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The hero here is Barry Goldwater, and in him, author Barry Allen Drake presents what might be a model for drawing conservatives back into the environmental movement, which they originally started. It’s a hard sell, but as Alaska’s recent election highlights, the market for preservation is there among conservatives.David A. James
It’s time we all take a time out and stop watching the Alaska sky for signs of snow. After all, a watched pot doesn’t boil, therefore a watched forecast doesn’t produce. Look down, instead, at the pages of a good read. Here's some suggestions. Alli Harvey
“Animal Stories” isn’t meant to be a guidebook to Alaska wildlife, but it might very well be used as one. Throughout, author Bill Sherwonit's observations are acute and philosophical.Nancy Lord
He moved massively, like a monstrous raised turtle, slinging his forepaws in looping, pigeon-toed strides. His sloping hindquarters shuffled along behind as if they had difficulty keeping up with the rest of him. His shoulders bulged with crawling movements, and he swung his grizzled head from side to side.Sam Keith
Anchorage-based photographer John Schwieder came to his art at a later age than most, but he’s made up for lost time with two volumes of remarkable photography that capture landscapes and wildlife from across the full breadth of the state.  David A. James
More than 70 senior dogs are highlighted in David Jensen's second full-color coffee table book.Kathleen Macknicki
There’s a bumper crop of new children’s books with Alaska themes that are worthy of consideration by holiday shoppers. David A. James
Let's hope that no readers of “Hold the Dark” leave Giraldi’s parable of nature gone wild thinking that Alaskans are inbred, superstitious, booger-eating, merciless murderers. There’s little to like or relate to in the beings that populate this book.      Nancy Lord


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