Monday, January 5, 2009
Alaska turned fifty on Saturday. In Anchorage we celebrated in style, including the lighting of a cauldron that recalled the Tlingit-Haida myth of how Raven brought light to the world. We also enjoyed the best fireworks display ever in Alaska - in fact, the best I've experienced anywhere.
All of which inspired me to gather the great books of the North that I hope to read in 2009. Most, but not all, are Alaskan, and most, but not all, are by Alaskan authors. I put together a Shelfari sidebar so you can click on titles and read full descriptions, but here's the short list, in no particular order:
--Away by Amy Bloom
--Two in the Far North by Margaret Murie
--The Island Within by Richard Nelson
--Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez
--A Land Gone Lonesome by Dan O'Neill
--Icefields by Thomas Wharton
--Forever on the Mountain by Jason Tabor
--Alaska: An American Colony by Stephen Haycox
--Passage to Juneau by Jonathan Raban
--Flight of the Goose by Lesley Thomas
Watch for Andromeda to add to the shelf, or to add her own shelf. In the meantime, which books of the North made your "to read" list for 2009?
We have an ulterior motive for asking - we're looking for our next book club selection. If you're at all interested in reading along, take a couple of seconds for the Book Club Poll, also in the sidebar at right.
Posted by Deb Vanasse at 6:54 AM