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My 30 Years as an Alaska News Photographer
by Jim Lavrakas
Snap Decisions is an illustrated memoir of a raw but talented "street shooter" who chases ambulances in pursuit
of sorrow and grief before maturing into a veteran photojournalist at the Anchorage Daily News.
In his three decades Jim Lavrakas covered the mighty and the meek, traveling across Alaska
photographing an astonishing diversity of people, places, and lifestyles from the waning years
of the oil boom to the rise of Sarah Palin.
Other JOURNALISM books recommended
Kay Fanning's Alaska Story
When Sarah Palin Came to Town
Write Hard, Die Free
Four Decades of News Photography from the Pacific Northwest and Beyond
by Barry Sweet
A Seattle-based photo-journalist for the Associated Press for nearly 40 years, Barry Sweet shot 100,000
pictures during his career. They capture split seconds of human emotion inspired by momentous
events while offering a longer view of the unrelenting change overtaking the Pacific Northwest.
Split Seconds is an historic and nostalgic collection of 160 of the best of Sweet's photos,
with personal notes from the photographer.
The Great & Terrible 1964 Alaska Earthquake
by Lew Freedman
For more than five hellish minutes on March 27, 1964, residents of Alaska's southcentral
region held on for dear life as the ground rose and shifted as much as 14 feet in North America's most powerful
earthquake ever. It leveled waterfronts, collapsed bridges, crumbled landscapes, and wrecked lives. Alaskans who
survived the 9.2 earthquake share their stories of tragedy, heroism, and community.
Other HISTORY books recommended
Good Time Girls
North to Alaska
Sunken Klondike Gold
Two Gold Coins & a Prayer
THE TLINGIT INDIANS
by Aurel Krause, translated by Erna Gunther
Introduction by Dee Longenbaugh
This rare, fascinating study of the Tlingit people of Southeast Alaska was conducted prior to significant
cultural influence of Europeans. Aurel Krause and her brother documented their observations in 1881-82,
portraying many aspects of Tlingit life: geography, kinship system, villages and household life,
subsistence, arts and crafts, customs, mythology and shamanism, and language.
Other NATIVE AMERICAN books recommended
Cold River Spirits
On the Edge of Nowhere
Two Old Women
THE BRANDON ROY STORY
An NBA Role Model's Road to Stardom, Setbacks, and Comebacks
by Dan Raley
Seattle Post-Intelligencer sports writer Dan Raley follows basketball standout Brandon Roy from Seattle's
Garfield High School to the University of Washington and then to the NBA. Roy is a role model
who plays hard, respects the game, and is squeaky clean--no drugs, no alcohol, no trouble
with the law. Everybody's mother loves him.
Other SPORTS books recommended
Memoir of a 20th Century Master Mariner
J. Holger Christensen as told to Vaughn Sherman
A native of Nome, Alaska, Holger Christensen joined the exclusive fraternity of "master mariners"
- skilled seamen licensed to operate any vessel, anywhere in the world. Raised on Bainbridge
Island, Washington, Christensen sailed to distant lands as a mariner and ship captain in World
War II before returning home to challenge the unforgiving waters of the Gulf of Alaska.
Other MARITIME books recommended
A Fish Out of Water
Bering Sea Blues
Sunken Klondike Gold
by Carla Kelly
The year is 1780, and Marco Mondragón is a brand inspector in the royal Spanish colony of New Mexico.
A widower and rancher, Marco lives on the edge of the domain of the fierce
Comanche. Each autumn, his work takes him to Santa Fe. This year, he meets a
young beauty named Paloma Vega. Paloma is under the thumb of relatives who
might have stolen a brand belonging to Paloma's deceased parents.
If Marco has anything to do with it, Paloma's fortunes are about to change.
Set against the mountains and high plains of northeastern New Mexico during
the decline of Spanish power in the New World, The Double Cross is a story of
loss and love regained.
A Sage Adair Historical Mystery
by S.L. Stoner
A secret operative in America’s 1902 labor movement, leading a double life that balances precariously
on the knife-edge of discovery, finds his mission entangled with the fate of a young man accused of murder.
“We are taught that our middle class came from the heroic lives and deaths of ordinary workers.
Most authors ignore that historical fact. Stoner’s Sage Adair mystery gives us back our
history in a hard-to-put-down deeply satisfying and entertaining adventure.”
–Ross K. Rieder, President, Pacific NW Labor History Association
SKAGWAY: CITY OF THE NEW CENTURY
The True Story of Skagway, Alaska Including the White Pass, Dyea,
and the Chilkoot Trail, Historical Features & Photographs
Jeff Brady, Editor
Shgagwéi, as it was first called centuries ago by the Tlingit for the "bunched up water" in its bay
caused by strong winds, was "discovered" in 1887 by a father and son with visions of a gateway port
to the riches of the Yukon and Alaska. Ten years later, after the discovery of gold in the Klondike,
their vision came true with the arrival of prospectors from all over the world. Skaguay and nearby
Dyea were rival towns, booming from the rush for gold. Each had multiple newspapers which chronicled
the stampede and the competition between the White and Chilkoot passes, but Skagway won the war with
the construction of the White Pass & Yukon Route railway and settled on a way to spell its name.
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MIDNIGHT SUN ARCTIC MOON
Mapping the Wild Heart of Alaska
A young upstate New York woman begins an adventure of a life-time as she moves away from her
safe and conventional path, becoming a geological explorer in Alaska, where she maps remote
wilderness areas and journeys to the depths of her own heart. This memoir is full of rich
and eccentric characters.
Other MEMOIRS recommended
Arctic Bush Pilot
Going to Extremes
Moments Rightly Placed
Surviving the Island of Grace
Tales of Alaska's Bush Rat Governor
OUTHOUSES OF ALASKA
Combining quirky stories, eccentric characters, and more than 100 color photos,
Harry Walker takes you on a journey in search of the quintessential Alaska
hothouse. This is a newly released paperback edition of a long-time Alaska bestseller.
Other TRAVEL books recommended
Alaska Travelers Sketchbook
Fly Fishing Women
Mommy, Are We French Yet
ALASKA CRUISE HANDBOOK
A Mile-by-Mile Guide
For 20 years a commercial fisherman and journalist on the Northwest coast,
Joe Upton assembles in this lavish guide many stories, more than 300 photos,
and numerous maps--all the information a traveler needs for a fun and
exciting Alaska cruise. Sections include information about the people,
shore excursions, and wildlife viewing.
Companion pull-out map and DVD
RAVEN HOUSE MOUSE
An enchanting adventure story for young readers about how a mouse came to live in a Tlingit
(Indian) clan house in Haines, Alaska and became part of the culture.
Readers will learn about the rich Tlingit history, culture, and language.
Other CHILDREN'S books recommended
THE FISHES & DISHES COOKBOOK
Seafood Recipes and Salty Stories
from Alaska's Commercial Fisherwomen
Kiyo Marsh, Tomi Marsh, Laura Cooper
These women challenged one of the last frontiers of male domination--the commercial fishing grounds.
They share 80 mouth-watering recipes and many funny and harrowing stories. Tempting dishes such
as Seafood and Sausage Gumbo and deviled eggs with smoked Salmon are practical and unpretentious.
Other COOKBOOKS recommended
Salmon Patties & Rosehip Pie Cookbook
What Real Alaskans Eat
TWO OLD WOMEN
An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and Survival
Told and retold for generations up and down the Yukon River, this is a tragic and shocking
story--with a surprise ending--of two elderly women abandoned by a migrating tribe that
faces starvation brought on by unusually harsh Arctic weather and a shortage of fish and game.
A Gwich'in Coming of Age Story from the Yukon River
This is a sobering, yet irresistible memoir filled with laughter about a generation of Gwich'in people
struggling to understand themselves. Despite grief from the past and doubt about the present, hope
for the future prevails and a new strength and wisdom emerge.
Bird Girl & the Man Who Followed the Sun
The blazing marquee of the plush Astor Theater in New York City billed the 1933 premier of
Eskimo as "THE BIGGEST PICTURE EVER MADE," propelling a 27-year-old Inupiat Eskimo from
Candle, Alaska, to overnight stardom. The handsome actor was not only the first Alaskan
to become a Hollywood movie star but also the first non-white actor to play in a leading role.
GOOD TIME GIRLS OF THE ALASKA-YUKON GOLD RUSH
A Secret History of the Far North
In the boomtowns of the Alaska-Yukon stampedes, where gold dust was common currency,
the rarest commodity was an attractive woman, and her company could be costly.
Author Lael Morgan takes you into the heart of the gold rush demimonde,
that world of prostitutes, dance-hall girls, and entertainers who lived on the
outskirts of polite society.
Cold Crime: How Police Detectives Solved Alaska's Most Shocking Cases|
Murder at 40 Below: True Crime Stories from Alaska
Haunted Alaska: Ghost Stories from the Far
Moonlight Madness: Tall Tales from Alaska's Copper River Valley
Strange Stories of Alaska & the Yukon
Associated Press Stylebook for Alaska
Strategic Marketing Tools for Visual Artists
Stepping Up: A Companion and Guide for Family Caregivers
Walking the Board Walk: Secrets of an Enjoyable Nonprofit Board Experience
Purely Alaska: Authentic Voices from the Far North
The Spill: Personal Stories from the Exxon Valdez
Torn: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood