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Some Books About Alaska 1997

Adult Fiction
Adult Non-fiction
Addresses for Selected Alaskana Bookstores


The Alaska State Library has published this list annually since 1994 because we feel that such an annotated list is of value to libraries in Alaska. We have attempted to make this list as complete as possible for titles that appeared in 1997 as well as some titles missed in previous years. Some Books About Alaska notes books that are not necessarily held by the Alaska State Library. Please consult your local library or the WLN database for libraries holding these titles. NOT included are general travel guides to Alaska and books, such as the Milepost, which are published annually.

Every attempt has been made to have each title reviewed by a librarian. Several Alaskan 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 journal published by the Alaska Historical Society, Alaska History. Thanks to that publication for agreeing to let us reprint some of the entries. I also thank Hearthside Books of Juneau for allowing me to review books from their shelves and Cook Inlet Book Company of Anchorage for doing the same for Bruce. Gladi Kulp of the Alaska Historical Collections also contributed to this issue.

Annotations to the list:

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. They 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, and libraries are encouraged to review titles before making the decision to purchase. Please check 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, at times with a discount to libraries. The last page of this publication notes some bookstores in the state that may have some of the more obscure current Alaskan titles. 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 the following address: 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--September 1998


Compiled by Kay Myers, Anchorage Municipal Libraries

Agnew, Thea. Little Bear 's Alaska Reader / illustrated by James Nelson (Anchorage?: Myriad Communications, 1997), 31 pp., paper, price unknown, available from Friends of the Alaska Children 's Trust, PO Box 92155, Anchorage, AK 99509-2155. wln98152285. "An ABC book with Alaska photographs donated by the Alaska Society of Media Photographers, Inc/Alaska Chapter."

Bierhorst, John, editor. The Dancing Fox: Arctic Folktales / illustrated by Mary K. Okheena (New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1997), 142 pp., $15.00, ISBN 0688144063. LC 96-17146. Eighteen Arctic Inuit tales from Alaska, Canada and Greenland represent tales of tricksters, superheroes, strong women and friendly giants. Sources for each tale are provided and the introduction describes the Inuit culture, with emphasis on the oral tradition of storytelling.

Blake, Robert J. Akiak: A Tale from the Iditarod / illustrated by the author (New York: Putnam Publishing Group, 1997), unpaged, $15.95, ISBN 0399227989. LC 97-2251. When lead dog Akiak is left at the Ophir checkpoint to heal an injured paw, the dog refuses to leave the race and runs towards Nome to help her team win the race.

Burnham, Saranne D. Three River Junction: A Story of an Alaskan Bald Eagle Preserve / illustrated by Tom Antonishak (Norwalk, CT: Soundprints, 1997), 27 pp., cloth, $14.95, ISBN 1568994419, or paper, $5.95, ISBN 1568994427, or book/audio, $19.95, ISBN 1568994435. LC 96-39090. Explore an Alaskan forest through the eyes of a bald eagle in this picture book story.

Carlstrom, Nancy White. Raven and River / illustrated by Jon Van Zyle (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1997), unpaged, ISBN 0316128945. $15.95. LC 95-14773. Raven and other Arctic animals try to awaken the frozen river to the coming Alaskan breakup.

Challenger, Robert James. Orca 's Family and More Northwest Coast Stories / illustrated by the author (Surrey, BC, Canada: Heritage House Publishing Company LTD., 1997), 48 pp., $9.95, ISBN 1895811392. LC97-910625-7. Nineteen fables use familiar northwest animals to show how to be a true friend, how to achieve dreams through hard work, etc.

Dabcovich, Lydia. The Polar Bear Son: An Inuit Tale / illustrated by the author (New York: Clarion Books, 1997), 37 pp., $14.95, ISBN 0395727669. LC 96-4780. An Inuit woman raises an orphan polar bear cub. After the cub grows up, it continues to provide for her even after she sends it away to save it from jealous hunters.

Devine, Monica. The Iditarod: The Greatest Win Ever (Logan, Iowa: Perfection Learning, 1997), 56 pp., price unknown, cloth, ISBN 07-807-6108-1, or paper, ISBN 0-7891-1955-2. Available from: Perfection Learning Corporation, 1000 North Second Avenue, Logan, Iowa 51546-1099. A "Cover-to-Cover" series informational book provides photographs and facts about the Iditarod dog sled race plus a story of young Kara, an Iditarod rookie, who saves a life along the arduous journey.

Devine, Monica. Mountain Climbing: Scaling the Heights (Logan, Iowa: Perfection Learning, 1997), 64 pp., price unknown, ISBN 07-807-6142-1 or paper, ISBN 0789119579. Available from: Perfection Learning Corporation, 1000 North Second Avenue, Logan, Iowa 51546-1099. Another "Cover-to-Cover" series title, a glossary of mountaineering terms, appendices with climbing information and facts about Mt. McKinley accompanies the fictional story of a teenage boy 's climb to McKinley 's summit.

DeVries, Douglas. Gold Rush Runaway: A Historical Novel of Alaska Exploration and Adventure (Anchorage, AK: Jade Ram Publishing, 1997), 192 pp., cloth, $17.00, ISBN 1877721042, or paper, $10.00, ISBN 1877721034. LC 97-69457. Sven Olafsen, age 14, runs away to find his father who left his family in 1896 to search for gold in Alaska.

Doherty, Craig A. and Katherine M. The Alaska Pipeline (Woodbridge, CT: Blackbirch Press, 1997), 48 pp., $15.95, ISBN 1567111157. LC 96-43442. The history of the construction of the Alaska Pipeline includes the challenges faced during all planning and construction phases as well as information on how the oil flows through the Pipeline in this volume of the "Building America" series.

DuTemple, Lesley A. Polar Bears / photographed by William Munoz (Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Company, 1997), 48 pp., $19.95, ISBN 0822530252. LC 97-4131. The physical characteristics, habitat behavior, and life cycle of the polar bear are featured in this Early Bird Nature Book.

Dwyer, Mindy. Aurora : A Tale of the Northern Lights / illustrated by the author (Anchorage, AK: Alaska Northwest Books, 1997), unpaged, $15.95, ISBN 0882404946. LC 97-11295. In Dwyer 's original story about the creation of the Aurora Borealis, a young girl named Aurora follows the caribou and begins a journey of discovery on the Arctic tundra.

Forman, Michael H. Arctic Tundra (New York: Children 's Press, 1997), 31 pp., cloth, $23.00, ISBN 0516207105. LC 96-52919. The Arctic wildlife and habitat are introduced as the book progresses through the seasons.

George, Jean Craighead. Arctic Son / illustrated by Wendell Minor (New York: Hyperion Books, 1997), unpaged, cloth, $14.95, ISBN 0786803150 or library binding, $15.49, ISBN 0786822554. LC 96-42272. When Luke was born, his parents ' friend Aalak gave him the Inupiat name of Kupaaq. Under Aalak 's guidance, Kupaaq learns to live in the Arctic world 's long summer days and long winter nights.

George, Jean Craighead. Julie 's Wolf Pack / illustrated by Wendell Minor (New York : HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., 1997), 192 pp., cloth, ISBN 006027069, or library binding, $15.89, ISBN 0060274077. LC 96-54858. Kapu protects his pack from famine and disease as he becomes the new leader.

George, Jean Craighead. Look to the North: A Wolf Pup Diary / illustrated by Lucia Washburn (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., 1997), unpaged, cloth, $14.95, ISBN 0060236418, or library binding, $14.89, ISBN 006023640X. LC 95-39162. Using brief diary entries, three wolf pups are introduced when they are one day old. The following pages highlight their activities through 10 ½ months.

Gill, Shelley. Count Alaska 's Colors / illustrated by Shannon Cartwright (Homer, AK: Paws IV Publishing, 1997), 32 pages, cloth, $15.95, ISBN 0934007349, or paper, $8.95,. ISBN 0934007357). LC 97-66963. Learn to count the Alaska way! Count from one to twelve and back again to one.

Gill, Shelley. The Last American Rainforest: Tongass / illustrated by Shannon Cartwright (Homer, AK: Paws IV Publishing, 1997), 32 pp., cloth, $16.95, ISBN 0934007322, or paper, $8.95, ISBN 0934007330. LC 97-069563. Lily, a Tlingit Indian girl, discovers her own family history as she and her aunt visit the Tongass National Forest.

Goldin, Barbara Diamond. The Girl who Lived with the Bears / illustrated by Andrew Plewes (San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1997), [40 pp.], cloth, $15.00, ISBN 0152006842. LC 95-7538. A young chief 's daughter is captured by the Bear People after she insults them in this Pacific Northwest tale.

Grindley, Sally. Polar Star / illustrated by John Butler (Atlanta: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd., 1997), unpaged, $15.95, ISBN 1561451819. LC 97-52593. A polar bear, Polar Star, protects her new cubs Snowball and Snowflake from a hungry male bear.

Gwin, Sally. Mosquito Girl (Unionville, NY: Royal Fireworks Press, 1997), 108 pp., paper, $6.99, ISBN 0880922672. wln98-107278. Kate Jorgensen, age 15, longs to be a newspaper reporter on the Valley Pioneer in the newly settled Matanuska Colony.

Hoyt-Goldsmith, Diane. Potlatch: A Tsimshian Celebration / photographed by Lawrence Migdale (New York: Holiday House, 1997), 32 pp., $16.95, ISBN 0823412903. LC 96-41367. The traditions of the Tsimshian Indians living in Metlakatla, Alaska, are described, with emphasis on a potlatch held to celebrate their heritage.

Lewis, Paul Owen. Frog Girl / illustrated by the author. (Hillsboro, OR: Beyond Words Publishing, Inc., 1997), unpaged, $14.95, ISBN 1885223579. LC 97-72345. When frogs vanish from a lake on the Northwest Coast, an Indian girl is summoned to the world beneath the lake and queried about the fate of the frogs.

McDonald, Megan. Tundra Mouse: A Storyknife Tale / illustrated by S. D. Schindler (New York: Orchard Books, 1997), unpaged, cloth, $15.95, ISBN 0531300471, or library binding, $16.99, ISBN 0531330478. LC 96-53221. Two Yup 'ik Eskimo sisters share a story about Tundra Mouse 's Christmas misadventures in text and illustrations of traditional storyknife drawings.

Martin, Nora. The Eagle 's Shadow (New York: Scholastic Press, 1997), 176 pp., cloth, $15.95, ISBN 0590360876. LC 96-29902. In 1946, 12 year old Clearie reluctantly spends a year with her mother 's relatives in a Tlingit village.

Martin, Rafe. The Eagle 's Gift / illustrated by Tatsuro Kiuchi (New York: Putnam Publishing Group, 1997, unpaged, ISBN 039922923X. $15.95. LC 96-3538. In a story adapted from an Inuit folktale, an eagle teaches young Martin how to share the gift of joy—how to dance and sing and tell stories.

Miller, Debbie S. Disappearing Lake: Nature 's Magic in Denali National Park / illustrated by Jon Van Zyle (New York: Walker & Company, 1997), 32 pp., cloth, $15.95, ISBN 0802784747, or library binding, $16.85, ISBN0802784755. LC 96-35107. The author observes the yearly appearance and disappearance of a vernal lake in Denali National Park and the various animals that live around and in it.

Miller, Debbie S. A Polar Bear Journey / illustrated by Jon Van Zyle (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1997), unpaged, $15.95, ISBN 0316572446. LC 96-42284. Miller details a year in the life of a polar bear. The bear tunnels out a den, gives birth to two cubs, protects them and teaches them hunting skills and other survival techniques as they journey nearly 1500 miles across the Arctic region.

Murphy, Claire Rudolf, and Jane G. Haigh. Gold Rush Women (Anchorage, AK: Alaska Northwest Books, 1997), 126 pp., paper, $16.95, ISBN 0882404849. LC 97-946. Sinrock Mary, Klondike Kate, Harriet Pullen and Josephine Earp are among the 23 women featured in this history of the Yukon and Alaskan gold rushes. A battle of the books selection.

Norman, Howard, reteller. The Girl Who Dreamed Only Geese, and Other Tales of the Far North / illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon (San Diego: Harcourt Brace & Company/Gulliver Books, 1997), 147 pp., cloth, $22.00, ISBN 0152309799. LC 96-20880. Ten Inuit tales from Siberia, Alaska, Greenland and the Canadian Arctic were chosen to "entertain, educate, and place us inside the dramas of life in the harsh and beautiful Far North.

Page, Debra. Orcas Around Me: My Alaskan Summer / illustrated by Leslie W. Bowman(Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman & Company, 1997), unpaged, $15.95, ISBN 0807561371. LC 95-52647. A boy, Taiga, describes his summers spent fishing for salmon with his family in southeast Alaska.

Rand, Gloria. Baby in A Basket / illustrated by Ted Rand (New York: Cobblehill Books/Dutton, 1997), unpaged, $14.99, ISBN 0525652337. LC 96-33805. Marie Bayer and her two daughters left Fairbanks midwinter 1917 by sleigh to board a ship bound for Seattle. The horses bolted as they neared the Delta River and the passengers and their belongings were scattered as the sleigh broke through the ice. Baby Ann in her small basket piled high with furs vanished. Will she be found? Based on a true story.

Rau, Dana Meachen. Arctic Adventure: Inuit Life in the 1800s / illustrated by Peg Magovern (Norwalk, CT: Soundprints, 1997), 32 pp., cloth, $14.95, ISBN 1568994168, or paper, $5.95, ISBN 1568994176, or book/audio, $19.95, ISBN 1568994230. LC 97-10792. Tomas visits the "Native Cultures of the Americas" exhibit at the Smithsonian and travels back in time to the Canadian Arctic of the 1800s.

Ryder, Joanne. Winter White / illustrated by Carol Lacey (New York: Morrow Junior Books, 1997), unpaged, cloth, $16.00, ISBN 0688129927, or library binding, $15.93., ISBN 0688129935. LC 95-35387. Tricksters Fox and Lemming trick Winter into trading snow for sun.

Shahan, Sherry. Dashing Through the Snow: the Story of the Jr. Iditarod / photographed by the author (Brookfield, CT: The Millbrook Press, 1997), 48 pp., library binding, $22.40, ISBN 0761302085, or paper, $9.95, ISBN 0761301437. LC 96-27075. A brief history of dog sled racing in Alaska leads into information about a recent Jr. Iditarod Sled Dog Race.

Vanasse, Deb. A Distant Enemy (New York: Lodestar Books, 1997), 181 pp., $16.99, ISBN 0525675493. LC 96-23428. Yup 'ik Eskimo/Caucasian teen Joseph is angry—angry at his long-absent father, at such agencies as Alaska Fish & Game which restrict Joseph 's ability to adhere to the "old ways" . Joseph 's attitude creates problems for himself, his friends, and his family. A close brush with death helps him conquer his rage.

The following titles produced by the Curriculum/Bilingual Department of the Lower Kuskokwim School District & Nortext (Iqaluit) Nunavut Northwest Territories were found at Cook Inlet Book Company, 415 West Fifth Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501 (These three titles have Yu 'pik and English text.):

Jenkins, Betsy and Julia K. Egoak. Naaqutet Ataucimek Yaavet Qulnun / illustrated by Tauni Rodgers. 1997, unpaged, ISBN 1550365606. (Counting From One To Ten)

Tirchick, Walter and Mary E. Tunuchuk. Talliman Taqukat / illustrated by Cara Brunk. 1997, unpaged, ISBN 1550365568. $12.95. (Five Seals)

Tunuchuk, Mary E. Taqukat / illustrated by Hector Lopez.1997, 10 pp., ISBN 1550365630. $14.95. (Seals)

Adult Fiction

Compiled by Kay Shelton, Alaska State Library

Cushman, Dan. In Alaska with Shipwreck Kelly (Thorndike. ME : Thorndike Press, 1997), 323 pp. (large print), $16.95, ISBN0786205342 (Five Star Western Series). LC95-035741. U.S. Deputy Marshal Patrick Kelly leaves his federal post, planning to open a casino in Dawson City during the great Gold Rush to the Yukon, but finds that he has a business rival.

Goodman, Lilly, Max Cott, and Mark A Uail. Candle Sparks : Adventures and Trials in an Eccentric Alaska Bush Town (Anchorage, Alaska : Publication Consultants, c1997.), 192 pp., paper, $12.95, ISBN 1888125136. LC 97-065868. Dog musher Heidi Ravison finds adventure, controversy, and love in a remote Alaska town.

Guy, Glen. Adventures of Dusty Sourdough: in the Adventure Gold (Wasilla, AK : Old Alaska Today, c1997). 128 pp., paper, $8.95, ISBN 1888125225. wln98-266219. Third in the "Alaska Wilderness Adventures" series that includes Gift for Dusty and Trail to Wrangell.

Haines, John. At the End of This Summer : Poems, 1948-1954 (Port Townsend, WA : Copper Canyon Press, 1997), 80 pp., $14.00, ISBN1556590792, PO Box 271, Port Townsend, WA 98368. LC97-021180. Early poems from Alaska 's former poet laureate, previously unpublished.

Harrison, Sue. Song of the River (New York : Avon Books,1997), 484 pp., $24.00, ISBN 0380973707. LC 97-018455. The first of "the storyteller trilogy" features characters living in prehistoric times on the Aleutian Islands.

Henry, Sue. Death Takes Passage : an Alex Jensen mystery (New York : Avon Books, c1997.), 292 pp., paper, $5.99, ISBN 038788632 or cloth, $22.00, ISBN 038097469X. During the recreation of the Gold Rush ship 's voyage through Alaska 's inside passage, a crew member disappears and Trooper Alex Jensen investigates.

Hron, Tom. Whispers in the Wind (New York : Signet, 1997), 348 pp., paper, $5.99, ISBN 0451187954. wln97-252365. The third in a series of fast-paced adventures set in the Great Alaska Wilderness during the period of the Klondike gold rush.

Kohler, Vincent. Raven's Widows (New York : St. Martin's Press, 1997), 255 pp., paper, $22.95, ISBN 0312147147. LC96-025576. On a fishing vacation in Alaska, Eldon Larkin stumbles upon the body of an unpleasant local Indian artist crushed beneath one of his own totems, and to impress an attractive local newspaper editor, Eldon goes after the story.

Ledbetter, Suzann. Klondike Fever (New York, N.Y. : Penguin, c1997), 350 pp., paper, $5.99, ISBN 0451192877. wln98-000941. In this historical novel set in Alaska-Yukon Gold Rush; Megan O'Malley takes her son away from troubles in Seattle only to face more complexities in the North and perhaps find a better life.

Lopez, Barry Holstun. Lessons from the Wolverine, with illustrations by Tom Pohrt (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1997), 30 pp., cloth, $15.95, ISBN0820319279. LC96054705. A young man journeys through the arctic wilderness to find wolverines and learn more about their mysterious power. (Taken from Lopez 's book entitled Field notes: the grace note of a canyon wren.)

Parry, Richard. The Wolf 's Cub (New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 1997), 380 pp., cloth, $23.95, ISBN 0312860188, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010. LC97-13268. A sequel to The Winter Wolf presents another episode in the life of his fictional character Nathan Blaylock, the illegitimate son of Wyatt Earp.

Quinn, Elizabeth. Killer Whale (New York: Pocket Books, c1997), 241pp., paper, $5.99, ISBN 0671527703. wln97-249526. Anchorage-based investigator for the Wild America Society Lauren Maxwell arrives on Prince of Wales Island to prevent the capture of orcas, but must turn her attention to solving a friend 's murder instead.

Robinson, Richard W. Light All Night (Edmonton, AB : Commonwealth Publications, 1996), 145 pp. paper, $4.99, ISBN 1551970155. wln97-233554. Mystery and oil tankers in Prince William Sound.

Stabenow, Dana. Breakup (New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c1997), 242 pp., paper, $5.99, ISBN 0425162613. LC 96-038195. A Kate Shugak mystery in which Kate finds herself involved in a murder investigation after a body is found near her homestead and just about everything else goes wrong during this spring breakup.

Straley, John. Death and the Language of Happiness (New York :Bantam Books, 1997) 210 pp.; cloth, $21.95, ISBN 0553096796, or paper, $5.99, ISBN: 0553572504. LC 96-032610. Private investigator Cecil Younger, in need of a money to pay the rent, takes a retainer from crazy old William Flynn to find and kill a man, but he finds that the case is not that simple as he travels to Dutch Harbor and down to Washington in his attempt to find the truth.

Adult Non-fiction

Compiled by Bruce Merrell, Anchorage Municipal Libraries, and Kay Shelton, Alaska State Library

Alaska Commission on Aging. State Plan on Aging : Planning for the New Millennium, 1997-2001 (Juneau, AK :Commission on Aging, Division of Senior Services, 1997), 100 pp., PO Box 110209, Juneau, AK 99811-0209. wln97185910. Comprehensive history of Alaska 's services to seniors and a map of today 's network of senior programs. ASD

Alaska Land Managers Forum. Commercial Visitor Services in Alaska : a guide to obtaining visitor service permits & licenses on the public and Native-owned lands of Alaska ( [Seattle? : U.S. G.P.O., Region 10, 1997] ), 97 pp., paper. wln97348545. A handbook to help commercial operators understand how to obtain land use permits for enterprises on federal, state, and private Native corporation lands.

Alaska's Southern Panhandle . Volume 24, Number 1of Alaska Geographic (Anchorage : Alaska Geographic Society, c1997), 96p., $19.95 plus $4.00 postage, ISBN 1566610354, P.O. Box 93370PR, Anchorage, AK 99509-3370. Wln97212115. Geography and cultural history of this region, including Ketchikan, Prince of Wales Island, Metlakatla, and Hyder

Anders, Joyce J., as told to Rosalie E. L 'Ecuyer. Anders of Two Rivers : A California Family Homesteads in Alaska (Fairbanks, AK : Jenny M. Publishers, 1997), 121 pp., paper, $9.95 plus $4.00 postage and handling, ISBN0965584402, PO Box 10901, Fairbanks, AK 99710. wln97-248007. Story of Anders family who, beginning in 1959, homesteaded in Two Rivers, a small community outside of Fairbanks.

Anderson, Cary. Alaska's Magnificent Eagles, Volume 24, Number 4 of Alaska Geographic (Anchorage : Alaska Geographic Society, c1997), 96 pp., $19.95 plus $4.00 postage, ISBN 1566610397, P.O. Box 93370PR, Anchorage, AK 99509-3370. wln98035210. Documents Alaska eagles ' ecology, history, and symbolism using many color illustrations.

Anderson, Douglas. Gold in Trib 1 Flying, Hiking and Gold Prospecting Adventure in Wild, Present - Day Alaska (Anchorage, AK : Publication Consultants, 1997), 195 pp., $12.95, ISBN188812511X, PO Box 221974. Anchorage, AK 99522-1974. wln97-12031. Two modern adventurers prospect for gold in the Ladue River region of interior Alaska.

Andresen, Decema Kimball. Memories of Latouche (Anchorage: Publication Consultants, 1997), 38 pp., paper, $8.95 plus $4.00 postage, ISBN 1-888125-17-9, order from Cook Inlet Book Company, 415 West Fifth Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501. wln98-011484. The author grew up at the Prince William Sound copper mine on Latouche Island.

Barney, Amy Lou. Amy Lou 's Alaska : An Intimate Portrait by Photographer and Pilot Amy Lou Barney/ photographs by Amy Lou Barney; text by Renee Guerin (Juneau AK: A .L. Barney, 1997), 73 pp., paper, $ , PO Box 20886, Juneau, AK 99802. Wln97075790. Selection of over a hundred black and white images the reflect the rich diversity of Alaskan life from Ketchikan to Goodnews Bay, 1937-1951.

Barry, Mary J. A History of Mining on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska, revised edition, (Anchorage: M.J.P. Barry, 1997), 296 pp., paper, ISBN 0-9617009-5-5, $30.00 plus postage, 323 West Harvard Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501. LC 96-095346. Expanded edition of the author 's 1973 classic.

Barsukov, Ivan. Innokentii mitropolit Moskovskii i Kolemenskii : bpo ego sochineniiam, psimam i razskazam sovremennikov (Italy: FimaAlesia Press, 1997), 769+ pp., price unknown, ISBN5871630111. wln97-321736. In Russian; originally published in 1883. Life of Veniaminov who became St. Innocent, reprinted to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the saint 's birth. Facsimile edition commissioned by the Orthodox Brotherhood of St. Innocent, Moscow, and financed by the Yakutia House and government of the Yakutia Republic.

Beairsto, Shelagh, project coordinator, Rampart House, Stories Told by Our Elders: Stories Collected, Edited and Published by the Students at Te 'sek Geht 'roonatun Zzeh College (Old Crow: Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation Lands & Resources Department, 1993), 70 pp., paper, P.O. Box 102, Old Crow, YT Y0B 1N0. Students of Old Crow College interview elders and visit the site of this abandoned border community on the Porcupine River.

Bender, Norman J. Winning the West for Christ: Sheldon Jackson and Presbyterianism on the Rocky Mountain Frontier, 1869-1880 (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1996), 265 pp., cloth, ISBN 0-8263-1670-0, $40.00 plus postage, 1720 Lomas Avenue, NE, Albuquerque, NM 87131-1591. LC96-004421. The early career of Alaska 's most famous Protestant missionary, up to the time when he started his Alaska mission work.

Bergsland, Knut. Aleut Grammar = Unangam Tunuganaan Achixaasixˆx : a descriptive reference grammar of the Aleutian, Pribilof, and Commander Islands Aleut Language (Fairbanks: Alaska Native Language Center), 360 pp., paper, University of Alaska Fairbanks, PO Box 757680, Fairbanks, AK 99775-7680. LC97-38814. Series: Alaska Native Language Center Research Papers, no. 10.

Black, Lydia, ed. A Good and Faithful Servant : the Year of Saint Innocent : an exhibit commemorating the bicentennial of the birth of Ioann Veniaminov, 1797-1997, edited by Lydia Black, assisted by Katherine L. Arndt (Fairbanks: University of Alaska Fairbanks & Alaska State Veniaminov Bicentennial Committee, 1997), 87 pp., paper, $10.00 plus $4.00 postage. wln98-053250. Catalog for an exhibit commemorating the bicentennial of the birth of Ioann Veniaminov, early Russian missionary, translator, architect and finally, head of the Orthodox Church of Russia.

Bleakley, Geoffrey T. A History of the Chisana Mining District, Alaska, 1890-1990 (Anchorage: National Park Service, 1996), 148 pp., paper, order from Wrangell-St. Elias National Park/ Preserve, PO Box 439, Mile 105.5 Old Richardson Highway, Copper Center, AK 99573. Includes a list of names for the district from the 1920 census.

Bolkhovitinov, Nikolai N. Russian-American Relations and the Sale of Alaska, 1834-1867, translated and edited by Richard A. Pierce, (Fairbanks: Limestone Press, 1996), 394 pp., cloth, $35.00 plus $3.50 postage, ISBN 1895901065, P.O. Box 756240, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK 99775-6240. Cn97016077. First published as Russko-Amerikanskie otnosheniiai prodazha Aliaki, 1834-1867 in 1990, study details the antecedents and the execution of the sale of Russian America to the United States. Extensive bibliography and documentation; no. 45 in Alaska History series.

Boucher, Caroline. Empreinte : presence francophone au Yukon (1825-1950); t.1: Liste alphabetique; t.2 Recueil historique (Whitehorse, YT : Association Franco-Yukonnaise, 1997), 2 vol., paperbound, $17.50US, ISBN2922348008 (v.1), ISBN2922348016 (v.2), C.P. 5205, Whitehorse, YT Y1A4Z1. Wln98089285. Name list and biographies of French-speaking settlers in the Yukon, with the source of the information noted after each entry.

Braarud Fine Art. Sydney Laurence (1865-1940) - Anecdotes, Myths, Opinions: A Collection of Laurence Paintings for Sale (LaConner, WA: Braarud Fine Art, 1996), 31 pp., paper, PO Box 717, LaConner, WA 98257. wln98-644872. Essay and 20 color reproductions of paintings by this Alaskan.

Bryce, Robert M. Cook & Peary : The Polar Controversy, Resolved (Mechanicsburg, PA : Stackpole Books, 1997), 1133 pp., cloth, $50.00, ISBN 0811703177, 5067 Ritter Road, Machanicsburg, PA 17055. LC96-38215. Complete account of these two explorations, presenting all of the relevant evidence in order to yield a definitive resolution to the Polar Controversy: which one reached the North Pole first?

Buckendorf, Randi S. Investigation and Analysis of the Arctic Aeromedical Laboratory 's Thyroid Function Experiment on Humans and the U.S. Governments Response (Anchorage: Birch, Horton, Bittner and Cherot, 1997), 138 pp., paper, 1127 West Seventh Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501-3399. wln98-019146. Funded by the North Slope Borough, this study examines the treatment of Alaska Native research subjects during and after radioactive iodine experiments in the 1950s.

Burch, Ernest S., Jr., The Inupiaq Eskimo Nations of Northwest Alaska (Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 1997), 425 pp., cloth, ISBN 0-912006-95-1, $49.95 or paper, ISBN 0-912006-96-X, $31.95 plus $3.50 postage, PO Box 756240, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK 99775-6240. LC98-014682. "Social geography of this far corner of the continent as it was during the early historic period."

Buzzell, Rolfe G. Flat and Iditarod 1993-1995 Oral History Interviews (Anchorage: Bureau of Land Management and Department of Natural Resources, 1997), 288 pp., comb-bound, order from Office of History and Archaeology, 3601 C Street, Suite 1278, Anchorage, AK 99503-5921. wln98-096752. Summaries of interviews with seven individuals associated with these southwest Alaskan mining communities. ASD

Buzzell, Rolfe G., and Darrell L. Lewis. Historic Building Survey Report, Flat, Alaska (Anchorage: Bureau of Land Management and Department of Natural Resources, 1997), 187 pp., comb-bound, Office of History and Archaeology, 3601 C Street, Suite 1278, Anchorage, AK 99503-5921. wln98-096353. ASD

Catton, Theodore. Inhabited Wilderness : Indian, Eskimos, and National Parks in Alaska (Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 1997), 287 pp., cloth, ISBN0826318266 or paper, ISBN0826318274. LC97004873. Evolution of public policy and intellectual underpinnings of Alaska land, noting the contradictions in the desire to preserve the natural "wilderness" which in reality is some of the oldest inhabited land in North America.

Clark, Donald W. The Early Kachemak Phase on Kodiak Island at Old Kiavak (Hull, Quebec: Canadian Museum of Civilization, 1997), 129 pp., paper, $21.95 plus postage, ISBN 0660159678. Report describes the University of Wisconsin 's 1963 excavations on Kodiak Island.

Clifford, Howard, editor, Correspondence of a Crook: An Insight into the Life of Jefferson Randolph "Soapy" Smith (Seattle: Sourdough Enterprises, 1997), 24 pp., paper, $5.75 plus postage, ISBN 091180305X, 16401 3rd Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98166. wln97-270077. Pages from the notorious Skagway outlaw 's scrapbook, originally published in the Alaska-Yukon Magazine in 1907 and 1908.

Clifford, Howard, editor, Soapy Smith, uncrowned king of Skagway (Seattle: Sourdough Enterprises, 1997), 24 pp., paper, $11.95 plus postage, ISBN 091180305X, 16401 3rd Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98166. LC97-185263. Gambler and saloon keeper who ruled Skagway during the early tumultuous years of the Kondike gold rush, was a complex and hard to understand individual.

Cochrane, Marjorie. Between Two Rivers: The Growth of Chugiak-Eagle River (Chugiak: Chugiak-Eagle River Historical Society, 1997),208 pp., paper, ISBN 0943712122, $9.95 plus $3.00 postage, PO Box 670573, Chugiak, AK 99567. wln98-456337. Reprint of 1982 local history, with added section "The Eagles Return to Yukla Valley" by Lee Jordan.

Conkle, LeNora. Hunting: The Way it Was in our Changing Alaska; an Alaskan Master Guide 's Years of Hunting on the Pact Ice for the Great White Bear—and Hunts for Grizzly and Brown Bears and all Alaska Big Game (Anchorage, AK :Publications Consultants, 1997), 216 pp., cloth, $24.95, ISBN188812508X, PO Box 221974, Anchorage, AK 99522-1974. LC96-070834. Big Game hunting in the 1950s, '60s, and ‘70s in Alaska.

Crowell, Aron. Archaeology and the Capitalist World System: a Study from Russian America, with an appendix by Donald W. Clark (New York: Plenum Press, 1997), 286 pp., hardbound, $54.95, ISBN0306456699, 233 Spring Street, New York NY 10013-1578. LC97-40644. Look at the disruption of an indigenous culture caused by the incursion of capitalism, focusing on findings from excavation of the 1780s fur trading site of Three Saints Harbor, Kodiak Island and contemporary eyewitness reports.

Dahlheim, Marilyn E., David K. Ellifrit, and Jack D. Swenson. Killer Whales of Southeast Alaska : a Catalogue of Photo-identified Individuals (Seattle, Wash, : National Marine Mammal Laboratory, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, c1997). 79 pp., 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115. wln97283694. Photographs of 250 identified individual killer whales documented in SE Alaska between 1984 an 1996. ASD

Dauenhauer, Richard. Conflicting Visions in Alaskan Education (Fairbanks, AK : University of Alaska Veniaminov Bicentennial Project, 1997), 48 p, paper, $5.00, ISBN1877962317. wln98053239. Revised and updated to be published during the bicentennial of Veniaminov 's birth, the author compares the life, work, and attitudes towards religion and culture of two prominent men in Alaska 's history: Sheldon Jackson and John Veniaminov.

DeArmond, R. N., and Patricia Roppel. Baranof Island 's Eastern Shore; "The Waterfall Coast" (Sitka, Alaska : Arrowhead Press) 66 pp., paper, $10.00 plus $4.00 postage. wln98-218608. Description of each area along this island shoreline – includes primarily historic and geographic information illustrated with b&w photographs and maps.

Denfeld, Colt. The Akutan Whaling and Naval Fueling Station: A History (Anchorage: Alaska District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1996), 22 pp., paper, PO Box 898, Anchorage, AK 99506-0898. wln97-017044. Illustrated account of an Aleutian outpost.

Dickey, Robert M. Gold Fever: A Narrative of the Great Klondike Gold Rush, 1897-1899, edited by Art Petersen, (Auke Bay, Alaska: Klondike Research, 1997), 279 pp., paper, $29.95 plus $4.00 postage, ISBN 096579380X.LC97-067328. A missionary 's adventures during the gold rush, illustrated with photographs.

Dikov, N. N. Asia at the Juncture with America in Antiquity (The Stone Age of the Chukchi Peninsula), translated by Richard L. Bland(Anchorage: National Park Service, 1997), 248 pp., paper, Beringia Program, National Park Service, 2525 Gambell Street, Room 107, Anchorage, AK 99503-2892. wln98-035041. Translation of a 1993 work on the archaeology of Chukotka.

Divin, V. A. To the American Coast: The Voyages and Explorations of M. S. Gvozdev, the Discoverer of Northwestern America, (K beregam Ameriki: plavaniia i issledovaniia M.S. Gvozdeva, pervo otkryvatelia Severo-Zapadnoi Ameriki) translated by Anatoli Perminov and edited by J. L. Smith (Anchorage: White Stone Press, 1997), 138 pp., cloth, $15.00 postpaid, ISBN 0962672718, 3600 East 67th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99507. LC97-061615. A translation of the 1956 Moscow edition, this book recounts the Russian discovery of Alaska in 1732 by Mikhail S. Gvozdev.

Donald, Leland. Aboriginal Slavery on the Northwest Coast of North America (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997), 379 pp., cloth, $40.00 plus postage, ISBN 0520206169, University of California Press c/o California/Princeton Fulfillment Services, Inc., 1445 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing, NJ 08618. LC96-046162. Ethnographic and historical analysis of slavery in traditional Northwest Coast cultures; includes comparison of the status of slaves with that of war captives.

Duncan, Kate, with Eunice Carney. A Special Gift : the Kutchin Beadwork Tradition (Fairbanks : University of Alaska Press, 1997), 104 pp., paper, $19.95, ISBN0912006889, PO Box 756240, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK 9975-6240. LC97-041710. Reissue of 1988 title that covers history of Alaska and Yukon Athapaskan beadwork, including regional differences with examples and patterns of contemporary beadwork; new foreword by Doris Ward and new introduction.

Dykstra, Monique. My Heart on the Yukon River: Portraits from Alaska and the Yukon (Pullman, WA : Washington State University Press, 1997), 126 pp., paper, $24.95, ISBN 0874221579, PO Box 645910 Pullman, WA 99164-5910. LC97-26116. Photographer Dykstra canoes down the Yukon recording tales of some who live there; 45 black and white portraits.

The Early History of the Alaska Permanent Fund : Perspectives on the Origins of Alaska's Oil Savings Account (Juneau, AK : Permanent Fund Corporation, 1997), 76 pp., P.O. Box 4-1000, Juneau 99802. wln97100468. CONTENTS: A founder's reflections on the early days of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation / by Elmer Rasmuson -- The creation of the Alaska Permanent Fund: a short history / by Joan Kasson -- The Permanent Fund Dividend Program: Alaska's noble experiment / by Clifford John Groh and Gregg Erickson -- Alaska's Permanent Fund: legislative history, intent and operations / by the Rural Research Agency, Alaska State Senate. ASD

Ecology and Management of the North American Moose, compiled and edited by Albert W. Franzmann and Charles C. Schwarts; technical editor, Richar D. McCabe; field sketch illustrations by William D. Berry. (Washington, DC : Smithsonian Institution Press, 1997), 733 pp., cloth, ISBN 1560987758. LC97-11387. Comprehensive and abundantly illustrated, this book discusses all aspects of the moose, including the Alaska subspecies.

Emanuel, Richard P. The Golden Gamble, Volume 24, Number 2 of Alaska Geographic (Anchorage: Alaska Geographic Society, 1997), 96 pp., paper, $19.95 plus $4.00 postage, ISBN 1566610362, P.O. Box 93370PR, Anchorage, AK 99509-3370. wln97-282675. Pictorial account of the gold rush era and the changes it brought to Alaska and the rest of the Pacific Northwest.

Eppenbach, Sarah. Baked Alaska : Sweet Comforts of the North Country (Anchorage, AK: Alaska Northwest Books, 1997), 96 pp., cloth,$16.95, ISBN 088240492X, order from PO Box 10306, Portland, OR 97210. LC97-010544. Seventy Alaskan recipes for baking tea breads, muffins, custards, cobblers, pies, scones, and cookies.

Feeney, Robert E. Polar Journeys: The Role of Food and Nutrition in Early Exploration (Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 1997),304 pp., cloth, ISBN 0841233497, $41.95 or paper, ISBN 0-912006-97-8, $27.95 plus $3.50 postage, PO Box 756240, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK 9975-6240. LC97-049810. Biochemist presents case that explorers lived and died by the quantity of their food and the quality of their nutrition.

Ferrell, Ed. Biographies of Alaska-Yukon Pioneers, 1850-1950, Volume 3 (Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1997), 353 pp., paper, $28.50 plus $3.00 postage, ISBN 0788407-015, 1540-E Pointer Place Ridge, Suite 301, Bowie, MD 20716. LC95-105172. A third volume containing four hundred biographies with source notes, written by a longtime resident of Juneau.

Field Identification of Coastal Juvenile Salmonids (Madiera Park, BC : Harbour Publishing, 1997), 32 pp., paper, ISBN1550171674, PO Box 219, Madiera Park, BC V0N2H0, CANADA.. cn97-910344. Field guide to identifying 10 species of juvenile salmon trout and char during their fry to smolt life states in the freshwaters of British Columbia.

Fields, Leslie Leyland. The Entangling Net : Alaska 's Commercial Fishing Women Tell Their Lives (Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 1997), 156 pp., cloth, $34.95, ISBN 0252022203; paper, $16.95, ISBN0252065654. LC 96-4492. The author, a fisher herself, writes about her experiences in Kodiak and includes the narratives of other women who reflect on their fishing careers in Alaska.

Gay, Joel, with Daryl Binney. Commercial Fishing in Alaska. Volume 24, Number 3 of Alaska Geographic (Anchorage : Alaska Geographic Society, c1997), 112 pp., $19.95 plus $4.00 postage, ISBN 1566610389, P.O. Box 93370PR, Anchorage, AK 99509-3370. wln98077424. Brief descriptions of the great variety of fisheries in Alaska, including the major species of fishes and crabs and other shellfish.

Gibbs, Jim. Alaskan Maritime (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publications, 1997), 158 pp., paper, $29.95 plus postage, ISBN 0764300350, order from Cook Inlet Book Company, 415 West Fifth Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501. LC97-80089. Alaska 's past and present still depend on seas routes: from Russian exploration and exploitation to the modern fishing and transportation of oil and other commodities.

Gill, Ian. Haida Gwaii : Journeys through the Queen Charlotte Islands (Vancouver : Raincoast Books, 1997), 150 pp., paper, $24.95, ISBN1551920689, 8680 Cambie Street, Vancouver, CB, V6P 6M9. cn96-910697. Three different, very personal journeys capture much of the history, culture, and enchantment of this remote place and its people.

Gold in Alaska: A Century of Mining History in Alaska 's National Parks (Anchorage: National Park Service, 1997), 31 pp., paper, free on request from National Park Service, Alaska Regional Office, 2525 Gambell Street, Room 107, Anchorage, AK 99503-2892. wln98049271. Illustrated booklet featuring seven parks around the state.

Gough, Barry. First Across the Continent: Sir Alexander MacKenzie (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1997), 264 pp., cloth, $29.95 plus postage, ISBN 08061-29441 or paper, $14.95 plus postage, ISBN 0806130024, 4100 28th Avenue N.W., Norman, OK 73069-8218. LC97-002942. Gough takes the reader along with Mackenzie on his hazardous travels and voyages, using contemporary accounts to bring to life the problems and perils faced by the young explorer in his 1789 journey to the Arctic Ocean and his1793 journey to the Pacific, which predate the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Haigh, Jane G., Kelley Hegarty-Lammers, and Patricia Walsh. Catch and Release : the Insiders ' Guide to Alaska Men (Homer, AK : Ridgetop Press, 1997), 137 pp., paper, $12.95, ISBN092753025, PO Box 1521, Homer, AK 99603-1521. wln92-126522. Three Alaska women combine their 50 years of experience in Alaska to give you a humorous insiders ' view to a unique species.

Harrington, Louise Brinck, and Mary C. Smith. I Never Did Mind the Rain: A Collection of Oral Histories from Southern Southeast Alaska (Ketchikan: Friends of the Ketchikan Public Library, 1995), 105 pp., paper, $9.95 plus $3.00 postage, ISBN 0-9648998-3-3, order from Alaskan Southeaster, P.O. Box 240667, Douglas, AK 99824. wln97-045480. Interviews with twenty-five Ketchikan residents, 1900-1950.

Haskell, William B. Two Years in the Klondike and Alaskan Gold-Fields 1896-1898 (Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 1997), 578 pp., cloth, ISBN 1889963011, $34.95, or paper, ISBN 1-889963-00-31, $18.98 plus $3.50 postage, PO Box 756240, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK 99775-6240. LC97-39397. Reprint of an 1898 account which stands out from most of the instant guides to the Klondike produced during the rush, with a new preface by Terrence Cole and added index. ASD

Haycox, Stephen, James K. Barnett, and Caedmon A. Liburd, editors. Enlightenment and Exploration in the North Pacific, 1741-1805 (Seattle: Published for the Cook Inlet Historical Society by the University of Washington Press, 1997), 220 pp., paper, $19.95 plus $4.00 postage, ISBN 0295975830, P.O. Box 50096, Seattle, WA 98145-5096. LC96-037993. Overview of this regions ' early history and European explorations.

Hensel, Chase. Telling Our Selves: Ethnicity and Discourse in Southwestern Alaska (New York: Oxford University Press, 1996), 220 pp., cloth, , $49.95, ISBN 0-19-510255-X,or paper, $24.95 plus postage, ISBN 0-19-509477-8, 2001 Evans Road, Cary, NC 27513. LC95-031923. Study of Yup 'ik culture.

Herben, George. Picture Journeys: in Alaska 's Wrangell-St. Elias : America's Largest National Park (Anchorage : Alaska Northwest Books, c1997), 126 pp., cloth, $35.95, ISBN 0882404962; paper, ISBN0882404903, order from PO Box 10306, Portland, OR 97210. LC97-000848. Photos of a trip through the wilderness that includes McCarthy, Kennecott and many landscapes and wildlife.

Howe, John R. Bear Man of Admiralty Island: A Biography of Allen E. Hasselborg (Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 1996), 250 pp., cloth, ISBN 0912006803, $25.00 or paper, ISBN 0912006811, $15.00 plus $3.50 postage, PO Box 756240, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK 99775-6240. LC96-012930. Life story of a bear hunting hermit turned conservationist.

Issenman, Betty Kobayashi. Sinews of Survival: The Living Legacy of Inuit Clothing (Vancouver: UBC Press, 1997), 274 pp., cloth, $45.00 plus postage, ISBN 0-77480596X, distributed by University of Washington Press, P.O. Box 50096, Seattle, WA 98145-5096. cn97-910494. Beautifully illustrated, this volume brings together information on all aspects of Inuit clothing, its design and role in Inuit cultures; includes Inupiat and Yu 'pik attire.

John, Peter. The Gospel according to Peter John, edited by David J. Krupa (Fairbanks, AK : Alaska Native Knowledge Network, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1996), 96 pp., University of Alaska Fairbanks, Harper Building, PO Box 756730, Fairbanks, AK 99775. wln97281638. "A lot of people will say that I 'm not a Christian because I never went to church." Athapaskan Elder Peter John of Minto discusses his spirituality and beliefs.

Joseph, Dorothy Savage. Fishcamp (Bend, Ore. : Maverick Publications, c1997) 143 pp., $12.95, ISBN 0892882700. wln97256497. An Athabascan Indian tells about growing up in Holy Cross in rural Alaska.

Kaniut, Larry. Some Bears Kill : True Life Tales of Terror (Long Beach, CA : Safari Press, 1997), 313 pp., cloth, $24.95, ISBN 1571570698. LC 96-71771. Second edition of stories of bear attacks in the Alaska wilderness.

Kendall, Laurel, Barbara Mathe and Thomas Ross Miller. Drawing Shadows to Stone: The Photography of the Jesup North Pacific Expedition, 1897-1902 (New York: American Museum of Natural History and Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1997), 112 pp., paper, $22.50 plus $4.00 postage, ISBN 0295976470, P.O. Box 50096, Seattle, WA 98145-5096. LC97-13050. Photographic record of a five-year expedition to study indigenous cultures on both sides of the Bering Strait.

L 'Ecuyer, Rosalie E. Prospecting and Mining Activity in the Rampart, Manley Hot Springs and Fort Gibbon Mining Districts of Alaska, 1894 to the Present Era (Fairbanks: Bureau of Land Management, 1997), 179 pp., paper, order from BLM, Alaska State Office, 222 West Seventh Avenue, Suite 13, Anchorage, AK 99513. wln97-159738. Open file report 61.

Lebedoff, David. Cleaning Up : the Story behind the Biggest Legal Bonanza of our Time (New York : Free Press, 1997), 321 pp., cloth, $25.00, ISBN0684837064. LC97-028385. Story of the civil action lawsuit, with details of the human and legal conflicts behind the scenes, against the Exxon Corporation in the aftermath of the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Lord, Nancy. Fishcamp : Life on an Alaskan Shore (Washington, DC : Island Press, 1997), 261 pp., cloth, $22.95, ISBN1559635258 (1718 Connecticut Avenue, N. W., Suite 300, Washington, DC 20009). LC96-52052. Author writes of her life from June to August, days filled with net fishing near Cook Inlet and with the nature and cultures that surround their site.

Mackie, Richard S. Trading Beyond the Mountains: The British Fur Trade on the Pacific, 1793-1843 (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 1997), 420 pp., cloth, ISBN 0774805595, $75.00 plus $5.00 postage, 6344 Memorial Road, Vancouver, BC V6T lZ2. LC97-144799. History of fur trade in British Columbia and rest of Northwest Coast.

MacLeish, Sumner. Seven Words for Wind: Essays and Field Notes from Alaska 's Pribilof Islands (Fairbanks, AK: Epicenter Press, 1997), 159 pp., cloth, $16.95, ISBN0945397356, Box 82368, Kenmore, WA 98028. LC97-075309. Reflections and stories of life on a remote Alaska Island far out in the Bering Sea during the 1980s.

Margeson, Charles. Experiences of Gold Hunters in Alaska: The Story of the Valdez and Copper River Gold Rush (Valdez: Prince William Sound Books, 1997), 240 pp., 19.95 plus postage, ISBN 1877900095, P.O. Box 1313, Valdez, AK 99686. wln97-141797. Reprint of a scarce 1899 classic about the gold rush; most of the original edition was destroyed in a warehouse fire.

McCune, Don. Trail to the Klondike (Pullman, WA : Washington State University Press, 1997), 114 pp., cloth, $35.00 plus $2.50 postage, ISBN0874221439 or paper, $19.95 plus $2.50 postage, ISBN0874221447, PO Box 645910, Pullman, WA 99164-5910. LC97-735. In late 1960s, author and his television crew retraced the stampeders trail to commemorate the Yukon Gold Rush of 1897-98; includes over 120 historical illustrations by gold rush stampeder/photographer Eric Hegg.

McDaniel, Will. Alaska Gold: Life on the New Frontier, 1898-1906, edited by Jeff Kunkel, (San Francisco: California Historical Society and Scottwall Associates, 1997), 176 pp., cloth, $34.95 plus $3.50 postage, ISBN 0942087143, order from Scottwall Associates, 95 Scott Street, San Francisco, CA 94117. wln97-354519. Letters and over 100 photographs by two San Jose ranchers who joined the gold rush to Nome.

Mendenhall, Nancy M. Beachlines: A Pocket History of Nome, Alaska (Nome: George Sabo, 1997),96 pp., comb-bound, $10.00 plus postage, order from Nancy Mendenhall, Box 1141, Nome, AK 99762. wln97-318162. Brief overview of Nome and its history, a "crossroads of diverse ideas, cultures, and personalities."

Mertie, John Beaver, and Louis Prindle. Circle Goldfields, 1893-1938, compiled by Ron Wendte (Wasilla, AK : Goldstream Publications, 1997), 54 pp., paper, $9.95, ISBN1886574162. wln98048592. "Circle part of a group of books belonging to the Alaska geological gold series.... Information in the books is from the United States Geological Survey bulletins."

Middleton, John. Clothing in Colonial Russian America: A New Look, edited by Lyn Kalani, (Fairbanks: Limestone Press, 1996), 138 pp., cloth, $20.00 plus $3.50 postage, ISBN 1895901081, P.O. Box 756240, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK 99775-6240. LC97-214615. Nineteenth century costume at Fort Ross and in Alaska.

Miller, Jay. Tsimshian Culture: A Light Through the Ages (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1997), 202 pp., cloth, $45.00 plus postage, ISBN 080323192X. LC96-035895. Explores the intricacies of the Tsimshian culture with special emphasis, because of personal experience, on the Southern Tsimshian.

Miller, Keith Harvey. Prudhoe Bay Governor: Alaska 's Keith Miller, as told to Joseph Edward Maynard. (Anchorage: Todd Communications, 1997), 296 pp., cloth, $24.95 plus postage, ISBN 1878100998, 203 W 15th Avenue, Suite 102, Anchorage, AK 99501. LC97-60349. Life story of Alaska 's governor from 1969 to 1970.

Mitchell, Donald Craig. Sold American : the Story of Alaska Natives and Their Land, 1867 - 1959 : the Army to Statehood (Hanover, NH : Dartmouth College : University Press of New England, 1997), 476 pp., cloth, $39.95, ISBN0874518008, Hanover, NH 03755-0248. LC96-041871. Detailed study of history, politics, land claims, and relations between the Federal government and Alaska natives before Statehood in 1959.

Moss, H. P. "Pappy" One Alaskan 's Potpourri: Volume I -The Homestead Years (Eagle River, AK: Eagle River Type & Graphics, 1997), 228 pp., paper, ISBN 0965307417, $14.95 plus $2.50 postage, P. 0. Box 774513, Eagle River, AK 99577-4513. LC97-060982. A homesteader, pilot, and legislator tells his life story.

Murphy, Claire Rudolf, and Jane G. Haigh. Gold Rush Women (Anchorage, AK : Alaska Northwest Books, 1997), 126 pp. paper, $16.95, ISBN0882404849, order from PO Box 10306, Portland, OR 97210. LC 97-946. Profiles selected to reveal the depth and variety of women 's roles in the North during the Klondike Gold Rush.

National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Management of Wolf and Bear Populations in Alaska.. Wolves, Bears, and their Prey in Alaska : Biological and Social Challenges in Wildlife Management (Washington, D.C. : National Academy Press, c1997), 207 pp., 2010 Constitution Ave. NW, Box 285, 20055. LC 97-75390. Alaska game management issues analyzed and evaluated. ASD

Newell, Shawn, and Dan Falvey, compilers. Alaska Diving Safety Workshop Proceedings, July 25, 1997, Sitka, Alaska (Fairbanks : University of Alaska Sea Grant College Program, [1997]), 37 pp., $4.00, PO Box 755040, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK 99775-9988. wln97351825. "The goal of this workshop was to identify the nature and scope of safety concerns in Alaska 's dive industry and discuss education and information opportunities that will enhance diving safety in Alaska." ASD

Norris, Frank B. Legacy of the Gold Rush: An Administrative History of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (Anchorage: National Park Service, 1996), 509 pp., paper, request from National Park Service, Alaska Regional Office, 2525 Gambell Street, Room 107, Anchorage, AK 99503-2892. LC96-231316. Extensive study of Park located in Skagway and Seattle.

Nowry, Laurence. Marius Barbeau: Man of Mana (Toronto: NC Press, 1996), 445 pp., paper, CN$29.95 plus postage, ISBN 1550211005, 345 Adelaide Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1R5. Life story of the prolific Geological Survey of Canada anthropologist who documented Native cultures of the Alaskan and British Columbia coasts during the first half of the twentieth century.

O 'Donnell, Jack. Alaska Panhandle Tales, or Funny Things Happened Up North (Seaside, OR: Frontier Publishing, 1996), 181 pp., paper, ISBN 0939116405, $16.95 plus postage, P. 0. Box 441, Seaside, OR 97138. LC95-083460. Sixty years of southeast Alaskan memories, mostly in the Petersburg area.

Olthuis, Diane. Goldpan, Trapline & Camera: The Harry A. Johnson Album (Hope, AK: Timbers, Tails & Yarns, 1997), 46 pp., paper, $8.95 plus postage, order from Cook Inlet Book Company, 415 West Fifth Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501. Album of Harry Johnson photographs with biographical notes on the photographer.

Orr, Eliza Cingarkaq. Ellangellemni: When I Became Aware (Fairbanks; Lower Kuskokwim School District and Alaska Native Language Center, 1997), 630 pp., paper, ISBN 155500614, 219 Eielson, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK 99701. Yup 'ik stories as told by the elders of Tununak, a village on the Bering Sea. Told in Yup 'ik with English translations, illustrated with black and white photographs. ASD

Pennington, Estill Curtis. Frontier Sublime: Alaskan Art from the Juneau Empire Collection (Augusta, GA: Morris Museum of Art, 1997), 112 pp., cloth, ISBN 1890021008. wln97189929. Color reproductions with commentary on original art by Alaskans owned and exhibited by the newspaper, the Juneau Empire.

Piper, Ernest. Alaska Sportfishing (Anchorage, Alaska : Alaska Geographic Society, c1997.), 160 pp., paper, $17.95, ISBN 1566610370,PO Box 93370, Anchorage, AK 99509. LC 97-038049. Full-color guide to the sport: the basics, the species and fishing by region in the state.

Powell, Addison. Trailing and Camping in Alaska (Valdez: Prince William Sound Books, 1997), 240 pp., paper, $19.95 plus postage, ISBN 1-87900-06-0, P.O. Box 1313, Valdez, AK 99686. Wln97-343644. Reprint of a 1909 classic by an Army surveyor in the Valdez and Copper River area, with new preface by Jim and Nancy Lethcoe.

Rasmussen, Greg. Kayaking in Paradise : Journeys from Alaska through the Inside Passage (North Vancouver, BC : Whitecap Books, 1997), 118 pp., cloth, $29.95, ISBN1551106337, 351 Lynn Avenue, North Vancouver, BC V7J 2C4. cn97-910655. Sea kayak tour from Petersburg, Alaska, through Canada to Washington 's San Juan Islands, with color photographs.

Redman, Earl, and Ken Maas. An Index to Mining-Related Articles in Ketchikan Newspapers, 1901-1936 (Juneau: Alaska State Library, 1997), 34 pp., paper, $5.00, PO Box 110571, Juneau, AK 99811-0571. LC97-134919. Lists citations to local newpaper articles by location and name of mine. ASD

Remick, Scott, and Cathy Cook. Klondike Gold Rush : an Educator's Guide to America's "Last Grand Adventure" (Skagway, AK : Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, 1997?), 32 pp. Kondike Gold Rush NHP, PO Box 517, Skagway, AK 99840. wln97172345. Student handbook designed to give an overview of the Gold Rush, 1897-1898. ASD

Richardson, Elizabeth, editor. The Alaskan, November 1885-March 1887: Newspaper Excerpts of Genealogical and Historical Interest (Ward Cove, AK: The Author, 1997), 152 pp., paper, $16.00 plus $3.50 postage, P.O. Box 662, Ward Cove, AK 99928. Wln98-019802. Articles from a weekly Sitka newspaper, with an added name index covering 1,500 entries.

Rinaldo, Peter M. The Great Reindeer Caper: The Missionary and the Miners (Briarcliff Manor, NY : DorPete Press, 1997), 120 pp., cloth, $14.95, ISBN 1890849006, P.O. Box 238, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510. LC97-66799. Account of a gold rush fiasco, a government sponsored relief expedition to send reindeer to starving gold miners who were actually doing just fine; includes excerpts from an unpublished manuscript of Rinaldo 's ancestor Peter Trout, who prospected in the Yukon valley before 1897.

Roderick, John R. Crude Dreams: a Personal History of Oil & Politics in Alaska (Fairbanks, AK : Epicenter Press, 1997), 446 pp., paper, $24.95, ISBN 0945397607. wln97-318896. History of Alaska 's petroleum industry through the late 1970s, told by one who observed and reported the development of oil production and the people who made it happen.

Romig, Ella Mae Ervin. When the Geese Come: the Journals of a Moravian Missionary Ella Mae Ervin Romig 1898-1905, Southwest Alaska / edited with an introduction by Phyllis Demuth Movius (Fairbanks : University of Alaska Press, 1997), 254 pp., paper, $20.00 plus $3.50 postage, ISBN0912006897, PO Box 756240, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK 99702. LC96-51588. "Her candid observations of a time long gone reveal a growing affection and understanding for the wild country where they lived and labored, and for the Yup 'ik people with whom they worked." ASD

Rourke, Norman E. War Comes to Alaska : the Dutch Harbor Attack, June 3-4, 1942. (Shippensburg, PA : Burd Street Press, 1997), 166 pp., paper, $12.95 plus $4.00 postage, ISBN1572490284, available from White Mane Publishing Co., Inc., PO Box 152, Shippensburg, PA 17257. LC96-053353. Story of the battle on North American soil, from the American and Japanese points of view.

Ruotsala, Jim. Pilots of the Panhandle (Juneau, Alaska : Seadrome Press, c1997), 120 pp., paper, $29.95 plus $4.00 postage, ISBN 0965883000, available from Hearthside Books, 8745 Glacier Hwy, Juneau, AK 99801. LC97-091980. Volume one of projected series on history of aviation in southeast Alaska from 1920 to 1935.

Rutherford, Kay M. Sweet Stew : An Alaskan Tale (Coon Valley, WI : Aavery Press, c1997), 94 pp., paper, $9.95, ISBN 0965274217. LC96-095425. Short memoir of a woman and her biologist husband who lived on Unimak Island for two years and then for two more in Kaktovik in the 1970s and 1980s.

Sabella, John. Troll King : Glimpses of a Unique Southeast Alaska Lifestyle (Seattle, WA : John Sabella & Associates, 1997), 143 pp., paper, $15.95, ISBN0925720190, po Box 17392, Seattle, WA 98107. wln97128434. Profiles Keane Gau who stalked salmon with hook and line in the wilds of Southeast Alaska.

Scott, Elva R. Jewel on the Yukon: Eagle City (Eagle: Eagle Historical Society & Museums, 1997), 184 pp., paper, $19.95 plus $4.00 postage, ISBN 0965718808. LC 97-224830. A collection of essays on this Yukon River city.

Shelford, Cyril. From War to Wilderness (Victoria, B.C.: Shelford Pub., 1997), 250 pp., hardbound, $19.95, ISBN1550565338, 4210 Kincaid Street, Victoria, BC V8X4K6. cn97-9107121. Letters of the author 's father relate his early life in which he fought in the Boer War and then came to America, arriving in Alaska in 1904 where he stayed for six years—trapping and building--before settling in British Columbia.

Skinner, Ramona Ellen. Alaska Native Policy in the Twentieth Century (New York : Garland Publishing, 1997), 143 pp., cloth, $40.00, ISBN0815329083, LC9740756. One of series entitled Native Americans; Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Historical review of United States role in Alaska Native governments with recommendations on ways to strengthen tribal powers so that the culture is preserved.

Smelcer, John E., editor. In the Shadows of Mountains: Ahtna Stories from the Copper River (Glennallen, AK: Ahtna Heritage Foundation, 1997), 101 pp., paper, $10.00 plus postage, ISBN 0-9656310-0-1, P.O. Box 213, Glennallen, AK 99588. wln97-172442. Includes a foreword by poet Gary Snyder.

Smith, Dave. Backcountry Bear Basics: the Definitive Guide to Avoiding Unpleasant Encounters (Seattle, WA : The Mountaineers, 1997), 109 pp., paper, $10.95, ISBN089886500X, 1001 SW Klickitat Way, Suite 201, Seattle, WA 98134. LC97-4241. "Packed with tips and tested strategies, [this book] will make your next visit to bear country a safer one."

Snaith, Skip. Umiak: An Illustrated Guide (Eastsound, WA: Walrose & Hyde, 1997), 185 pp., paper, $24.95 plus postage, ISBN 0965872599, order from Cook Inlet Book Company, 415 West Fifth Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501. LC97-090473. Introduction to umiaks—Arctic open-skin boats--and umiak design and building, with illustrations for each step in the process.

Springer, Susan Woodward. Seldovia Alaska: an Historical Portrait of Life in Zaliv Seldevoe—Herring Bay (Littleton, CO : Blue Willow, 1997), 240 pp., paperbound, $24.95, ISBN1889796034, PO Box 6212227, Littleton, CO 80162. LC97-074728. Highly readable, extensive history using many documents and sources.

Spufford, Francis. I May be Some Time : Ice and the English Imagination (New York: St. Martin 's Press, 1997), 372 p., cloth, $26.95, ISBN 031217442X. LC97-032084. Cultural history of the obsession with ice, Eskimos, and polar exploration: how the myth of the poles were perceived and imagined in nineteenth and twentieth century England.

Steele, Peter. Atlin 's Gold (Prince George, B.C.: Caitlin Press, 1995), 239 pp., paper, $12.95 plus $4.00 postage, ISBN 0920576478. LC96-150259. The story of the Steele family 's travels to Atlin, British Columbia; interspersed with the history of the Atlin area. Includes b&w photographs.

Steltzer, Ulli. The Spirit of Haida Gwaii : Bill Reid 's Masterpiece (Seattle, WA : University of Washington Press, 1997), 61 pp., paper, $12.95, ISBN0295976241 (PO Box 50096, Seattle, WA 98145-5096). LC98-51836, cn96-910846-C. Story of the sculpture, a 20 foot long canoe filled with creatures of Haida mythology, and its creator, the artist Bill Reid.

Stoll, William M. Hunting for Gold in Alaska 's Talkeetna Mountains, 1897-1951: With a Background Sketch of Alaska 's Great Gold-Lode Camps (Ligonier, PA: The Author, 1997), 301 pp., paper, $24.95 plus $4.00 postage, ISBN 0-9656212-0-0, order from Cook Inlet Book Company, 415 West Fifth Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501. LC96-092743. History of the mines and miners in the Talkeetna gold belt illustrated with maps, diagrams, and photographs.

Stolt, William, and Lilian Stolt. Bill and Lily: Two Alaskans (Anchorage: Publication Consultants, 1997), 272 pp., cloth, $29.95 plus $4.00 postage, ISBN 1888125144. wln97-281702. Life stories of Anchorage residents who have been here since the founding of the town in 1915.

To Honor and Comfort : Native Quilting Traditions / edited by Marsha L. MacDowell and C. Kurt Dewhurst. "In association with Michigan State University Museum."(Santa Fe : Museum of New Mexico Press, c1997.), 230 pp., cloth, $35.00, ISBN 0890133166, PO Box 2087, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504. LC 97-027063. Mostly not Alaskan, but has a chapter by Ann Fienrup-Riordan on Nelson Island quilts.

Treadwell, Timothy, and Jewel Palovak. Among Grizzlies : Living with Wild Bears in Alaska (New York : HarperCollins, 1997), 199 pp., cloth, $24.00, ISBN0060173939, LC96-53501. For eight summers, the author has lived alone with the grizzlies of Alaska, observing their social structure and here shares his observations of their day-to-day lives.

VanStone, James W. The Cherry Collection of Deg Hitan (Ingalik) Material Culture, (Chicago: Field Museum of Natural History, 1996), 58 pp., paper, order from Library Publications Division, Roosevelt Road at Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605-2498. wln96-274058. Description of over a hundred objects collected at Anvik on the lower Yukon River in 1890-92 by Marcus O. Cherry.

Waddell, James I. C.S.S. Shenandoah: The Memoirs of Lieutenant Commanding James I. Waddell, edited by James D. Horan, (Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1996), 208 pp., paper, $13.95 plus postage, ISBN 1557503680, 2062 Generals Highway, Annapolis, MD 21401. LC95-038811. Reprint of 1960 ed. Waddell commanded a Confederate cruiser that sank and captured dozens of ships, many of them in the Bering Sea after the Civil War had ended.

Walker, Spike. Nights of Ice: True Stories of Disaster and Survival on Alaska 's High Seas (New York : St. Martin 's Press), 206 pp., cloth, $20.95, ISBN0312156111. LC97-6207. Eight true stories recount ordeals of fishermen who encounter shipwrecks and other perils in the oceans around Alaska.

West, Frederick Hadleigh, editor. American Beginnings: The Prehistory and Palaeoecology of Beringia (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996), 576 pp., cloth, $75.00, ISBN 0-226-893995, LC96-011719. Compilation of 56 articles represent key archaeological discoveries in Siberia and Alaska that reveal the environmental and human evidence of this important region, also known as the Bering Land Bridge.

Wheeler, Gerald E. Kinkaid of the Seventh Fleet: A Biography of Admiral Thomas C. Kinkaid, U.S. Navy (Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1996), 552 pp., cloth, $39.95 plus postage, ISBN 1557509360, 2062 Generals Highway, Annapolis, MD 21401. Kinkaid 's 46-year naval career included command of the Kiska and Attu invasions in the Aleutian Islands during World War II.

Wilson, Graham. The Klondike Gold Rush: Photographs from 1896-1899 (Whitehorse: Wolf Creek Books, 1997), 112 pp., paper, $9.95 plus $4.00 postage, ISBN 0968195504. cn97-900361. A selection of 125 black and white historical images.

Wilson, Shawn Stanley. Gwich 'in Native Elders : Not Just Knowledge, but a Way of Looking at the World (Fairbanks, AK : Alaska Native Knowledge Network, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1996), 62 pp., University of Alaska Fairbanks, Harper Building, PO Box 756730, Fairbanks, AK 99775. wln98039946. First of series entitled "Native pathways to Education," this study examines the role, characteristics, and needs of elders of Fort Yukon.

Wolff, Ernest N. Frank Yasuda and the Chandalar (Fairbanks: The Author, 1997), 66 pp., 875 Crazy Horse Way, Fairbanks, AK 99712. wln97139775. Account of a Japanese whaler who jumped ship in Barrow, married an Inupiat woman, and crossed the Brooks Range to found the village of Beaver on the Yukon River; illustrated with photographs.

Addresses for Selected Alaskana Bookstores*

Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 200 East Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage AK, 99503 USA / Tel: 907-279-7323 / Fax: 907-279-7322

Borders Books and Music, 1100 E. Dimond Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99515 USA / Tel: 907-344-4099/ Fax:: 907-344-6912 / e-mail:

Cook Inlet Book Company
This store closed in 2006 due to bankruptcy. For historical background on the store, visit their LitSite Profile.

Hearthside Books, 8745 Glacier Hwy, Juneau, AK 99801 / Tel: 907-789-2750 or 1-800-478-1000/ Fax: 907-789-7480/ e-mail:

Mac's Fireweed, 203 Main Street, Whitehorse, Yukon, CANADA Y1A 2B2/ Tel: 867-668-6104 or 800-661-0508/ FAX: 867-668-5548/ e-mail:

Old Harbor Books, 201 Lincoln Street, Sitka, AK 99835 / Tel: 907-747-8808 /

*See the following website for information about Alaska writers and booksellers and a list of bookstores (with mailing addresses) in Alaska:

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