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.
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.