The Grizzly Maze: Timothy Treadwell’s Fatal Obsession with Alaskan Bears by Nick Jans: About Treadwell interacting with Alaskan brown bears; also about the author’s bear experiences and bears and bear behavior in general. Includes how to avoid bear attacks.
Looking for Alaska by Peter Jenkins: If this doesn’t make you want to see Alaska, nothing will. Wonderful tales about amazing people and places from all across the state.
If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name: News from Small-Town Alaska by Heather Lende: Ever dreamed of getting away from it all and living in a small town somewhere? This warm, detailed description might make you pick Haines, Alaska.
Coming into the Country by John McPhee: How and why people choose to live in Alaska. Timeless in its insights.
One Man’s Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey by Richard Proenneke: Taken from journals written in 1973, this is a timeless story of creating one’s own self-sufficient homestead in the wilderness. Proenneke is a good writer, an amazing craftsman, and a survivor.
Coming Back Alive: The True Story of the Most Harrowing Search and Rescue Mission Ever Attempted on Alaska’s High Seas by Spike Walker: A competently told tale of Coast Guard bravery rescuing fishermen in trouble in Alaska. If you liked A Perfect Storm, you’ll probably like this.
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer: In April 1992, Chris McCandless hitchhiked from Montana to Alaska and walked into the wild to begin his adventure, carrying little more than a rifle, 10 pounds of rice and a collection of books by Tolstoy and Thoreau. Four months later, his emaciated corpse was found at his campsite by a moose hunter. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.
The Wild Truth by Carine McCandless: The story of Chris McCandless, who gave away his savings, hitchhiked to Alaska, walked into the wilderness alone, and starved to death in 1992, fascinated not just Jon Krakauer, but also the rest of the nation. Krakauer’s book, Into the Wild, became an international bestseller and Sean Penn’s film by the same name further skyrocketed Chris McCandless to global fame. But the real story of Chris’s life and his journey has not yet been told–until now. The missing pieces are finally revealed in this book, written by Carine McCandless, Chris’s beloved and trusted sister.
Denali’s Howl: The Deadliest Climbing Disaster on America’s Wildest Peak by Andy Hall: The white-knuckle account of one of the most deadly climbing disasters of all time. In 1967, twelve young men attempted to climb Alaska’s Mount McKinley-known to the locals as Denali-one of the most popular and deadly mountaineering destinations in the world. Only five survived. Journalist Andy Hall, son of the park superintendent at the time, investigates the tragedy.
Still Points North: One Alaskan Childhood, One Grown-up World, One Long Journey Home by Leigh Newman: An account of the author’s life on the Alaskan tundra describes the skills she acquired, her childhood transitions between the homes of her bitterly divorced parents, and her difficulties in making human connections as an adult.