Books and DVD's
Books, calendars and DVD's about the great state of Alaska.
Southeast Alaska is rich with Native cultures and their stories. "A Cycle of Myths" draws from the Tlingit, Haida, Eyak, and Tsimshian Indian mythologies to weave a rich tapestry of those cultures. Delve into these myths, taken from oral narratives that existed long before the white man ever set foot in Alaska. Written by John E. Smelcer. Learn More
Kate Shugak, a private investigator, has been working on a case for the Anchorage District Attorney involving the murder of a young woman by her husband, a man named Louis Deem. Deem has been the subject of investigations before, and he’s never been convicted of a crime. But Kate and her on-again, off-again lover, state trooper Jim Chopin, who arrested Deem, are convinced that this time it’s different—and he’ll finally be punished for his actions.
When the jury returns a verdict of not guilty, Kate, Jim, and citizens of Niniltna, Alaska, believe Deem has gotten away with murder. And when, a few weeks later, two people turn up dead after an apparent robbery, Kate and Jim can’t help but believe that Deem is involved…but what it takes to bring Deem to justice could tear them apart—if the real killer doesn’t get to them first. Learn More
Change never comes easy so when the news breaks that the new administration oil might be drilling for oil soon in a wildlife preserve in southeastern Alaska, home to P.I. Kate Shugak, battle lines are quickly drawn across the community. But for Kate, who hasn't been able to get back into her daily life ever since her lover's violent death a few months ago, it's a welcome reprieve from doing nothing.
Tensions run high when Kate's friend and chief park ranger, Dan O'Brien, is deemed "too green" for them by management and asked to take early retirement. Kate rallies the troops to fight for his job, but before she can really start throwing her weight around, a longtime resident is found brutally murdered. Alaska State Trooper Jim Chopin enlists Kate in the investigation, and it isn't long before she discovers that when it comes to the beauty and danger of living and dying in Alaska, nothing is as simple as it seems
Everyone knew Len Dreyer, a handyman for hire in the Park near Niniltna, Alaska, but no one knew anything else about him. Even Kate Shugak, who was planning to ask him to help build a small second cabin on her property, knew him. But she, the Park's unofficial P.I., seems to have known less about him than anyone.
When Len Dreyer's body is discovered, frozen solid, in the path of a receding glacier with a hole from a shotgun blast in his chest, no one even noticed that he was missing for months. Alaska State Trooper Jim Chopin asks Kate to help him dig into Dreyer's background, in the hope of finding some motive for his murder. She takes the case, mindful of the need for gainful employment as she copes with her responsibility for Johnny, the teenage boy in her care and a constant reminder of his father, her dead lover. Little does she imagine that by trying to provide for him she just might put him right in the path of danger. Learn More
A Night Too Dark is New York Times bestselling writer Dana Stabenow’s latest, the seventeenth in a series chronicling life, death, love, tragedy, mischief, controversy, nature, and survival in Alaska, America’s last real frontier. In this latest Kate Shugak novel, the smart, sexy PI, her wolf/husky hybrid Mutt, and Chopper Jim are only just beginning to realize the fallout from the discovery of the world’s second-largest gold mine in their backyard. “Mine change everything,” Auntie Vi said in Whisper to the Blood (the previous book in the series and the first to hit the New York Times bestseller list).
And it’s only just beginning.
Known for her evocative wilderness settings, Edgar-winner Stabenow heads into urban territory in her uneven 14th Kate Shugak mystery, which is set mainly in Anchorage and picks up where 2003's A Grave Denied left off. Charlotte Bannister Muravieff, of an influential Alaska family, hires Kate to prove that her imprisoned mother, Victoria, wasn't the culprit behind a 30-year-old tragedy. Convicted of setting a fire in her house that killed her sleeping son William, Victoria is now dying of cancer. Kate hires poacher Kurt Pletnikoff, who's come to Anchorage for work, to help interview everyone still alive connected with the crime, including a reluctant Victoria and her remaining son, Oliver. Fast-paced action scenes, sympathetic child characters and Kate's appealing dog, Mutt, help smooth a complex plot strewn with chunks of historical background. Those looking for bodice-ripping romance will savor the heat generated between Kate and Alaska state trooper Jim Chopin, though established fans may be dismayed by Kate's aggressive sexual behavior. First-time readers may wish that a host of supporting characters, mostly Kate's friends and relatives, were better identified. Agent, Rich Henshaw. (Sept. 20) Forecast: Backed by a blurb from Michael Connelly, the publisher hopes to break Stabenow out of category with a 75,000-copy first printing and a national author tour. If this book doesn't do it for the deserving Stabenow, another one will Learn More
Deceptively simple in style, stunning in its implication, this gem of an autobiography, Again Calls the Owl, carries readers back to the beginning of the century when Margaret Craven - one of a handful of women at Stanford and a groundbreaking woman journalist - made the audacious decision not only to work for a living, but to work as a writer. Learn More
You'll experience the very best of Alaska. From the Inside Passage and its fascinating ports of call, to Prudhoe Bay in the far north. If you want to see Alaska's many regions, this DVD is for you. From Anchorage to the Pribilof Islands, you'll cross Alaska and really get to know the Last Frontier. You'll see the widlife, visit the national parks, experience the culture and witness the many natural wonders including the northern lights. This DVD also includes the bonus features "Alaska's Inside Passage" and "Glacier Bay the Grand Design." Buy it today and enjoy Alaska forever! Learn More
Master storyteller James Michener reveals Alaska in all its awesome, sweeping majesty. From the near-forgotten past, to the highly technological present, from self-defense to self-determination, here are the men and women who tried to tame the land, seize its bounty, and lay claim to the elusive spirit that holds native and visitor spellbound. A stirring portrait of a human community living on the edge of the world, ALASKA claims a bold heritage of survival against all odds.
"Michener has done a fine job....Few will escape the allure of the land and people he describes." Learn More
Alaska's Coolest Animals is a delightful journey through the Greatland to see and learn about all these animals up-close. This DVD includes a free bonus program, The Biggest Bears. These two fabulous programs have won Four Emmy awards. Beautiful animal photography and a fun-filled educational story narrated by a 5 year old Alaskan boy. 57 minutes in length. Prices include insurance on your purchase. Learn More
A glorious DVD celebrating the natural splendor of our 49th state narrated by Charlton Heston. This film was nominated for an Academy Award for short subject documentary. Join this epic adventure into the untamed grandeur of Alaska and embrace the spirit of the wild. 40 minutes in length. Prices include insurance on your purchase. Learn More
From the ancient shores of Beringia to Alaska's wildlife, folklore and music, this film takes you on a one-of-a-kind adventure that will change the way you see, experience and feel about the Last Frontier! Learn More
This Alaska Wild Berry Guide & Cookbook, now in its seventh printing, is a complete compendium of facts on the nearly 50 varieties of berries found in Alaska. It tells where to find and how to identify each variety-including the poisonous ones you want to avoid. Full-color photos of the blooms, foliage and berries aid in identification. Also included are the best recipes for cooking the berries. For the backpacker, the chef or the berry-picker this book is invaluable. Learn More
This spectacular collection of Alaskan wildlife radiates with the passion and originality of Alaskan photographer Johnny Johnson. His photos have been published worldwide in such publications as National Geographic, Audubon and the New York Times. Learn More
Compass American Guides: Alaska's Inside Passage taps a growing travel market. Alaska is the world’s third most popular cruise destination, attracting about one million cruise ship passengers a year. While other guides offer recommendations on where to stay and what to see, none combine that practical information with the depth and literary quality of a Compass American Guide.
In this thoroughly readable book, travelers, locals, and armchair travelers alike will find a mix of stunning color photos, sightseeing scoops, historical background, fun FAQs, and evocative, inspiring descriptions of this breathtaking region. Following the route of a fantasy cruise from south (Ketchikan) to north (Sitka), the guide takes readers through all the incredible attractions, including Glacier Bay National Park, Ketchikan’s totem poles, and Skagway’s historic Gold Rush District. The explorations of each port of call are organized by the amount of time visitors have on shore. In addition to natural and historic sights, the guide includes favorite places to eat and shop in each town, and tips on everything from animal-watching to packing the night gear. Learn More