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Best Books Set in Alaska

Every state is known for something. As you work your way through the list, don't miss the best books set in Alaska. While you're at it, check out the best movies set in Alaska, too.

Alaska is a state located in the Western United States on the northwest extremity of North America. A semi-exclave of the U.S., it borders the Canadian province of British Columbia and the Yukon territory.

Alaska is by far the largest U.S. state by area, comprising more total area than the next three largest states (Texas, California, and Montana) combined. It represents the seventh largest subnational division in the world. 

Best Books Set in Alaska

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The Great Alone: A Novel
  • Hannah, Kristin (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

The Great Alone 

Author: Kristin Hannah

In the Great Alone, a desperate family seeks a new beginning in the near-isolated wilderness of Alaska only to find that their unpredictable environment is less threatening than the erratic behavior found in human nature.

Two Old Women

Author: Velma Wallis

Based on an Athabascan Indian legend passed along for many generations from mothers to daughters of the upper Yukon River Valley in Alaska, this is the suspenseful, shocking, ultimately inspirational tale of two old women abandoned by their tribe during a brutal winter famine.

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As his characters struggle for survival, Michener weaves together the exciting high points of Alaska’s story: its brutal origins; the American acquisition; the gold rush; the tremendous growth and exploitation of the salmon industry; the arduous construction of the Alcan Highway, undertaken to defend the territory during World War II

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Alaska: A Novel
  • Michener, James A. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Alaska

Author: James A. Michener

In this sweeping epic of the northernmost American frontier, James A. Michener guides us through Alaska’s fierce terrain and history, from the long-forgotten past to the bustling present.

As his characters struggle for survival, Michener weaves together the exciting high points of Alaska’s story: its brutal origins; the American acquisition; the gold rush; the tremendous growth and exploitation of the salmon industry; the arduous construction of the Alcan Highway, undertaken to defend the territory during World War II. 

The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and Other Stories  

Author: Jack London

The Call of the Wild, London’s elemental masterpiece about a dog learning to survive in the wilderness, sees pampered pet Buck snatched from his home and set to work as a sled dog during the Klondike Gold Rush. 

White Fang, set in the frozen tundra and boreal forests of Canada’s Yukon territory, is the story of a wolf-dog hybrid struggling to survive in a human society every bit as brutal as the natural world.

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To continue learning, check out The Call of the Wild Novel Journal.

 

Now that you've completed the list of best books set in this state, why not check out some others? Here are the Best Books Set in All 50 States.

To continue learning, check out the Alaska State History Project.

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