Alaska Sampler 2015

Running Fox Books
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 What readers are saying about the Alaska Sampler:

“One of the best trips I ever took was to Alaska. This book is a chance to visit again, with a variety of fascinating viewpoints, and without even packing a suitcase! Led to it by one favorite author, walking away with several new favorites.”

“Laughter and tears brought to you by my most beloved state. Thanks to the multitalented for sharing. A real treat.”

“Loved this sampler. Left me wanting to read more.”

“Seeing Alaska from several different viewpoints, and each written in a different style, this is a delightful read.”

The Alaska Sampler returns with a fresh collection of Alaska-inspired fiction, memoir, and biography from a big place with big tales to tell. Among the dozen featured authors, you’ll discover old friends and new favorites, including Heather Lende (If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name), C.B. Bernard (Chasing Alaska), Deb Vanasse (Cold Spell), Rich Chiappone (Opening Days), Gerri Brightwell (Cold Country), and David Marusek (Counting Heads).

 

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 At age twenty-one, Deb Vanasse was dropped by a bush pilot on a gravel runway in middle of the Alaska wilderness. No roads, no houses, no cars, no people—only a winding brown slough and tundra spread flat as the prairie. She had come not for adventure but to live, an isolating but enriching experience that inspires her work. Between her mountain home and a glacier-based cabin, she continues to enjoy Alaska’s wild places. Deemed by Library Journal to be “one of Alaska’s leading storytellers,” Deb is the author of sixteen books.

 

Author David Marusek writes science fiction full time in his low-maintenance cabin near Fairbanks, Alaska. According to Publisher's Weekly, “Marusek's writing is ferociously smart, simultaneously horrific and funny, as he forces readers to stretch their imaginations and sympathies." His work has appeared in Playboy, Nature, MIT Technology Review, Asimov’s, and other periodicals and anthologies and has been translated into ten languages. His two published novels and clutch of short stories have won the Theodore Sturgeon and Endeavour awards and earned numerous nominations. He is currently at work on a novel about love, faith, and space alien invasion in the Alaskan bush.

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Publisher
Running Fox Books
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Published on
Mar 28, 2015
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Pages
82
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ISBN
9781940320168
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Anthologies (multiple authors)
Travel / Polar Regions
Travel / Special Interest / Adventure
Travel / United States / West / Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA)
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When McCandless's innocent mistakes turn out to be irreversible and fatal, he becomes the stuff of tabloid headlines and is dismissed for his naiveté, pretensions, and hubris.  He is said  to have had a death wish but wanting to die is a very different thing from being compelled to look over the edge. Krakauer brings McCandless's uncompromising pilgrimage out of the shadows, and the peril, adversity , and renunciation sought by this enigmatic young man are illuminated with a rare understanding--and not an ounce of sentimentality. Mesmerizing, heartbreaking, Into the Wild is a tour de force. The power and luminosity of Jon Krakauer's stoytelling blaze through every page.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Renowned environmentalist and author of Desert Solitaire Edward Abbey has called Arctic Dreams “a splendid book . . . by a man who is both a first-rate writer and an uncompromising defender of the wild country and its native inhabitants”—and the New Yorker hails it as a “landmark” work of travel writing. A vivid, thoughtful, and atmospheric read, it has earned multiple prizes, including the National Book Award, the Christopher Medal, the Oregon Book Award, and a nomination for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
 
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Barry Lopez including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.
 
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