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Hampton Sides blends human drama with suspense and engrossing play-by-play descriptions to tell the tragic and triumphant story of the USS Jeannette.

Randy Dotinga
Portraits of mountain goats, beluga whales and a woman who heads north to Alaska are among the adventures awaiting readers in these Alaska-centric books.Kathleen Macknicki
The book becomes a much-needed elucidation of how difficult achieving a murder conviction can be. It puts a human face on the investigators who strive to build an airtight case before making an arrest.David A. James
Author Kim Heacox shines a new light on the northern travels of well-regarded naturalist John Muir, who made the first of his Alaska visits in 1879.Colleen Mondor
I think the best lives, like George Edwards' and Richard Dauenhauer's, are both dreamed up and really true, don't you?Heather Lende
High tech art, aviators of yesteryear and a champagne book launch in Anchorage. Mike Dunham
Dauenhauer, who came to Alaska  in the late 1960s, made important contributions to the preservation of Tlingit lore and language. He also was a respected poet and former Alaska poet laureate.Mike Dunham
Thomas Pynchon, one of the towering figures of American literature, debuted with a long novel, but followed it up with a short one wherein he sharpened the skills needed for later masterpieces. Philip Chavanne should consider something similar with his next outing.David A. James
'Cold Spell' lyrically blends two stories -- a mother trying to start over and a daughter whose longings threaten to undo them. Cinthia Ritchie
Rachel Weaver's debut novel, "Point of Direction," makes effective use of the harsh seascape in Southeast Alaska.Nancy Lord

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