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James Patterson has written more New York Times best-sellers than anyone else. He reportedly earned $90 million last year. And now he's shared some of those earnings -- and his passion for books and independent bookstores -- with Palmer's own Fireside Books.  Zaz Hollander
While viewing Rockwell Kent’s paintings at the exhibit, award-winning author Claudia McGehee heard a teacher ask a student, “What do you think the two Kents did on bad weather days?” The student's answer got Claudia thinking.Doug Capra
An absence of context is a large part of why this book comes up short. For those who have read other works about the era of Franz Boas, this book will add an interesting chapter. But for readers lacking such background the events described here will occur in a vacuum. David A. James
Reading the North takes a look at "The Yukon Quest Trail: 1,000 Miles Across Northern Alaska and the Yukon Territory" and "Golden Days: A Gold Rush Novel."Kathleen Macknicki
One of the most-successful portions of Dashiell Hammett's life took place in the wet, windy, all-but-written-off Aleutian Islands, a place that Hammett, in contrast to the many thousands of troops who served there in WWII, actually loved. For them, he and his staff produced a lively newspaper.  Peter Porco
Spotlighting James Abel's "White Plague" and Charles Caldwell Hawley's "A Kennecott Story: Three Mines, Four Men and One Hundred Years, 1897-1997."Kathleen Macknicki
This carefully researched and beautifully written novel features John Easley, a journalist who poses as a military officer on a bombing run over Attu Island and ends up being shot down. He and one airman, the only survivors, spend weeks trying to stay alive in the hostile climate while hiding from the Japanese invaders. Nancy Lord
About all that can truly be said of what was going on with McCandless at the bus is that nobody knows. Krakauer almost admitted as much in "Into the Wild'' when he wrote his "sense of Chris McCandless' intentions comes, too, from a more personal perspective.'' Craig Medred
A highly informative book examines how Alaska Natives fought for their rights, and the ways in which those efforts impacted the eventual statehood bill that admitted Alaska to the union, giving readers an appreciation for how the groundwork was laid for the landmark 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.David A. James
To improve as a writer, write and write some more, Pedersen vowed.Ann Dixon