04 April 2016

5 Books Set in Alaska

Last week I included the novel The Alaskan Laundry in the list of books I want to read in April. That reminded me of other titles on my list that are also set in our most northern state. Here are five books that were (will be) published in 2016 that show us a variety of perspectives of life in Alaska.

Adult Picks

5 Books Set in Alaska• All the Winters After by SerĂ© Prince Halverson: Two strangers--a woman hiding from her husband and a man still mourning his childhood losses--find themselves occupying the same remote cabin. The story takes place over the course of a year, with the Alaskan setting playing as much of a role as the characters. Despite their deep burdens, will the pair be able to find redemption, healing, and hope? (Sourcebooks Landmark) • Queen of the Heartbreak Trail: The Life and Times of Harriet Smith Pullen, Pioneering Woman by Eleanor Phillips Brackbill: The true story of a woman who traveled west in a covered wagon, survived the hardships of pioneering, and seemingly settled down in Washington after marrying and having four children. Determined to live life on her own terms, however, Pullen left her family in the late 1800s to head north to Alaska, where she relied on her entrepreneurial spirit to gain fame and fortune and a little bit of infamy too. (Two Dots)

For a Younger Audience

5 Books Set in Alaska• The Skeleton Tree by Iain Lawrence: Two boys are the only survivors after a sailboat sinks off the coast of Alaska. Alone and lacking supplies, food, and radio, they must overcome not only an unforgiving land and dangerous wildlife but their mutual dislike and disagreements. Action-packed and affecting. (Delacorte Books for Young Readers) • The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock: Four teens face hard choices when balancing their limited opportunities in Alaska against their dreams for the future. A coming-of-age story set in 1970s that reveals the less romantic side of growing up in an Alaskan city. (Wendy Lamb Books) • Sweet Home Alaska by Carole Estby Dagg: Based on true events, this novel follows a family that accepts President Roosevelt's challenge to homestead Alaska and find a new start during the Great Depression. Young Trip is inspired by Laura Ingalls Wilder, but her mother will need more encouragement to feel settled into their own little house in the northern wilderness. (Nancy Paulsen Books)


Tina's Blog 4/4/16, 6:31 AM  

Add to the list, If You Lived Here I'd Know Your Name by Heather Lende, which I thoroughly enjoyed, about small town life in Alaska.

Mae Travels 4/4/16, 7:19 AM  

Intriguing suggestions. Exploring Alaska literature sounds like a good idea.

Dana Stabenow's mystery series about Alaska detective Kate Shugak are wonderful -- I read a few while on a wildlife cruise there a few years ago. Under the search term "mystery Alaska" in amazon books, I found an amazing list that looked really good.

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Katherine P 4/4/16, 8:45 AM  

These all sound really good! I'm paying more attention to where my books are set this year and am trying to read books set in as many places as I can. I don't think I have an Alaska book yet but you've given me lots to choose from!

bermudaonion 4/4/16, 8:57 AM  

The books for the "younger audience" appeal to me the most. lol Great list!

Daryl 4/4/16, 9:54 AM  

i think i have a young reader who will love those .. thanks!

rhapsodyinbooks 4/4/16, 10:35 AM  

I really loved All the Winters After.

Nise' 4/4/16, 10:59 AM  

I am listening to The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton. It takes place in Alaska too.

Kailana 4/4/16, 8:57 PM  

I have always wanted to go on an Alaska cruise... Maybe I will read more books set there instead!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz 4/6/16, 7:00 AM  

I'm very interested in Sweet Home Alaska. Thanks for sharing it!

(Diane) bookchickdi 4/13/16, 10:13 AM  

I liked Heather Lende's book too.

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