Alaska Stories

I’m reading Jack London’s The Call of the Wild. It has been on my list of “books I want to read” for quite a while. 

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Why read it now? I was hoping that reading about Alaska would make the Texas heat a little more bearable.

I’ll let you know if this strategy works. 

Two years ago we took an Alaskan cruise. The ship stopped for a day in Juneau, and I spent some time at Rainy Retreat Books.

Here are three of my favorite books about Alaska that I bought in Juneau:  

To the Bright Edge of the World, by Eowyn Ivey.  This book is the chunky chocolate chip dough of historical fiction. It includes interwoven tales of path-making in the great Alaskan wilderness, early days of nature photography, and magic realism.

The Smell of Other People’s Houses, by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock. This book had me at the title.  It is a young adult novel with themes of rural native culture.  

The Great Alone, Kristin Hannah. Gah! Such a good story. You may know Hanna from her other bestseller, The Nightingale. The Great Alone has similar themes of family, power, danger, and love in a remote Alaska setting where Hanna has spent much of her life.  

One comment

  1. I’ve requested “The Smell of Other People’s Houses” from the library. “To The Bright Edge of the World” is wonderful. And I’m currently reading “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah which you also recommended. Thanks for the great books.


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