Alaska… in books

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As part of Read Yourself Happy’s America…In Books feature, here are some of the best books set in Alaska.


The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker

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This new adult romance novel takes place in a very rural town in Alaska, and a hate-to-love romance between a pilot and a city girl. I loved this book, even as a reader who doesn’t normally read a lot of romance. Here’s my full review of this novel!


Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and Survival by Velma Wallis

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Velma Wallis’ historical fiction novel is based on an Athabascan Indian legend in Alaska. It tells the story of two women abandoned by their tribe during a famine.


Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

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I’ll be honest with this one – I didn’t love this book and rated it two stars. However, I’m including it on the list because it is a generally well-liked book, and it shows how brutal the wilds of Alaska can be. Especially if you’re an ill-prepared rich college kid.


The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

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The Great Alone is another historical fiction novel, taking place in 1974. A man comes home from Vietnam a changed man and moves his family to Alaska.


Travels in Alaska by John Muir

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If you don’t know who John Muir is, he was an early conservationist and writer. This non-fiction book is a memoir of his time spent in Alaska.


Flight of the Goose: A Story of the Far North by Lesley Thomas

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This is a book that I hadn’t heard of prior to doing research for this list, but it sounds fascinating. According to the Goodreads/publisher synopsis, it’s a “novel about an indigenous woman shaman, a draft-dodging bird scientist, and a young Inupiaq hunter caught between traditions.”


Alaska by James A. Michener

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I bet you can’t tell what this book is about. Alaska is a historical fiction set during frontier times and is about a group of people struggling to survive.


Braving It: A Father, a Daughter, and an Unforgettable Journey into the Alaskan Wild by James Campbell

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Braving It is a memoir about a father and daughter trekking through the Alaskan wilds.


Coming into the Country by John McPhee

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This non-fiction book is all about Alaska, from the rural areas to the cities. It’s a travel memoir, so if you want a truly realistic look at Alaska, check this one out.


What are your favorite books set in Alaska? Let me know in the comments!




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