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Disappointment River: Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385541626
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday - March 13th, 2018

Ruth says: Castner canoed the entire Mackenzie River in summer of 2016, from Slave Lake to the Arctic Ocean.  His strong writing makes short work of a long paddle, and he brings a profitable haul of stories from the territory, alternating his contemporary travelogue with the journeys of Alexander Mackenzie and other fur-trade voyageurs.  Abandon notions of timeless wilderness!  Mackenzie’s grueling foray into the unknown in the cold of the Little Ice Age could have happened in another world, compared to Castner’s sunburned and lightning-plagued trip in our hot century.  Mackenzie thought he failed to find a Northwest Passage to the Pacific, but he was just 200 years too early for ice-free Arctic shipping routes.

 

Reading this will make you eager for the thaw so you can launch a canoe and go somewhere.  I’m not quite as ambitious as Brian Castner, but I might paddle Palmer Slough all the way to the Pacific.


This Is How It Always Is: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250088567
Availability: Not currently in the store BUT we can probably order it for you
Published: Flatiron Books - January 23rd, 2018

On Trails: An Exploration Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781476739236
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - July 4th, 2017

Thunderfeet: Alaska's Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Critters (PAWS IV) Cover Image
By Shelley Gill, Shannon Cartwright (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9780934007191
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little Bigfoot - July 29th, 1997

The Living: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060924119
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - November 12th, 2013

The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060786502
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - July 5th, 2005

Where the Sea Breaks Its Back: The Epic Story - Georg Steller & the Russian Exploration of AK Cover Image
By Corey Ford, Lois Darling (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780882403946
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Alaska Northwest Books - June 2003

The Summer Book Cover Image
By Tove Jansson, Kathryn Davis (Introduction by), Thomas Teal (Translated by)
$14.00
ISBN: 9781590172681
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Published: NYRB Classics - May 20th, 2008

The Sparrow: A Novel (The Sparrow Series #1) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780449912553
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ballantine Books - September 8th, 1997

Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802121752
Availability: Not currently in the store BUT we can probably order it for you
Published: Grove Press - October 8th, 2013

Cloud Atlas: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780375507250
Availability: Not currently in the store BUT we can probably order it for you
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - August 17th, 2004

The War That Saved My Life Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780147510488
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Puffin Books - May 31st, 2016

To Russia with Love: An Alaskan's Journey Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781602231405
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Alaska Press - February 15th, 2014