The Greatest "Nonfiction, Alaska" Books of All Time

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  1. 1. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

    This striking narrative non-fiction tells the real-life story of a young man who turns his back on society to live in the Alaskan wilderness. Despite a privileged background and a promising future, he donates his savings to charity, abandons his car and most of his possessions, and embarks on a journey into the wild. His solitary existence in the wild, his struggles for survival, and his untimely death provide a profound exploration of the allure of wilderness and the human yearning for solitude and self-discovery.

    The 1840th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Two In The Far North by Margaret E. Murie

    This book is a captivating memoir that chronicles the life and adventures of a pioneering conservationist in the Alaskan wilderness. It weaves together personal narratives of love, loss, and discovery with the breathtaking backdrop of the Arctic landscape. The author shares her experiences from her youth, her marriage to a fellow naturalist, and their shared expeditions into the remote regions of Alaska. Their work in wildlife biology and tireless efforts in environmental conservation played a crucial role in the establishment of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The memoir is not only a tribute to the untamed beauty of the North but also a testament to the enduring spirit of those who dedicate their lives to preserving it.

    The 3481st Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. The Roots Of Ticasuk by Ticasuk Brown

    "The Roots of Ticasuk" is an autobiographical work that delves into the rich cultural heritage and personal history of an Alaskan Native educator. The book provides an intimate look at the author's upbringing, traditions, and the wisdom of her people, offering insights into the indigenous ways of knowing and living in harmony with the land. Through her narrative, the author shares her experiences growing up in a remote community, her educational journey, and her dedication to preserving and teaching her native language and culture, highlighting the importance of identity and the resilience of her community in the face of change and modernization.

    The 4376th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Road Song by Natalie Kusz

    "Road Song" is a poignant memoir that recounts the author's harrowing childhood after her family moves to Alaska in pursuit of a simpler life. The narrative delves into the struggles they face, including a tragic accident that leaves the author disfigured and the family's ongoing battle with poverty, isolation, and the harsh Alaskan wilderness. Through vivid storytelling, the memoir explores themes of resilience, family bonds, and the pursuit of the American dream, all while painting a stark portrait of the challenges and beauty found in the untamed northern frontier.

    The 4878th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. Tisha by Robert Specht

    "Tisha" is a biographical novel based on the true story of a young woman who moves to the Alaskan wilderness in the 1920s to become a teacher. The protagonist faces numerous challenges including harsh weather, isolation, and cultural differences, but remains steadfast in her commitment to educate the children in her care. The story also explores her fight against racial prejudice in the community, as well as her love affair with a half-Native man.

    The 5096th Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. Coming into the Country by John McPhee

    This book provides an in-depth exploration of Alaska, its wilderness, and the people who inhabit it. The narrative is divided into three parts, detailing the urban, rural, and wilderness areas of the state. It offers a comprehensive look at the unique challenges and lifestyle of Alaskans, the state's history, and its potential future. The author's vivid descriptions and personal interviews provide an intimate and realistic portrayal of life in one of the most remote areas of the United States.

    The 6398th Greatest Book of All Time
  7. 7. Once Upon An Eskimo Time by Edna Wilder

    This book is a heartfelt collection of stories and memories that offer a window into the traditional lifestyle of the Inupiat Eskimos of Alaska. The narrative, rich with cultural heritage, is a personal account from the author's own experiences growing up in a remote village. It captures the essence of a community bound by survival, tradition, and the rhythms of the Arctic environment. Through tales of hunting, fishing, and sharing, the book paints a vivid picture of the values and practices that have sustained the Inupiat people for generations, while also touching on the challenges and changes brought by contact with the outside world.

    The 7028th Greatest Book of All Time
  8. 8. The Mountain of My Fear by David Roberts

    "The Mountain of My Fear" is a gripping account of a mountaineering expedition that turns tragic. The narrative follows a group of four friends who set out to conquer an unclimbed peak in Alaska. Their journey is filled with treacherous challenges and personal growth. However, the adventure takes a dark turn when one of them falls to his death. The story is not just about the physical climb, but also about the psychological and emotional journey, exploring themes of fear, guilt, and the complex dynamics of friendship.

    The 8629th Greatest Book of All Time
  9. 9. A Wilderness Narrative by David Roberts

    "A Wilderness Narrative" is an engaging account of a man's journey through the American wilderness. The author vividly describes his experiences and observations as he treks through various landscapes, including mountains, forests, and deserts. The book serves as a reflection on the relationship between humans and nature, exploring themes of solitude, survival, and the sublime beauty and harsh realities of the natural world. It's a compelling exploration of the American wilderness and the profound impact it can have on the human spirit.

    The 8629th Greatest Book of All Time
  10. 10. Minus 148 by Art Davidson

    "Minus 148" is a gripping account of a mountaineering team's harrowing winter ascent of Mount McKinley in Alaska. The team faces a brutal storm that traps them near the summit, forcing them to endure temperatures of -148 degrees Fahrenheit. Despite the dire conditions and tragic loss of life, the survivors demonstrate an incredible will to live, leading to one of the most remarkable rescues in mountaineering history. The book serves as a testament to the human spirit's resilience and the power of teamwork in the face of adversity.

    The 8723rd Greatest Book of All Time
  11. 11. Alaska Wilderness by Robert Marshall

    "Alaska Wilderness" is an exploration and celebration of one of the last unspoiled regions on Earth - the Alaskan wilderness. The author, through his personal experiences and observations, provides an engaging account of the breathtaking landscapes, diverse wildlife, and the unique lifestyle of the people who live in this harsh yet beautiful environment. The book is a call to action to protect and preserve these natural wonders for future generations.

    The 8734th Greatest Book of All Time
  12. 12. Welcome To The Goddamn Ice Cube by Blair Braverman

    The memoir chronicles the adventures and personal journey of a young woman who finds resilience and a sense of identity in the harsh and unforgiving landscapes of the Arctic. Through her experiences dogsledding in Norway and living in an Alaskan glacier town, she confronts the challenges of extreme cold and isolation while also grappling with her own past traumas. Her narrative weaves together tales of survival, the complexities of small-town dynamics, and the enduring allure of icy wildernesses, ultimately offering a meditation on the power of nature to both heal and test our limits.

    The 9676th Greatest Book of All Time

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