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Old 04-09-2012, 07:51 PM   #1
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I am getting ready for a late June ride to Alaska and want some good books on , or set in, Alaska and the Yukon. What are your favorites?
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:54 PM   #2
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The Milepost, it has all the info you'll need for the ride up from America.
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:58 PM   #3
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Sorry, I meant fiction and non fiction. Not guide books
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:36 PM   #4
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"Alaska" from James Michener. It's a long read, slow at the beginning, but is a good book on the early days of AK.

I still suggest the Milepost for your ride, but you probably already have one by now.
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:42 PM   #5
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"The Stand" you and audio book that sucker all the wy up!!! Haha.
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:00 PM   #6
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"The Stand" you and audio book that sucker all the wy up!!! Haha.
I like the sound of that...my favorite book.
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:26 PM   #7
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"Butcher, Baker" was a good read.
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:27 PM   #8
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The Cruelest Miles, a well written account of the original serum run to Nome that is memorialized these days as the Iditarod Race..
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:28 PM   #9
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I've enjoyed the series of murder mysteries by Sue Henry. She does a great job of describing - very accurately - the locales (mostly in Alaska, but also in the Yukon and on the Alcan) in which the stories take place.
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:38 PM   #10
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If you're riding into or out of Prince Rupert BC you'll be going thru the Hazelton area. BC = Beautiful Country!

One of my favorite books on that area is Challenge The Wilderness by Tomlinson. Its about one of the first missionary families into BC.

Good luck and have fun, Mark H.
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:58 PM   #11
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Coming into the Country, by John McPhee
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Old 04-09-2012, 11:20 PM   #12
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Not sure what your looking for but the first one is about a trapper and hunter named Frank Glaser. The second one is about a homesteader named Richard Proenneke.

(1) Alaska's wolfman by Jim Rearden

(2) One man's wilderness: an Alaskan odyssey by Sam Keith
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Old 04-10-2012, 12:51 AM   #13
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Coming into the Country, by John McPhee
I read that years ago & was not impressed.
I’ve been here a lot longer than most anyone on here & could recommend a few. Depends on what you are looking for. If you like airplanes first up would be ‘The Flying North’ by Jean Potter. Great little book about the bush pilots here years ago. You can get it in paperback .... around here anyway, I've gifted a few. ‘Glacier Pilot’, ‘Wager the Wind’ are also very good.
Let me know what you are looking for & I could recommend some others.

Of course there is always the classic stuff you should have read years ago. Robert Service’s great poems about Alaska & the Klondike &Jack London’s books & stories about the North.
http://www.arcticwebsite.com/LondonJackKlond.html
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Jack London had found his calling, and went on to become one of America’s greatest writers. He wrote many articles and stories, both large and small, yet his greatest works were always about the far north, such as: White Fang, and The Call Of The Wild.
Londons's short story ‘To Build a Fire’ is very good.
Service’s ‘The Spell of the Yukon’, ‘The Shooting of Dan McGrew’, & ‘The Cremation of Sam McGee’ are great & read like little stories.

Emm, what the hell.... I like readin' these again...
The Cremation of Sam McGee
“There are strange things done in the midnight sun ....”
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/174348

The Shooting of Dan McGREW
“A bunch of the boys were whooping it up in the Malamute saloon ....”
http://www.blupete.com/Literature/Po...ceShooting.htm
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Old 04-10-2012, 01:51 AM   #14
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If you like airplanes, Wager With the Wind is good.

My first read, must read recommendation would be "The Copper Spike"..... the story of the Kennicot copper mine in turn of the century Ak. There is also period novel called "The Iron Trail" covers the history & thinly disguises the characters that built the railroad and copper mine. I think it was made into a movie in the 1930's. Besides.... Kennicot should be one of your destinations if you are coming up.

I used to give copies of The Copper Spike to deserving travelers, harder to find now but I got one off the internet last year, there were quite a few
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Old 04-10-2012, 08:19 AM   #15
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One man's wilderness: an Alaskan odyssey by Sam Keith
+1 - that's a good one,

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