A Guide to the Notorious Bars of Alaska

09/27/2014 4:00 pm
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The story of Alaska can be told through its bars. The historic gathering places reveal the gritty realities of the frontier. Meet Douglas Vandegraft, who has been researching Alaska's notorious bars for years.

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Street:
720 S Alaska St
City:
Palmer
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Province:
Alaska
Postal Code:
99645-6356
Country:
United States

Andy Hall and David Stevenson

09/13/2014 3:00 pm
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Two great Alaskan writers will be available to chat about mountains and mountaineering.

Andy Hall is the author of Denali's Howl: The Deadliest Climbing Disaster on America's Wildest Peak. It's the gripping, well-researched telling of the famous rescue attempt on Denali.

David Stevenson is the chair of the UAA Creative Writing and Literary Arts Department at UAA. His collection of stories, Letters from Chamonix, explores the wild.

 

 

$27.95
ISBN-13: 9780525954064
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dutton Adult, 5/2014

In 1967, twelve young men attempted to climb Alaska’s Mount McKinley—known to the locals as Denali—one of the most popular and deadly mountaineering destinations in the world. Only five survived.

Journalist Andy Hall, son of the park superintendent at the time, investigates the tragedy. He spent years tracking down survivors, lost documents, and recordings of radio communications. In Denali’s Howl, Hall reveals the full story of an expedition facing conditions conclusively established here for the first time: At an elevation of nearly 20,000 feet, these young men endured an “arctic super blizzard,” with howling winds of up to 300 miles an hour and wind chill that freezes flesh solid in minutes. All this without the high-tech gear and equipment climbers use today.


$24.95
ISBN-13: 9780991807635
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Published: Imaginary Mountain Surveyors, 3/2014
International climbing tales from by‐gone eras to the present that speak of the essence of mountain adventure and hint at those things that prowl just outside of our consciousness, how we deal with falls from great heights, and the sublime difference between an accident and revenge.

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Street:
720 S Alaska St
City:
Palmer
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Province:
Alaska
Postal Code:
99645-6356
Country:
United States

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Nick Jans' Newest Book:

"A [wolf] by any other name..." , Nick Jans explores the dynamics of a wild wolf and an ever-encroaching human society in his latest book, A Wolf Called Romeo. Jans considers the lure of Alaska's wildlife with careful research, crisp language, and complex animal interaction. As with any love story, Jans' narration offers nail-biting suspense and tear-jerking fun.

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A Wolf Called Romeo (Hardcover)

$26.00
ISBN-13: 9780547858197
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Published: Houghton Mifflin, 7/2014

No stranger to wildlife, Nick Jans had lived in Alaska for nearly thirty years. But when one evening at twilight a lone black wolf ambled into view not far from his doorstep, Nick would finally come to know this mystical species--up close as never before.

"A Wolf Called Romeo" is the remarkable story of a wolf who returned again and again to interact with the people and dogs of Juneau, living on the edges of their community, engaging in an improbable, awe-inspiring interspecies dance and bringing the wild into sharp focus. At first the people of Juneau were guarded, torn between "shoot first, ask questions later" instincts and curiosity. But as Romeo began to tag along with cross-country skiers on their daily jaunts, play fetch with local dogs, or simply lie near Nick and nap under the sun, they came to accept Romeo, and he them. For Nick it was about trying to understand Romeo, then it was about winning his trust, and ultimately it was about watching over him, for as long as he or anyone could.

Written with a deft hand and a searching heart, "A Wolf Called Romeo" is an unforgettable tale of a creature who defied nature and thus gave humans a chance to understand it a little more.


Lexicon In Paperback!

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Lexicon (Paperback)

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780143125426
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Published: Penguin Books, 5/2014
Max Barry is a genius at creating heart-pulsing adventure-satire. In this book, language itself is hacked so it becomes a weapon. It's stirring, hugly funny, and thoughtful at the same time.

National Bestseller Stephanie Thornton

05/10/2014 3:00 pm
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Author of the national bestselling The Secret History: A Novel of Empress Theodora, Stephanie Thornton will be at Fireside Books signing her newest novel, Daughter of the Gods: A Novel of Ancient Egypt!  When not writing, Stephanie teaches history in Chugiak.  She loves being able to impart knowledge about history, but don't think that makes her novels any less than engaging and fascinating.  So come by Fireside to meet Stephanie, but walk out with the chance to know Empress Theodora and Hatshepsut.

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780451417787
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Published: NAL Trade, 7/2013

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780451417794
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Published: NAL Trade, 5/2014

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780451417800
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: NAL Trade, 11/2014

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Street:
720 S Alaska St
City:
Palmer
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Alaska
Postal Code:
99645-6356
Country:
United States

The World Pushes; You Have to Push Back

The world pushes. The world screams. Smart Phones. YouTube. Wii. Work. The Children. This page is here to remind you that what you really love to do is to read, to sit alone with a book, by the fireplace or on the sofa or on the bed, to sit quietly, with your own mind, your own thoughts, and read -- a story, a novel, an essay. The world pushes. You have to push back. Say it now: Go Away. I'm reading!

About Fireside Books

Our hours are:

Monday-Saturday 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM

We're in the heart of Downtown Palmer, right across from the Train Depot
(That's the big blue building!)

Fireside Books

720 S. Alaska St.

Palmer, AK 99645

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Way back in the later part of the 20th Century, David Cheezem and Melissa Behnke decided they wanted to open a bookstore. Both husband and wife were and are avid readers. Melissa's mother Peggy helped grow the small Wasilla library, and she grew up in a family of readers. David had just completed his Masters in Fine Arts degree in creative writing, and felt that his fellow writers deserved a place where good writing was honored and celebrated.

They found the perfect location for a bookstore in Palmer -- the small agricultural town in Alaska with a rich history and cultural heritage.

In 2001 David and Melissa discovered an empty storefront within a stone's throw of Vagabond Blues, their favorite Alaskan coffee-shop. It was the perfect location for a bookstore.

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