501). LC94-111649.
Buchholdt, Thelma. Filipinos in Alaska, 1788-1958 (Anchorage : Aboriginal Press, 1996), 187 p., paper, $18.00, ISBN0965541509, (600 Barrow St., Suite 402, Anchorage, AK 99501). LC96-949940. An Asian Alaskan Cultural Center history in Alaska documentation project. This is the first book that traces history and culture of the Filipinos in Alaska from the record of the first merchant seaman in the last quarter of the Eighteenth Century through the community just before Statehood.
Burns, Mary. The Private Eye : Observing Snow Geese (Vancouver : UBC Press), cloth, 207 p., ISBN0774805757 (University of British Columbia, 6344 Memorial Road, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2). cn96-910494. Snow geese as seen through the eyes of native peoples, scientists, artists, writers, and farmers from Alaska to the Pacific Northwest.
Clark, A. McFadyen. Who Lived in this House?: A Study of Koyukuk Semisubterranean Houses, Mercury Series, (Ottawa: Canadian Museum of Civilization, 1996), 282p., paper, $24.95 plus $4.00 postage, ISBN0660159589, (distributed by University of Washington Press, PO Box 50096, Seattle, WA 98145-5096). Study of a house style shared by Inupiat Eskimos and Koyukon Athabaskan Indians in the northwestern interior of Alaska.
Cohen, Stan. A Klondike Centennial Scrapbook (Missoula: Pictorial Histories Publishing, 1996), 184 p., paper, $24.95 plus $4.00 postage, ISBN1575100142X (713 South Third St. West, Missoula, MT 59801). "Movies, music, guides, photographs, artifacts and personalities of the great Klondike gold rush, " many drawn from the collection of Candy Waugaman of Fairbanks.
Consumer Guide to Selecting a Mediator (Anchorage, AK : Alaska Judicial Council, 1996), 16 p., paper, ASD, free (Alaska Judicial Council, 1029 West Third Ave., Suite 201, Anchorage, AK 99501). wln96-143442. Mediation serves as an alternative and as a supplement to the judicial process. This booklet discusses the qualifications and competencies of mediators and provides a five-step process for choosing a qualified one; includes lists of local and national organizations and notes on standards of practice.
Darack, Ed. 6194, Denali Solo (Davis, CA : Ed Darack Photography, 1995), 168 p., paper, $14.00, ISBN 1884980805 (PO Box 2091, Davis, CA 95617). LC94094043. Lone climber conveys not only what it is like to explore Mt. McKinley and gain the peak (6194 meters above sea level), but also what extreme adventures such as this can teach us about ourselves.
Darnell, Frank, and Anton Hoem. Taken to Extremes : Education in the Far North (Oslo, Norway : Stockholm, Sweden : Scandinavian University Press, 1996), 299 p., cloth, $37.00, ISBN8200225887 (North American Office, 875 Massachusetts Ave., Ste. 84, Cambridge, MA 02139). wln96268682. Examines the history of education and the contemporary issues of schooling in the circumpolar countries outside of Russia.
Davis, Richard C. Lobsticks and Stone Cairns : Human Landmarks in the Arctic (Calgary : University of Calgary Press, 1996), 326 p., paper, CN$29.95, ISBN1895176697 (2500 University Drive N. W., Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4). cn96-910557. Profiles of Arctic explorers and their activities in the Canadian Arctic from the sixteenth century to those who are still active today.
Davis, Robert M. Alaska Tales 2 : Goin' With the Floes (Juneau, AK : LapCat Publications, 1994), 127 p., paper, $9.95, ISBN0964199815 (PO Box 20465, Juneau, AK 99802-0465). LC95-076138. More unique Alaskan experiences!
Davis, Robert M. Alaska Tales: Flying is Fun? (Juneau, AK : LapCat Publications, 1994), 62 p., paper, $8.95, ISBN0964199807 (PO Box 20465, Juneau, AK 99802-0465). LC 94-096150. Anecdotes from the author's thirty years of travel around the state from the 1960s through the 1990s when he worked first for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and then the Alaska Department of Education.
DeArment, Robert K. Alias Frank Canton (Norman, OK : University of Oklahoma Press, 1996), 402 p., cloth, $29.95, ISBN0806128283 (PO Box 787, Norman, OK 73070-0787). LC95-38758. His many adventures in the West included experiences as a peace officer and gold prospector in the Circle and Rampart areas during the Klondike gold rush.
DeArmond, Robert N. From Sitka's Past (Sitka: Sitka Historical Society, 1995), 259 p., paper, $34.95 plus postage, ISBN0964485214 (330 Harbor Drive, Sitka, AK 99835). wln95-071507. A selection of 49 newspaper columns on historical topics, by a noted journalist and historian.
Dickinson, Christine Frances, and Diane Solie Smith. Atlin: The Story of British Columbia's Last Gold Rush (Atlin: Atlin Historical Society, 1995), 379 p., paper, , CN$18.99 plus CN$6.00 postage, ISBN0771082509 (order from Mac's Fireweed Books, 203 Main Street, Whitehorse, YT, Canada YIA 2B2). wln96-287573. While thousands of prospectors were attempting to reach the Klondike, gold was discovered near Atlin Lake in northwestern British Columbia.
Dixon, Michael P. Alaska Bound: Life of Travels and Adventure in the Far North (Douglas, AK : Dixon Paperback, Co., 1996), 180 p., paper, $13.95, ISBN0963998102 (PO Box 240804, Douglas, AK 99824-0804). LC94-093811. Essays by author who traces some of the routes explored by Jack London.
Doogan, Mike. Fashion Means your Fur Hat is Dead : a Guide to Good Manners and Social Survival in Alaska / illustrated by Dee Boyles. (Fairbanks : Epicenter Press, c1996), 157 p., paper, $14.95 plus $4.00 shipping, ISBN 0945397542 (Box 60529, Fairbanks, AK 99706, dist. By Graphic Arts Center Publishing, PO Box 10306, Portland, OR 97296-0306). LC96-86224. Anchorage Daily News columnist and humorist presents his version of an Alaska "code of conduct. "
Driscoll, Cynthia Brackett. One Woman's Gold Rush: Snapshots from Mollie Brackett's Lost Photo Album, 1898-1899 (Kalamazoo: Oak Woods Media, 1996), 128 p., paper, $12.00, ISBN 088196007 (PO Box 19127, Kalamazoo, MI 49019). LC96-12942. Skagway and Atlin history with photos taken by the daughter-in-law of Skagway's wagon-road builder.
The Enduring Forests : Northern California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Southeast Alaska / Ruth Kirk, editor; Charles Mauzy, photo editor (Seattle, WA : Mountaineers and Mountaineers Foundation, 1996), cloth, 175 p., $27.95, ISBN0898864674, 1001 SW Klickitat Way, Suite 201, Seattle, WA 98134. LC95-049553. Five essays with color photographs depicting the forest ecology and old growth forests of the Pacific Northwest.
Enrico, John James and Wendy Bross Stuart. Northern Haida Songs (Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 1996), 519 p., cloth, $85.00, ISBN0803218168 (312 North Lincoln Street, Lincoln, NE 68588-0484). LC96-4211. An ethnomusicologist and a linguist collaborate in this major study of Haida music and folk songs.
Ewing, Susan. The Great Alaska Nature Factbook: a Guide to the State's Remarkable Animals, Plants, and Natural Features (Anchorage : Alaska Northwest Books, 1996), 223 p., paper, $14.95 ISBN0882404547 (PO Box 10306, Portland, OR 97210). LC95-47351. Divided into the broad categories of animals, plants, and natural features, the author gives brief descriptions of various Alaskan subjects.
Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Symposium (1993 : Anchorage, Alaska)/ Proceedings of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Symposium/ edited by Stanley D. Rice...[et al.] (Bethesda, MD : American Fisheries Society, 1996), 931 p., ISBN0913235954 (5410 Grosvenor Lane, Suite 110, Bethesda, MD 20814-2199). LC96-085358.
Fairy Tales and Myths of the Bering Sea Chukchi/ edited by Alexander B. Dolitsky; translated by Henry N. Michael (Juneau, AK : Alaska-Siberia Research Center, 1996), paper, 125 p. $15.00 ISBN0965389103 (PO Box 34871, Juneau, AK 99803). wln96343021. Translation of 56 Chukchi folklore and stories first published in 1974 Russian edition, edited by E. Meletinski.
Fejes, Claire. Cold Starry Night (Fairbanks, AK : Epicenter Press, 1996), paper, $19.95 plus $4.00 shipping, ISBN0945397550 (Box 60529, Fairbanks, AK 99706, dist. By Graphic Arts Center Publishing, PO Box 10306, Portland, OR 97296-0306). LC96-043182. Excerpts and stories from this Alaskan artist's journal that she began in 1946, when she accompanied her husband to Fairbanks and then into the Bush.
Ferrell, Ed. Strange Stories of Alaska and the Yukon (Fairbanks, AK : Epicenter Press, 1996), 160 p., paper, $13.95 plus $4.00 postage, ISBN0945397518 (Box 60529, Fairbanks, AK 99706, dist. By Graphic Arts Center Publishing, PO Box 10306, Portland, OR 97296-0306). LC96-005220. "Unexplained phenomena with a northern twist-all the stories come from Alaska and Yukon of the 1880s to 1940s; " includes sources.
Ferrell, Ed. Biographies of Alaska- Yukon Pioneers, 1850-1950, Volume 2 (Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1996), 371 p., paper, $29.50 plus $4.00 postage (1540-E Pointer Ridge Place, Suite 301, Bowie, MD 20716). LC95-105172. A second volume of four hundred biographies with source notes, most from the period 1880-1910, collected by a longtime resident of Juneau.
Fienup-Riordan, Ann, and Mary Meade. Agayuliyararput:/ Our Way of Making Prayer, Kegginaqut, Kangii-Illy/Yup'ik Masks and the Stories They Tell (Seattle, WA: Anchorage Museum of History and Art in association with University of Washington Press, 1996), 272 p., paper, $14.95 plus $4.00 postage, ISBN0295975091 (PO Box 50097, Seattle, WA 98145-5096). LC95-025849. Text explaining Yup'ik masks and culture. [Not the same as the next item which is recommended because of its extensive color illustrations.]
Fienup-Riordan, Ann. The Living Tradition of Yup'ik Masks: Agayuliyararput, Our Way of Making Prayer (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1996), 320 p., cloth, $70.00, ISBN 0-295-97501-6 (PO Box 50096, Seattle, WA 98145-5096). LC95-23296. Richly illustrated museum catalog for a major exhibit. Exceptional.
Fineberg, Richard A. Pipeline in Peril : a Status Report on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline /prepared for the Alaska Forum for Environmental Responsibility (Valdez, AK : Alaska Forum for Environmental Responsibility, 1996), 1 v. with various paging , paper, ASD (PO Box 188, Valdez, AK 99686). wln96-331148. Executive Summary, a shorter document, is also available. "Report focuses on the condition of TAPS [Trans-Alaska Pipeline System] and the ability of its owners to honor their commitment to operate a highly profitable pipeline with minimal risk to the environment and to worker and public safety. "
Fond Memories of Anchorage Pioneers : Personal Histories / written by Pioneers of Alaska, Igloo 15, Auxiliary 4.(Anchorage, Alaska : The Pioneers, 1996), 286p., cloth (Box 101041, Anchorage, AK 99510-1041). LC 95-083083. Sketches of members of the Anchorage organization that keeps alive the memories of Alaska's early settlers.
Frank, Johnny and Sarah Frank. Neerihiinjik: Johnny Sarah Haa Googwandak = We Traveled from Place to Place: the Gwich'in Stories of Johnny and Sarah Frank, edited by Craig Mishler (Fairbanks : Alaska Native Language Center, 1995), 685 p., paper, , $29.00 plus postage, ISBN 1555000541, ASD (PO Box 757680, U. A. Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK 99775-7680). LC95-004510.
Freedman, Lewis. Wild Times in Wild Places Adventures on Alaska's Frontier (Anchorage, AK: Glacier Press, 1996), paper, 192 p., $14.95 (Available from Borders Books, 1100 East Dimond Blvd., Anchorage, AK 99515-2010). wln96-283355. Contemporary adventures of mountain climbing, mushing and braving the great outdoors of Alaska.
Galbraith, Betty, compiler. Directory of United States Arctic Researchers : a Preliminary Compendium (Fairbanks : Arctic Research Consortium of the United States, 1996), paper, ASD (ARCUS, 600 University Avenue, Suite 1, Fairbanks, AK 99709). wln96-121497.
Garfield, Brian. Thousand Mile War (Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 1996), 456 p., $35.95 cloth, ISBN 0-912006-82-X; $24.95 paper, ISBN 0-912006-83-8, plus $3.00 postage, PO Box 756240, Fairbanks, AK 99775-6240. LC95-039358. "Newly revised and expanded edition " of the classic account of World War II in Alaska, with new introduction by Terence Cole. [Small public libraries should have one edition of this title; earlier editions are still good!]
Geology of Alaska, edited by George Plafker and Henry C. Berg. (Boulder, CO : Geological Society of America, 1994), 1055 p., 2 v., cloth, $135.00, ISBN 0813752191 (3300 Penrose Place, PO Box 9140, Boulder, CO 80301). LC94-018088. One of series that marks the centennial of the Geological Society of America, the book consists of 33 chapters and 13 plates that describe the geology and geophysics of each of Alaska's principal onshore and offshore regions and also covers a spectrum of topical subjects. Brings together a summary and bibliography of virtually all that now is known about the geology of the state and its offshore margins.
Graburn, Nelson H. H., Molly Lee, and Jean-Loup Rousselot, Catalogue Raissonne of the Alaska Commercial Company Collection, Phoebe Apperson Hearst Museum of Anthropology (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996), 582 p., paper, ISBN0520097831, ASD (University of California Press, Berkeley, CA 94720). LC95-042187. Illustrated catalog of Native artifacts includes a twenty-page essay by Molly Lee on the history of the Alaska Commercial Company.
Griffin, Joy. Alaska Earthquake 1964 : Where Were You? (Homer, AK : Wizard Works, 1996), paper, 271p., $15.95, ISBN0962154377 (PO Box 1125, Homer, AK 99603-1125). wln97-45519. "In 1994, the 30th anniversary of the quake, the Friends of the Homer Public Library asked residents for recollections of that day. These are their stories, just as they have told them. "
Guide to Museums in Alaska: a Directory of Non-Profit Institutions / compiled and published by the Alaska State Museums with the support of Museums Alaska and the Friends of the Alaska State Museum (Juneau, AK : Alaska State Museums, 1996), 27 p., paper, ASD (395 Whittier Street, Juneau, AK 99801). wln96-144740.
Haughton, Lonnie. Stalking the Side-Hill Salmon : Collection of Lonnie Haughton's Boating, Fishing and Hunting Stories from the Pages of the Alaska Fisherman's Journal (Port Protection, AK : Great Wave Publishing, 1996), 130 p., $12.95, ISBN0964063719 (22 Beach, Port Protection, AK 99950). LC96-75494. An Alaskan troller from the Southeast tells some good stories about his adventures.
Haycox, Stephen W., and Mary Childers Mangusso, editors, An Alaska Anthology: Interpreting the Past (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1996), 480 p., paper, $24.95 plus $4.00 postage, ISBN 0-295-97495-8 (PO Box 50096, Seattle, WA 98145-5096). Revision of the 1989 anthology Interpreting Alaska's History; more than half the twenty-five essays are new in this edition.
Hays, Otis, Jr.. The Alaska-Siberia Connection: The World War II Air Route (College Station: Texas A&M University, 1996),192 p., cloth, $34.95 plus postage,, ISBN 0-89096-711-3 (Drawer C, College Station, TX 77843-4354). LC96-017489. History of the Lend-Lease program that sent American warplanes to the Soviet Union.
Hinckley, Ted C. The Canoe Rocks: Alaska's Tlingit and the Euramerican Frontier, 1800-1912 (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1996), 458 p., cloth, ISBN076180210X, ASD(4720 Boston Way, Lanham, MD 20706). LC95-046004.
Hinckley, Ted C. War, Wings, and a Western Youth, 1925-1945 (Raleigh, NC: Pentland Press, 1996), 165 p., cloth, $19.95 plus postage, ISBN1571970096 (5124 Bur Oak Circle, Raleigh, NC 27619). LC95-071348. Autobiography by an historian and university professor whose focus was late nineteenth and early twentieth century Alaskan history.
Jacobs, Jane, editor, A Schoolteacher in Old Alaska: The Story of Hannah Breece (New York: Random House, 1996), 302 p., cloth, $24.00 plus postage, ISBN0394224760 (201 East 50th Street, New York, NY 10022). cn95-931182. Life story of a woman who taught in Alaska from 1904 to 1918, illustrated with her photographs.
Jans, Nick. A Place Beyond : Finding Home in Arctic Alaska (Anchorage, AK : Alaska Northwest Books, 1996), cloth, $22.95, ISBN 0882404776 (PO Box 10306, Portland, OR 97210). LC96-19763. Essays on the rhythms of arctic life and adventure that the author finds around his home, the Eskimo village of Ambler, Alaska.
Jordan, Nancy. Frontier Physician: the Life and Legacy of Dr. C. Earl Albrecht (Fairbanks: Press, 1996), 222 p., paper, $14.95 plus $4.00 postage, ISBN 0-945397-50-X, (Box 60529, Fairbanks, AK 99706, dist. By Graphic Arts Center Publishing, PO Box 10306, Portland, OR 97296-0306). LC96-000627. Life story of a medical doctor who arrived in Alaska in the 1930s to serve the Matanuska Colony and went on to become a leader in the field of circumpolar health.
Kent, Rockwell. Wilderness: A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska (Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1996), 204 p., paper, $12.95 plus postage, ISBN 0819552933, (23 South Main Street, Hanover, NH 03755-2048). Journal of the famed artist who, with his son, spent seven months on an island near Seward in 1918. This is a reprint of the 1920 text with a new introduction by Seward resident Doug Capra.
Kidder, Lyn. Tacos on the Tundra : the Story of Barrow, Alaska's Long-Time Resident, Fran Tate / photographs by Frederic Moras. (Anchorage, Alaska : Bonaparte Books, c1996), 266 p., $16.50, ISBN0965482626 (Box 139, 205 E. Dimond Blvd., Anchorage, AK 99515). wln97150982. The story of a special restaurateur, owner of Pepe's North of the Border located in Barrow, Alaska's farthest north city.
King, Irving H. The Coast Guard Expands, 1865-1915. New Roles, New Frontiers (Annapolis, MD : Naval Institute Press, 1996), 283 p., cloth, $37.95 plus postage, ISBN 155750458X (118 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21402-5035). LC 95-078095. Part of a series, this history of the Revenue Cutter Service before its transformation into the US Coast Guard includes much about Alaska.
Klein, Janet R. The Homer Spit: Coal, Gold, & Con Men (Homer: Kachemak Country Publications, 1996), 70 p. , paper, , $9.95 plus postage, ISBN0965115712 (PO Box 3406, Homer, AK 99603-3406). LC 96-9465. Compendium of quotations and illustrations from the earliest recorded history of the Homer Spit through the early 1900s, published to celebrate the Centennial of the naming of Homer in 1896.
The Kohklux Map, (Whitehorse: Yukon Historical & Museums Association, 1995), 39 p., CN$12.95 plus CN$6.00 postage, ISBN 0921114087, (order from Mac's Fireweed Books, 203 Main Street, Whitehorse, YT, Canada YIA 2B2). cn95-900082. History of an 1867 map of the Yukon's interior, drawn by a Tlingit Chilkat chief; includes a large reproduction of the map.
Kremers, Carolyn. Place of the Pretend People : Gifts from a Yup'ik Eskimo Village (Anchorage : Alaska Northwest Books, 1996), 239 p., cloth, ISBN0882404784, $22.95, LC 96013098. The author reflects on her experiences while a teacher of music and English in Tunanak on Nelson Island and what her impressions are now.
Kutz, Kenneth J. Klondike Gold : the Philatelic History of the Klondike Gold Rush (Darien, CT : Gold Fever Publishing, c1996), 268 p., paper, $20.00, ISBN0962041157 (Seven Whaling Road, Darien, CT 06820). LC 95081634. The Gold Rush and its postal history told with many illustrations of postal artifacts.
Lander, James F. Tsunamis affecting Alaska, 1737-1996 (Boulder, Colo. : U.S. Dept. of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service, National Geophysical Data Center, 1996), 195 p., paper, $15.00, (325 Broadway, E/GC4, Dept. 988, Boulder, CO 80303-3328). wln97126645. Catalog of known tsunamis in historic time, including extensive background, sources, charts, dates plus explanation of plate tectonics and the complexity of studying tsunamis in Alaska.
Large, R. Geddes. The Skeena, River of Destiny (Surrey, B.C. : Heritage House, 1996), 214 p., paper, $17.95, ISBN1895811198 (#8 - 17921 55th Avenue, Surrey, BC V7S 6C4). cn96-9103530. Reprint of 1957 classic study of the Skeena River in British Columbia.
The Last New Land : Stories of Alaska, Past and Present / edited by Wayne Mergler ; foreword by John Haines. (Anchorage : Alaska Northwest Books, c1996.), 791 p., ISBN0882404814 (hb); ISBN0882404830 (sb). LC 96030733. Anthology of major Alaska writings (none more than about 10 pages); a sampling of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry representing most well-known Alaska writers. [Also listed in adult fiction section of this list.]
Leo, Richard. Way out Here : Modern Life in Ice-Age Alaska (Seattle : Sasquatch Books, 1996), 191 p., paper, $14.95, ISBN1570610614 (615 Second Ave., Seattle, WA 98104). LC96-004292. Essays reflect author's life and his relation to neighbors and the land on a remote homestead in the Susitna Valley.
Leonard, Frank. A Thousand Blunders: The Grand Trunk Pacific Railway and Northern British Columbia (Vancouver: UBC Press, 1996), 344 p., cloth, CN$49.95 plus CN$5.00 postage ISBN0774805323 (University of British Columbia, 6344 Memorial Road, Vancouver, BC V6T lZ2). LC96-132748. Story of "one of the greatest failures in Canadian entrepreneurial history, " with particular emphasis on the communities of Prince Rupert, Hazelton, and Prince George; based on the author's 1988 dissertation.
Leonard, John W. The Gold Fields of the Klondike (Whitehorse: Clairedge, 1994), 209 p., cloth, CN$19.95 plus CN$6.00 postage, ISBN0969872305 (order from Mac's Fireweed Books, 203 Main Street, Whitehorse, YT, Canada YlA 2B2). cn95-009442. "The story as told by Ladue, Berry, Phiscator and other gold finders; " reprint of the 1897 edition, with photographs and illustrations.
Lethcoe, Jim and Nancy. Valdez Gold Rush Trails of 1898-1899 (Valdez, Alaska : Prince William Sound Books, c1996.), 136 p., paper, ISBN 1877900052 (Box 1313, Valdez, AK 99686). wln96242104. Maps, excerpts from journals, and historic photos combine to tell a fascinating story of this route to the gold fields. An appendix lists the names gleaned from many sources of over 1000 of the 3000 stampeders.
Levi, Steven C. Cowboys of the Sky: The Story of Alaska's Bush Pilots (New York: Walker and Company, 1996), 114 p., cloth, $17.95 plus postage, ISBN080278331-7 (435 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014). LC95-035284.
Liapunova, Roza Gavrilovna. [Ocherki po etnografii aleutov. English] Essays on the Ethnography of the Aleuts: at the end of the Eighteenth and the first half of the Nineteenth Century / translated by Jerry Shelest with the editorial assistance of William B. Workman and Lydia T. Black (Fairbanks, AK : University of Alaska Press, 1996), paper, 256 p., ISBN0912006854 (PO Box 756240, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK 99775-6240). LC96-016064. Originally published in Russian twenty years ago, this volume reviews early historical sources and ethnological collections found in Russian and English that document Aleut life and material culture.
Library of Congress. Many Nations : a Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Indian and Alaska Native Peoples of the United States / edited by Patrick Frazier and the Publishing Office. (Washington : Library of Congress, 1996), 334 p., paper, ISBN0844409049 (for sale by the Superintendent of Documents, U. S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402). LC 96-42503. Responding to increasing public interest in Native American heritage, the library staff has compiled this guide by grouping the resources into major subject categories.
Limbaugh, Ronald H. John Muir's "Stickeen " and the Lessons of Nature (Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 1996), 185 p., cloth, $22.95 plus $3.00 postage, ISBN 0912006846 (PO Box 756240, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK 99775-6240). Evolution of Muir's most popular book, which is based on an adventure on a glacier in southeast Alaska in 1880.
MacBride, W. D. All My Rivers Flowed West: Autobiography of W. D. MacBride, "the Montana Kid " (Whitehorse: Beringian Books, 1991), 96 p., paper, CN$11.99 plus CN$6.00 postage, ISBN0969274440 (order from Mac's Fireweed Books, 203 Main Street, Whitehorse, YT, Canada YlA 2B2). Cn92-008918. Life story of a Yukon riverboat and railroad man.
MacDonald, George F. Haida Art (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1996), 256 p., cloth, $60.00 plus $4.00 postage, ISBN029597561X (PO Box 50096, Seattle, WA 98145-5096). "The definitive book on Haida art provides an informed overview of Haida art in a historical, cultural, and cosmological context. "
Macdonald, Ian, and Betty O'Keefe. The Klondike's "Dear Little Nugget " (Victoria, BC : Horsdal & Schubart, 1996) 151 p., paper, CN$12.95, ISBN 0920663451 (623-425 Simcoe St., Victoria, DC V8V4T3). LC96-168166. Story of newspaper men Gene Allen and his brother George and life during the great gold rush as portrayed on the pages of the first Dawson newspaper, The Klondike Nugget.
Mackay, James Alexander. Vagabond of Verse: Robert Service, a Biography (North Pomfret, VT: Trafalgar Square, 1996), 432 p., cloth, $35.00, ISBN 1851587047; paper, $22.95, ISBN 1851588493, plus postage, (PO Box 257, North Pomfret, VT 05053). wln96-34406. Chronicle of the bard's life.
Mammals of Alaska : a Comprehensive Guide from the Publishers of Alaska Geographic (Anchorage : Alaska Geographic Society, 1996), 176 p., paper, $17.95, ISBN 1566610346, (PO Box 93370, Anchorage, AK 99509-3370). LC 96-44185. Pocket guide gives each Alaskan mammal two pages of physical description, range, food, life history and color photograph.
McGhee, Robert. Ancient People of the Arctic (Vancouver, B.C. : UBC Press : Canadian Museum of Civilization, 1996), cloth, 244 p., $29.95 plus postage, ISBN0774805536 (University of British Columbia, 6344 Memorial Road, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2; distributed by University of Washington Press, PO Box 50096, Seattle, WA 98145-5096). wln96-303436. Traces the lives of the Paleo-Eskimos, the first explorers of the Arctic four thousand years ago.
Molett, William E. Robert Peary and Matthew Henson at the North Pole (Frankfort, KY : Elkhorn Press, ), 123 p., $19.95, ISBN 095165302 (available from Wm. E. Molett, 1003 River Bend Road, Frankfort, KY 40601). wln97-050242. Presents Peary's case for reaching the North Pole, analyzing the sledge speeds, distances, weathers, and other factors.
Moore, Delores L. Penny: Half Coyote, or Half Wolf - and All Heart (Anchorage, AK : Lighthouse Publications, 1966), 155 p., paper, $9.95, ISBN1888844000 (PO Box 210288, Anchorage, AK 99521-0288). LC96-76842. A dog shares the life of a family that moves to Kodiak following the Good Friday Earthquake in 1964.
Morgan, Murray. Confederate Raider in the North Pacific: The Saga of the C. S. S. Shenandoah, 1864-65 (Pullman: Washington State University Press, 1996), 352 p., paper, $19.95 plus postage, ISBN0874221234 (PO Box 645910, Pullman, WA 99164-5910). Account of the last shots fired in the Civil War--off the coast of Alaska. Originally published as Dixie Raider in 1948.
Naish, John M. The Interwoven Lives of George Vancouver, Archibald Menzies, Joseph Whidbey, and Peter Puget: Exploring the Pacific Northwest Coast (Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 1996), 537 p., ISBN077348857X (Box 450, Lewiston, NY 14092-0450). LC95-043268.
Nardelli, Vanessa M., and Eleanor E. Wein. The Healthy Eating Handbook for Yukon First Nations (Edmonton, Alberta : Canadian Circumpolar Institute, University of Alberta, 1996), 71 p., paper, CN$25.00, ISBN1896445012 (CCI, University of Alberta, Third Floor, 8820-112th St., Edmonton, AL, CANADA T6G 2E2). cn96-910269. Food and nutrition, including native foods.
Neufeld, David, and Frank Norris. Chilkoot Trail: Heritage Route to the Klondike (Whitehorse, Yukon : Lost Moose Publishing, 1996), 182 p., paper, $19-95 plus postage (58 Kluane Crescent, Whitehorse, YT YlA 3G7). wln96-281768. Historians from Parks Canada and the US National Park Service tell the story of the Klondike gold rush trail; over 250 photographs.
Nicholson, William H. Sunken Gillnets : Fishing in Bristol Bay, Alaska (Publication Consultants, PO Box 221974, Anchorage, AK 99522-1974), 172 p., paper, $14.95, ISBN1888125101 (available from: John W. Nicholson, Box 41, Dillingham, AK 99576). LC96-70832. Experiences of a herring and salmon fisherman in Bristol Bay; especially focuses on the Togiak herring fishery .
Norris, Frank B. Isolated Paradise : an Administrative History of the Katmai and Aniakchak National Park Units (Anchorage, Alaska : National Park Service, Alaska System Support Office, 1996), 539 p., paper. wln96-301372. Complementing information already detailed in Embattled Katmai (1971) and Tourism in Katmai (1992), the present volume describes how the parks were conceived and established and how it has been managed to the present day. Issues that emerged in the 1990s, however, are not fully covered.
Northern Lights: A Brief History of Alaska's Electric Cooperatives (Anchorage: Alaska Rural Electric Cooperative Association, 1994), 24 p., paper (703 West Tudor Road, Suite 200, Anchorage, AK 99503). wln94-382196.
Oakley, Barbara A. Hair of the Dog : Tales from Aboard a Russian Trawler (Pullman, WA : Washington State University Press, 1996), 190 p., cloth, $35.00, ISBN087422134X; paper, $19.95, ISBN0874221358 (PO Box 645910, Pullman, WA 99164-5910). LC96-853. Serving as a translator aboard the Russian processing ships where Russian and American fishermen worked together during a joint fishing venture in the 1980s.
O'Clair, Rita M., Sandra C. Lindstrom, Irwin R. [i.e. M.] Brodo. Southeast Alaska's Rocky Shores : Seaweeds and Lichens (Auke Bay, Alaska : Plant Press, 1996), 149 p., paper, $14.95, (PO Box 210094, Auke Bay, AK 99821-0094). wln96331872. "A guide to the abundant and diverse organisms living between tidelines on the rocky shores of Southeast Alaska. "
Pels, Jacquelin Ruth Benson. Unga Island Girl [Ruth's Book] (Walnut Creek: Hardscratch Press, 1996), 312 p., paper, ISBN0962542970, $24.50 plus postage (2358 Banbury Place, Walnut Creek, CA 94598). "A daughter's adaptation of letters, photographs, and research into her mother's life. "
Potterfield, Peter. In the Zone : Epic Survival Stories from the Mountaineering World (Seattle, WA : Mountaineers, c1996), 270 p. cloth, $22.95, ISBN 0898864828 (The Mountaineers, 1001 SW Klickitat Way, Seattle, WA 98134). LC96-25476. Stories of climbers who narrowly escaped death on some of the world's most renowned peaks; one of the three accounts is that of Colby Coombs' experience on Mount Foraker in the Alaska Range.
Ray, Dorothy Jean. A Legacy of Arctic Art, foreword by Aldona Jonaitis ; photographs by Barry McWayne (Fairbanks: University of Alaska Museum, 1996), 196 p., cloth, $40.00 plus $4.00 postage, ISBN0295975075 (order from University of Washington Press, PO Box 50096, Seattle, WA 98145-5096). LC95-36452. Ray describes her collection of nearly 100 Eskimo artifacts that are now part of the UAF Museum.
Reynolds, Stephen. Beyond the Killing Tree : Journey of Discovery (Fairbanks : Epicenter Press, 1995), 191 p., cloth, $19.95, ISBN 0945397429 (Box 60529, Fairbanks, AK 99706, dist. By Graphic Arts Center Publishing, PO Box 10306, Portland, OR 97296-0306). LC 95-22083. A game warden for 26 years, the author relates stories of his work in New Mexico and Alaska and reflects on man's place in the natural world.
Rice, Elbert Floyd. Building in the North / 4th edition (Anchorage, AK : Alaska Science and Technology Foundation, 1996), 93 p., paper, ASD (complimentary copies available from 4500 Diplomacy Drive, Suite 515, Anchorage, AK 99508-5918). wln96-339449. Selection of articles that originally appeared in Northern Engineer, updated and enhanced in this fourth edition. A basic information source.
Rychetnik, Joe. Alaska's Sky Follies: The Funny Side of Flying in the Far North (Fairbanks, AK: Epicenter Press, 1995), 160 p., paper, $13.95 plus $4.00 postage, ISBN 0945397445 (Box 60529, Fairbanks, AK 99706, dist. By Graphic Arts Center Publishing, PO Box 10306, Portland, OR 97296-0306). LC95-031122. Aviation tales collected by a former state trooper.
Sawatsky, Don. Ghost Towns and Trails of the Yukon (Whitehorse: Northbush Publications, 1994), 126 p., paper, $9.95 plus postage, ISBN 1896079016 (order from Mac's Fireweed Books, 203 Main Street, Whitehorse, YT, Canada YlA 2B2). cn94-910335. Reprint of 1975 title Ghost Town Trails of the Yukon.
Schneider, Bill. Bear Aware : Hiking and Camping in Bear Country (Helena, Mont. : Falcon, 1996), 127 p., $10.95, ISBN1560444568 (PO Box 1718, Helena, MT 59624). wln96282644. Although not specifically Alaskan, this gives detailed information, tips and strategy for safe travel and camping in grizzly and black bear country
Schwatka, Frederick, 1849-1892. Schwatka's Last Search : New-York Ledger Expedition through Unknown Alaska and British America : including the Journal of Charles Willard Hayes, 1891 / with an introduction and annotation by Arland S. Harris (Fairbanks : University of Alaska Press, 1996) 278 p., paper, $20.00, ISBN 0912006870 (PO Box 756240, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK 99775-6240). LC96-038514. Schwatka's narrative of his 1891 exploration in Alaska, initially published in the New-York Ledger magazine as a series of installments in 1892, appears in book format for the first time, thanks to the research of Arland Harris.
Science and Technology in Alaska's Past: Papers Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Alaska Historical Society, Anchorage, Alaska, November 29-December 2,1990 (Anchorage: Alaska Historical Society, 1996),194 p., comb-bound, $17.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members, plus $2.00 postage, ISBN0940521 (PO Box 100299, Anchorage, AK 99510-0299).
Sherwonit, Bill. Alaska's Accessible Wilderness: Traveler's Guide to Alaska's State Parks (Anchorage : Alaska Northwest Books, 1996), 119 p., paper, $14.95, ISBN0882404717 (alk. paper). LC95-052475. From 127 parks, wilderness, and historic sites that the state of Alaska has set aside for its people, the author chooses some of the special places to describe in depth.
Smelcer, John E. In the Shadows of Mountains: Ahtna Stories from the Copper River (Glennallen, AK : Ahtna Heritage Foundation, c1997), 101 p., paper, $10.00, ISBN0965631001 (PO Box 213, Glennallen, AK 99588). wln97-172442. Myths, tales, and teachings of the Ahtna culture.
Spence, Clark C. The Northern Gold Fleet. Twentieth-Century Gold Dredging in Alaska (Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 1996), 302 p., cloth, $45.00 plus postage, ISBN0252022181 (1325 South Oak Street, Champaign, IL 61820).
Stewart, Hilary. Stone, Bone, Antler, and Shell : Artifacts of the Northwest Coast (Vancouver ; Seattle : Douglas & McIntyre ; University of Washington Press, 1996), cloth, $29.95, ISBN 0295975369. LC96012279. Second, revised edition (original U.S. title: Indian Artifacts of the Northwest Coast) of this basic work that explains and illustrates the tools, weapons, hunting and fishing gear, household and ceremonial items and ornaments that reveal much about a people's way of life. Includes Tlingit, Tsimshian, and Haida.
Streveler, G. P. The Natural History of Gustavus / illustrated by Carole Baker and Heidi Robichaud. (Gustavus, Alaska : G. Streveler, 1996), 53 p., paper, $12.50, (P.O. Box 94, Gustavus, AK 99826). wn96280786. A thirty-year resident describes the Gustavus, on the doorstep of Glacier Bay, that he knows and loves.
Sydeman, Michelle, and Annabel Lund. Alaska Wildlife Viewing Guide (Helena, Mont. : Falcon, 1996), 93 p., paper, $8.95, ISBN156044066X (PO Box 1718, Helena, MT 59624). LC96001233. Well-illustrated key to five regions of Alaska for "watchable wildlife " with descriptions, viewing information, directions, contacts and closest towns.
Theodoratus, Dorothea J. Sitka Tribe of Alaska Historic Preservation Plan (Washington, DC : US Dept. of the Interior, National Park Service, 1995), 124 p., paper, (free from Alaska Regional Office, National Park Service, 2525 Gambell Street, Room 107, Anchorage, AK 99503-2892). LC96-203471. Contains much on Tlingit history of this southeast Alaska town.
Three Northern Wartime Projects / edited by Bob Hesketh (Edmonton : Canadian Circumpolar Institute : Edmonton and District Historical Society, c1996), 249 p., $24.95, ISBN 1896445004 (CCI, University of Alberta, Third Floor, 8820-112th St., Edmonton, AL, CANADA T6G 2E2). cn96-910185. Papers from the Alaska Highway 50th Anniversary Commemorative Symposium, held in June 1992 in Edmonton; WWII: Canol Project, Alaska Highway, NW Staging Route.
Tower, Elizabeth A. Icebound Empire: Industry and Politics on the Last Frontier, 1898-1938 (Anchorage: The Author, 1996), 302 p., paper, $19.95 plus $4.00 postage, ISBN1888125055 (order from Cook Inlet Book Company, 415 West Fifth Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501). wln96-268614. Story of three men whose Alaska Syndicate developed the Copper River and Northwestern Railway and the Kennecott Copper Company.
True, J. D. It Happened on the White Pass: The Life and Times of a Narrow-Gage Railway Engineer (Whitehorse: Northbush Publications), 107 p., paper, CN$9.95 plus CN$6.00, ISBN 1896079024 (order from Mac's Fireweed Books, 203 Main Street, Whitehorse, YT, Canada YlA 2B2). wln97-53880. Memories of forty years on the White Pass and Yukon Route.
Turley, Barbara. Journal of an Arctic Odyssey, 1996 / Auke Bay, AK : AK Productions, c1996, 27p, $6.00 (Box 21-1134, Auke Bay 99821-1134). wln97-047278. The Turleys tell how they planned for and then hiked from the Arctic Ocean to the Brooks range through the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Turner, Edith L. B. The Hands Feel It : Healing and Spirit Presence among a Northern Alaskan People (DeKalb, Ill. : Northern Illinois University Press, 1996), 260 p., $38.00, ISBN0875802125 (cloth); ISBN0875805736 (pbk.) (320 A Williston Hall, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115). LC95-026638. The author's experiences with Inupiat spirituality and healing during a year of life in a village on Alaska's north slope.
Tyone, Mary. Ttheek'adn Ut'iin Yaaniida' Qonign' = Old-time stories of the Scottie Creek people : stories told in Upper Tanana Athabaskan /transcribed and edited by James Kari. (Fairbanks : Alaska Native Language Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1996), 87 p., paper, ISBN1555000592 ASD (PO Box757680, Fairbanks, AK 99775-7680). wln96-269397. Oral history and folklore of the Scottie Creek Athapaskans in the original language with English translation.
Ublasaun = First Light : Inupiaq hunters and herders in the Early Twentieth Century, Northern Seward Peninsula, Alaska / prepared by the Alaska System Support Office, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Alaska Field Area, Shared Beringian Heritage Program / Anchorage : National Park Service, Alaska System Support Office, Shared Beringian Heritage Program, 1996 / 143 p. paper, ISBN094155502X. wln97181510. Archaeological site between Shishmaref and Cape Espenberg is focal point of a long-term, integrated study of the human ecology, ethnohistory, ethnoarchaeology, and historic architecture of early twentieth century Inupiaq reindeer herders.
United States. National Archives and Record Administration. Alaska Region. Guide to the Holdings of the National Archives : Alaska Region (Anchorage, AK : National Archives - Alaska Region, 1996), 124 p., paper, ASD (654 West 3rd Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501). wln96-268445. Draft guide to records that have been formally accessioned into the legal custody of the Archives and are, with a few exceptions, open to all researchers. Each entry describes the agency that produced the records and the Alaska activities that created the records, the scope of the records, the finding aids available, and related records and microfilm. Includes an index to Alaskan villages that have substantial information found in the record groups. A final publication is due out in early 1998.
Wardwell, Allen. Tangible Visions: Northwest Coast Indian Shamanism and Its Art (New York: Monacelli/Corvus Press, 1996), 336 p., cloth, $85.00 plus postage, ISBN 1-885254-16-4, (10 East 92nd Street, New York, NY 10128). LC95-024157. Shamanic art of the Haida, Tlingit and Tsimshian peoples; over 500 photographs.
Wendt, Ron. Gold, Ghost Towns & Grizzlies : Treasure Hunting in Alaska (Wasilla, AK : Goldstream Publications, 1996), 72 p., paper, $9.95, ISBN1886574014 (PO Box 870624, Wasilla, AK 99687). wln96-042762. Stories of gold prospecting and tales, some of which may be true of treasures lost and/or waiting to be discovered.
Wendt, Ron. Where to Prospect for Gold in Alaska without Getting Shot! (Wasilla, AK : Goldstream Publications, 1996), 64 p., paper, $9.95. ISBN188657412X (PO Box 870624, Wasilla, AK 99687). wln97-075653. "Comprehensive guide on where recreational gold prospectors can look for gold around Alaska with no hassle. "
Wilson, Ian, and Sally Wilson. Gold Rush : North to Alaska and the Klondike (West Vancouver, B.C. ; Seattle : Gordon Soules Book Publishers, 1996), 246 p., paper, $16.95, ISBN 0919574602 (#620 - 1916 Pike Place, Seattle, WA 98101). LC9619680. For one year, the authors relived the adventure of the great gold stampede.
Wilson, Sally. Klondikers : Gold Rush Portfolio /illustrations by Sally Wilson ; text by Ian Wilson. (West Vancouver, BC ; Seattle : Gordon Soules Book Publishers, 1996?), 31 p., $6.95, ISBN0920641407 (#620 - 1916 Pike Place, Seattle, WA 98101). wln97213784.
Wing, Robert C. Joseph Baker: Lieutenant on the Vancouver Expedition, British Naval Officer for whom Mt. Baker was Named (Seattle: Gray Beard, 1992), 120 p., cloth, ISBN 0933686021, $39.95 plus postage (available from the author at 2217 142nd Ave., KPS, Lakebay, WA 98349). LC92-07372.
Woodman, David C. Strangers Among Us. (Montreal; Buffalo : McGill-Queen's University Press, 1995). cloth, 166 p., ISBN 0773513485, $29.95. wln96-57549, cn95-900539. Although discredited at the time, author Woodman re-evaluates the importance of Inuit oral traditions and the interviews of American Explorer Charles Francis Hall in 1865-69 in his search to reconstruct the events surrounding Sir John Franklin's tragic 1845 expedition and argues that the stories may indeed refer to survivors of the expedition on the Melville Peninsula. Author of Unraveling the Franklin Mystery : Inuit Testimony.
Woodman, Lyman L. Duty Station Northwest : U.S. Army in Alaska and Western Canada, 1867-1987 (Anchorage, AK : Alaska Historical Society, 1996), 376p., cloth, $75.00, ISBN0940521040 (P. O. Box 100299, Anchorage, AK 99510-0299). LC96-083273. Volume one covers the period 1867-1917. Very thorough; a definitive work of military and Alaskan history.
Yardley, Joyce. Yukon Riverboat Days (Blaine, WA: Hancock House Publishers, 1996), 192 p., paper, $12.95 plus postage, ISBN0888393865 (PO Box 959, Blaine, WA 98231-0959). LC97-113868. Memories of paddlewheel steamboats on the Yukon River.
(Pride of Forty Mile : an Alaskan Childhood - removed by author request 7/13/99)