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Alaska's Native People

Epicenter´s enduring best-seller is Two Old Women, by Velma Wallis, an award-winning book that has delighted and inspired readers worldwide. This simple and beautiful story has been translated into 17 languages.

Art & Eskimo Power by Lael Morgan
Bird Girl and the Man Who Followed the Sun by Velma Wallis
Cold River Spirits by Jan Harper-Haines
Moments Rightly Placed by Ray Hudson
Purely Alaska
Raising Ourselves (trade paperback) by Velma Wallis
Seven Words for Wind by Sumner MacLeish
Spirit of the Wind by Lew Freedman
Tundra Teacher by John Foley

Art and Photography

Outhouses of Alaska, by photographer-writer Harry Walker, has been a big hit in our series of art and photography books. Harry also created Log Cabins of Alaska and Boats of Alaska. Equally popular is Jon Van Zyle's Alaska Sketchbook. Jon is featured in our Alaska Gallery & Gift Shop.

Alaska Travelers Sketchbook by Gloria Sampson
Cold, Starry Night by Claire Fejes
Exploring the Unknown (hardbound edition) by Bradford Washburn
Exploring the Unknown (trade paperback edition) by Bradford Washburn
Fly Fishing Women Explore Alaska by Cecilia Kleinkauf
Gail Niebrugge's Alaska Wildflowers by Gail Niebrugge
Jon Van Zyle's Alaska Sketchbook by Jon Van Zyle
Jon Van Zyle's Iditarod Memories by Jona Van Zyle
Wild Critters by Tim Jones

Biographies and Memoirs

This area is full of "good reads" and it's difficult to single one out. A favorite among Alaskans is Tales of Alaska's Bush Rat Governor, an autobiography of Jay Hammond, who decades after serving as governor remains the state's favorite politician. But this book is not so much about politics as it is about the life of a fascinating and beloved Alaskan.

A title receiving glowing reviews was Moments Rightly Placed: An Aleutian Memoir, by Ray Hudson, a beautifully written story about a young man who comes from the East to teach school on a remote Aleutian Island for a year or two and stays nearly a quarter-century.

Also on the shelf:

Accidental Adventurer (trade paperback edition) by Barbara Washburn
Arctic Bush Pilot by Jim Rearden
Art & Eskimo Power by Lael Morgan
Boom Town Boy by Jack de Yonge
Cheechako Goes to the Klondike by Charles W. Adams
Chips from the Chopping Block by Jay Hammond
Cold, Starry Night by Claire Fejes
Crude Dreams by Jack Roderick
Exploring the Unknown (hardbound edition) by Bradford Washburn
Exploring the Unknown (trade paperback edition) by Bradford Washburn
Fish Out of Water by Arlene Lochridge
Flying Cold by Robert Merrill MacLean
George Carmack by James Albert Johnson
Going to Extremes by Joe McGinniss
Honest Dogs by Brian Patrick O'Donoghue
Iditarod Classics by Lew Freedman
Iditarod Dreams by Lew Freedman
Kay Fanning's Alaska Story by Kay Fanning
Kay Fanning's Alaska Story (trade paperback) by Kay Fanning
Mercy Pilot by Dirk Tordoff
Moments Rightly Placed by Ray Hudson
North to Wolf Country by James W. Brooks
On the Edge of Nowhere by James Huntington
One Second to Glory by Lew Freedman
Our Alaska (trade paperback edition)
Raising Ourselves (trade paperback) by Velma Wallis
Sarah by Kaylene Johnson
Saving for the Future (trade paperback) by Dave Rose
Sisters by Samme Gallaher
Spirit of the Wind by Lew Freedman
Surviving the Island of Grace by Leslie Leyland Fields
Tales of Alaska's Bush Rat Governor by Jay Hammond
The Spill by Sharon Bushell
Tundra Teacher by John Foley

Books by and about Alaska Women

Many of our books were written about and by northern womaen. Recent reader favorites include Riding the Wild Side of Denali, by the wilderness twins, Miki & Julie Collins. Barbara Lavallee paints many northern women in Barbara Lavallee's Painted Ladies, a gorgeous art book with text by B.G. Olson.

Other recommendations:

Accidental Adventurer (trade paperback edition) by Barbara Washburn
Alaska Travelers Sketchbook by Gloria Sampson
Alaska Women Write
Anchorage by Elizabeth Tower
Bird Girl and the Man Who Followed the Sun by Velma Wallis
Cold River Spirits by Jan Harper-Haines
Fish Out of Water by Arlene Lochridge
Fly Fishing Women Explore Alaska by Cecilia Kleinkauf
Gail Niebrugge's Alaska Wildflowers by Gail Niebrugge
Good Time Girls of the Alaska-Yukon Gold Rush by Lael Morgan
Iditarod Dreams by Lew Freedman
Kay Fanning's Alaska Story by Kay Fanning
Kay Fanning's Alaska Story (trade paperback) by Kay Fanning
Moonlight Madness by Samme Gallaher
Raising Ourselves (trade paperback) by Velma Wallis
Sarah by Kaylene Johnson
Sarah (paperback) by Kaylene Johnson
Seven Words for Wind by Sumner MacLeish
Sisters by Samme Gallaher
Surviving the Island of Grace by Leslie Leyland Fields
The Fishes & Dishes Cookbook by Kiyo Marsh
Two Old Women (20th Anniversary Edition) by Velma Wallis

Bush Pilots of the North

Our newest release is Arctic Bush Pilot, the story of the exciting adventures and misadventures of "Andy" Anderson, who pioneered scheduled air service to the Brooks Range and Kokyukuk River region of northern Alaska.

Alaska's Sky Follies, by Joe Rychetnick, humorous stories about flying the north, is our aviation bestseller.

Other books about flying:

Alaska's Sky Follies by Joe Rychetnik
Arctic Bush Pilot by Jim Rearden
Character and Characters by Robert J. Serling
Cheating Death by Larry Kaniut
Flying Cold by Robert Merrill MacLean
Mercy Pilot by Dirk Tordoff
Tales of Alaska's Bush Rat Governor by Jay Hammond

History of Alaska & the Yukon

49 at Last! by Claus-M. Naske
Accidental Adventurer (trade paperback edition) by Barbara Washburn
Alaska's Sky Follies by Joe Rychetnik
Amazing Pipeline Stories by Dermot Cole
Anchorage by Elizabeth Tower
Arctic Bush Pilot by Jim Rearden
Art & Eskimo Power by Lael Morgan
Boom Town Boy by Jack de Yonge
Character and Characters by Robert J. Serling
Cheechako Goes to the Klondike by Charles W. Adams
Chips from the Chopping Block by Jay Hammond
Cold Crime by Tom Brennan
Cold River Spirits by Jan Harper-Haines
Cold, Starry Night by Claire Fejes
Crude Dreams by Jack Roderick
Echoes of Fury by Frank Parchman
Exploring the Unknown (hardbound edition) by Bradford Washburn
Exploring the Unknown (trade paperback edition) by Bradford Washburn
Father of the Iditarod by Lew Freedman
George Carmack by James Albert Johnson
Good Time Girls of the Alaska-Yukon Gold Rush by Lael Morgan
Haunted Alaska by Ron Wendt
Kay Fanning's Alaska Story by Kay Fanning
Kay Fanning's Alaska Story (trade paperback) by Kay Fanning
Mercy Pilot by Dirk Tordoff
Moonlight Madness by Samme Gallaher
Murder at Forty Below by Tom Brennan
North to Wolf Country by James W. Brooks
Raising Ourselves (trade paperback) by Velma Wallis
Reaching for a Star by Gerald E. Bowkett
Sarah by Kaylene Johnson
Sarah (paperback) by Kaylene Johnson
Saving for the Future by Dave Rose
Saving for the Future (trade paperback) by Dave Rose
Seven Words for Wind by Sumner MacLeish
Sisters by Samme Gallaher
Strange Stories of Alaska and the Yukon by Ed Ferrell
Tales of Alaska's Bush Rat Governor by Jay Hammond
The Spill by Sharon Bushell

Humor

If we've learned anything in this business, it's that readers love a good laugh.

The favorite is Fashion Means Your Fur Hat is Dead: A Guide to Good Manners & Social Survival in Alaska, by Mike Doogan. Our newest release is Moose Dropping & Other Crimes Against Nature, funny stories by Tom Brennan.

More humor:

Alaska's Sky Follies by Joe Rychetnik
Doogan by Mike Doogan
Fashion Means Your Fur Hat Is Dead by Mike Doogan
Fishing for a Laugh by Lew Freedman
Moose Dropping and Other Crimes Against Nature by Tom Brennan
SLED DOG WISDOM

Jon Van Zyle's Iditarod Gallery

Two Old Women (20th Anniversary Edition) by Velma Wallis

Life in the Far North

Our titles abound with stories about the unique cultures and lifestyles of the north, where people seem to live "large lives."

Cheating Death: Survival Stories from Alaska, by Larry Kaniut, will amaze you. So will Amazing Pipeline Stories, by Dermot Cole.

Other titles:

Alaska Women Write
Amazing Pipeline Stories by Dermot Cole
Art & Eskimo Power by Lael Morgan
Boom Town Boy by Jack de Yonge
Cheating Death by Larry Kaniut
Chips from the Chopping Block by Jay Hammond
Cold River Spirits by Jan Harper-Haines
Cold, Starry Night by Claire Fejes
Doogan by Mike Doogan
Fashion Means Your Fur Hat Is Dead by Mike Doogan
Father of the Iditarod by Lew Freedman
George Carmack by James Albert Johnson
Going to Extremes by Joe McGinniss
Haunted Alaska by Ron Wendt
Honest Dogs by Brian Patrick O'Donoghue
Iditarod Classics by Lew Freedman
Jon Van Zyle's Alaska Sketchbook by Jon Van Zyle
Moments Rightly Placed by Ray Hudson
Moonlight Madness by Samme Gallaher
More Iditarod Classics by Lew Freedman
Murder at Forty Below by Tom Brennan
North to Wolf Country by James W. Brooks
On the Edge of Nowhere by James Huntington
One Second to Glory by Lew Freedman
Our Alaska (hardbound edition)
Our Alaska (trade paperback edition)
Purely Alaska
Raising Ourselves (trade paperback) by Velma Wallis
Seven Words for Wind by Sumner MacLeish
Sisters by Samme Gallaher
Surviving Alaska by Mary Ames
Surviving the Island of Grace by Leslie Leyland Fields
The Fishes & Dishes Cookbook by Kiyo Marsh
The Spill by Sharon Bushell
Tundra Teacher by John Foley
What Real Alaskans Eat by J. Stephen Lay

New and Recent Releases

Epicenter publishes eight to ten new titles each year.

Titles published in 1999 and 2000:

49 at Last! by Claus-M. Naske
Alaska Cruise Handbook by Joe Upton
Alaska Travelers Sketchbook by Gloria Sampson
Boom Town Boy by Jack de Yonge
Character and Characters by Robert J. Serling
Cold Crime by Tom Brennan
Echoes of Fury by Frank Parchman
Fish Out of Water by Arlene Lochridge
Going to Extremes by Joe McGinniss
Iditarod Fact Book (2nd Edition)
Jon Van Zyle's Alaska Sketchbook by Jon Van Zyle
Jon Van Zyle's Iditarod Memories by Jona Van Zyle
Kay Fanning's Alaska Story by Kay Fanning
Kay Fanning's Alaska Story (trade paperback) by Kay Fanning
Moonlight Madness by Samme Gallaher
Purely Alaska
Reaching for a Star by Gerald E. Bowkett
Red Thunder by David Matheson
Sarah (paperback) by Kaylene Johnson
Saving for the Future by Dave Rose
Saving for the Future (trade paperback) by Dave Rose
SLED DOG WISDOM
Surviving Alaska by Mary Ames
Surviving the Island of Grace by Leslie Leyland Fields
The Fishes & Dishes Cookbook by Kiyo Marsh
The Spill by Sharon Bushell
Wild Critters by Tim Jones

Sled Dog Racing and the Iditarod

Sled dog racing is Alaska's official sport.

No wonder that two of most popular recent titles are Father of the Iditarod: The Joe Redington Story, by Lew Freedman, and Honest Dogs: A Story of Triumph & Regret from the World's Toughest Sled Dog Race, by Brian O'Donoghue.

Other exciting Titles:

Father of the Iditarod by Lew Freedman
Honest Dogs by Brian Patrick O'Donoghue
Iditarod Classics by Lew Freedman
Iditarod Dreams by Lew Freedman
Iditarod Fact Book (2nd Edition)
Jon Van Zyle's Iditarod Memories by Jona Van Zyle
More Iditarod Classics by Lew Freedman
On the Edge of Nowhere by James Huntington
One Second to Glory by Lew Freedman
SLED DOG WISDOM
Spirit of the Wind by Lew Freedman

Travel Guides/Historic Places/References

This is a special place for visitors who want more basic information about Alaska, whether you're an armchair traveler, someone planning to vacation in the state, or a would-be resident thinking of moving north for good. Check out these titles:

Alaska Cruise Handbook by Joe Upton
Alaska Travelers Sketchbook by Gloria Sampson
Anchorage by Elizabeth Tower
Associated Press Stylebook for Alaska
Fly Fishing Women Explore Alaska by Cecilia Kleinkauf
Iditarod Fact Book (2nd Edition)
Surviving Alaska by Mary Ames
What Real Alaskans Eat by J. Stephen Lay

Web Specials

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Bird Girl and the Man Who Followed the Sun by Velma Wallis
Flying Cold by Robert Merrill MacLean
Seven Words for Wind by Sumner MacLeish


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