Spotlight on Alaska Books

Spotlight on Alaska Books | It Happened Like This: A Life in Alaska by Adrienne Lindholm

I crested the last green rise and was level with the turquoise lake and the slim twist of water flowing out of it. Here the creek is so narrow that I jumped over it. I turned my gaze toward the cirque in front of me, rimmed by cliffs on three sides. Dall sheep traversed vertical …

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Spotlight on Alaska Books | Riding Through the Heart of Patagonia by Nancy Pfeiffer

Three abreast, rows of well-groomed horses extended over hills and around bends farther than I could see. Riders carried banners from their home regions: Rio Nef, Rio Del Salto, Puerto Bertrand, Villa Castillo. We moved not as band of trail-weary, beaten-down campesinos with hundreds of kilometers behind us. Instead, we marched with flags flying as …

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Spotlight on Alaska Books | The Great Unconformity by Kate Troll

I live in one of the best places, bar none, to appreciate the wild natural environment. I also live in one of the most politically difficult places to work on its behalf: Alaska. I arrived in Alaska thirty-nine years ago with a Master’s degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. From my …

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Spotlight on Alaska Books | Court of Twilight by Mareth Griffith

The cold was back with a vengeance; she almost expected to see her breath hanging in the air like a frosted cloud. Very carefully, Ivy looked around the room, peering into the corners and shadows. She only saw her various twinned shadows twitching as she turned her head, tiny whirlpools of dust spinning at her …

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Spotlight on Alaska Books | Life with Forty Dogs, by Joseph Robertia

My daughter seemed to see everything in her world through a lens of dog culture, much of it learned from her daily and personal interactions with Metoo. Cole’s hair flows to past her knees, and when she French braided it, Lynx would say “Mommy has her tail on.” When I used the chainsaw, she would …

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Spotlight on Alaska Books | Mud Flats and Fish Camps by Erin McKittrick

I’d spent years watching the sun set on a skyline of volcanoes, orange light streaking across Cook Inlet and into the windows of my home, twenty-six miles up the coast in the village of Seldovia. So why not walk there? Why not walk even farther? Why not begin at the tip of the Kenai Peninsula …

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Spotlight on Alaska Books | Homestead Girl: The View From Here by Chantelle Pence

I stood with my family on the land that they homesteaded. Our land. I was about fourteen and I felt proud as my dad began to talk about the property and how he had developed it. My feelings and views began to broaden over the next few minutes, years, and decades, as I began to …

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Spotlight on Alaska Books | Ice Bear by Michael Engelhard

Ice Bear: The Cultural History of an Arctic Icon, by Michael Engelhard I, who normally shun crowds, had shown up at a Fairbanks political rally with a crude homemade sign: Polar Bears want babies, too. Stop our addiction to oil! I was protesting recurring attempts to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the area with …

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Spotlight on Alaska Books | Lizbeth Meredith: Pieces of Me

Prologue: AFTERMATH 2016 Sometimes I’m asked if I feel lucky. Usually, it’s after I’ve given a presentation about domestic violence or the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, and in the context of “Aren’t you glad all the bad stuff happened when your kids were little?” As though prebirth and early childhood experiences are any less impactful. The truth is, I do feel …

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