Alaskana 2012

Alaska History, Vol. 27, #s 1&2, Spring/Fall 2012

Alaskana is an annotated listing of recent publications on the North featured in Alaska History, the journal of the Alaska Historical Society. 

Compiled by Teressa Williams, Anchorage Museum.

Frances Backhouse, Children of the Klondike (North Vancouver, BC:  Whitecap Books, 2010),  xix + 243 pp., softcover, $19.95, ISBN 97815528506.

Frances Backhouse, Women of the Klondike:  15th Anniversary Edition (North Vancouver, BC:  Whitecap Books, 2010), xv + 224 pp.,  softcover, $19.95, ISBN 978770500174.

Subhankar Banerjee, Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point (New York: Seven Stories Press, 2012), 550 pp., hardcover, $35.95, ISBN 9781609803858.

John B. Branson, The Life and Times of John W. Clark of Nushagak, Alaska, 1846-1896 (Anchorage: U.S., Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, 2012), 249 pp., softcover, ISBN 9780979643262, request from John Branson, 907-781-2134, Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, 240 W. 5th Ave., Anchorage, AK 99501.

Karen Brewster, editor, Boots, Bikes, and Bombers: Adventures of Alaska Conservationist Ginny Hill Wood (Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 2012), 536 pp., softcover, $29.95, ISBN 9781602231733.

Ernest S. Burch, Jr., and Igor Krupnik and Jim Dau, editors, Caribou Herds of Northwest Alaska 1850-2000 (Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 2012), 216 pp., hardcover, $45.00, softcover, $29.95, ISBN 9781602231788, ISBN 9781602231795.

Ross Coen, Breaking Ice for Arctic Oil: The Epic Voyage of the SS Manhattan through the Northwest Passage (Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 2012), 215 pp., softcover, $24.95, ISBN 9781602231696.

Ross Coen, The Long View: Dispatches on Alaska History (Ester, AK: Ester Republic Press, 2011), 225 pp., softcover, $18.00, ISBN 9780974922171.

Amanda Coyne and Tony Hopfinger, Crude Awakening: Money, Mavericks, and Mayhem in Alaska (New York: Nation Books, 2011), 282 pp., hardcover, $26.99, ISBN 9781568584478.

Ann Fienup-Riordan and Alice Reardon, Ellavut, Our Yup’ik World and Weather: Continuity and Change in the Bering Sea (Seattle: University of Washington Press; in association with Calista Elders Council, 2012), 416 pp., softcover, $45.00, ISBN 9780295991610.

Ann Fienup-Riordan, editor, Mission of Change in Southwest Alaska: Conversations with Father René Astruc and Paul Dixon on Their Work With Yup’ik People, 1950-1988 (Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 2012), 376 pp., softcover, $34.95, ISBN 9781602231610.

Victor Fischer with Charles Wohlforth, To Russia with Love: An Alaskan’s Journey (Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 2012), 400 pp., hardcover, $27.95, ISBN 9781602231399.

Lew Freedman, editor, Ted Lambert:  The Man Behind the Paintings (Fairbanks:  University of Alaska Press, 2012), 222 pp., softcover, $24.95, ISBN 9781602231658.

Naomi Gaede-Penner, ‘A’ is for Alaska: Teacher to the Territory: The Story of Anna Bortel Church (Mustang, OK: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, 2011), 299 pp., softcover, $21.99, ISBN 9781617777561.

Naomi Gaede-Penner, From Kansas Wheat Fields to Alaska Tundra: A Mennonite Family Finds Home (Mustang, OK: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, 2011), 301 pp., softcover, $21.99, ISBN 9781617772023.

Michael Gates, Dalton’s Gold Rush Trail: Exploring the Route of the Klondike Cattle Drives (Madeira Park, B.C.: Harbour Publishing, 2012), 303 pp., softcover, $24.95, ISBN 9781550175707.

Nick Golodoff, and Rachel Mason, editor, Attu Boy (Anchorage: U.S., Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Alaska Regional Office, [2012]), 153 pp., softcover, request from Greg Dixon, 907-644-3465, National Park Service, 240 W. 5th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501.

Helen Hegener, Along Alaskan Trails: Adventures in Sled Dog History (Palmer, AK: Northern Light Media Books, 2012), 90 pp., softcover, $20.00, ISBN 9780984397730, available at Northern Light Media, PO Box 759, Palmer, AK 99645-0759.

Cliff Hollenbeck and Nancy Hollenbeck, Alaska Airlines: A Visual Celebration ([Seattle]: Hollenbeck Productions, 2012), 224 pp., hardcover, $39.95, ISBN 9781578335374, available at Hollenbeck Productions at

Alexander D. Huryn and John E. Hobbie, Land of Extremes: A Natural History of the Arctic North Slope of Alaska (Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 2012), 311 pp., softcover, $29.95, ISBN 9781602231818.

Sarah Crawford Isto, The Fur Farms of Alaska: Two Centuries of History and a Forgotten Stampede (Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 2012), 230 pp., softcover, $29.95, ISBN 9781602231719.

Aldona Jonaitis, Discovering Totem Poles: A Traveler’s Guide (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2012), 144 pp., softcover, $16.95, ISBN 9780295991870.

M. J. Kirchhoff, Clondyke, The First Year of the Rush (Juneau:  Alaska Cedar Press, 2010), 61 pp., softcover, $17.95, ISBN 0962490431.

Judith Kleinfeld, Frontier Romance: Environment, Culture, and Alaska Identity (Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 2012), 90 pp., softcover, $17.95, ISBN 9781602231894.

S. A. Korsun, catalog author and compiler, and Yuri E. Berezkin, editor, The Alutiit/Sugpiat: A Catalog of the Collections of the Kunstkamera (Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 2012), 400 pp., hardcover, $50.00, ISBN 9781602231771.

Igor Krupnik and Vera Oovi Kaneshiro, editors and compilers, Neqamikegkaput: Faces We Remember: Leuman M. Waugh’s Photography from St. Lawrence Island, Alaska, 1929-1930, Contributions to Circumpolar Anthropology Vol. 9 (Washington, DC: Arctic Studies Center; Smithsonian Scholarly Press, 2011), 191 pp., softcover, $24.95, ISBN 9780967342917, available from Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group at Note: ISBN is also used for Gateways: Exploring the Legacy of the Jesup North Pacific Expedition, 1897-1902, Contributions to Circumpolar Anthropology Vol. 1.

John A. Lindsay and others, St. Paul Island Guide to Historical Resources, 1867-1984: Seal Islands National Historic Landmark District, Pribilof Islands, Alaska, 2 Volumes (Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 2012), 862 pp., hardcover, available online at under NOAA TM NMFS-F/SPO-122. Note that only 35 copies were originally published.

Amy Lauren Lovecraft and Hajo Eicken, editors, North by 2020: Perspectives on Alaska’s Changing Social-Ecological Systems (Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 2011), 736 pp., softcover, $70.00, ISBN 9781602231429.

Colleen Catherine Mondor, The Map of My Dead Pilots: The Dangerous Game of Flying in Alaska (Guilford, CT: Lyons Press, 2012), 242 pp., hardcover, $22.95, ISBN 9780762773619.

Wayne Regelin, Fish Politics and Wolf Wars: A History of Fish and Game Management in Alaska (Juneau: Arctic Loon Press, 2012), 245 pp., softcover, $14.95 plus shipping, ISBN 9780615562230, available from Arctic Loon Press at

Bob Reiss, The Eskimo and the Oil Man: The Battle at the Top of the World for America’s Future (New York: Business Plus, 2012), 304 pp., hardcover, $27.99, ISBN 9781455525249.

Katherine Ringsmuth, Tunnel Vision: The Life of a Copper Prospector in the Nizina River Country (Washington, DC: National Park Service, 2012), 119 pp., softcover, $36.00, ISBN 9780615635460, available for purchase at the U.S. Government Bookstore at

Tom Rose, Big Miracle (New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2011), 324 pp., softcover, $14.99, ISBN 9780312625191.

William S. Schneider, On Time Delivery: The Dog Team Mail Carriers (Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 2012), 142 pp., softcover, $24.95, ISBN 9781602231672.

Cathy R. Sherman, Cordova: Images from America, with photographs from the Cordova Historical Society (Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2012), 128 pp., softcover, $21.99, ISBN 9780738581699.

Catherine Holder Spude, “That Fiend in Hell”: Soapy Smith in Legend (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2012), 304 pp., hardcover, $29.95, ISBN 9780806142807.

Catherine Holder Spude and others, editors, Eldorado!: The Archaeology of Gold Mining in the Far North (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press and the Society for Historical Archaeology, 2011), 357 pp., softcover, $55.00, ISBN 9780803210998.

Peter F. Stevens, Fatal Dive: Solving the World War II Mystery of the USS Grunion (Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing, 2012), 256 pp., hardcover, $24.95, ISBN 9781596987678.

Matthew Sturm, Finding the Arctic: History and Culture Along a 2,500-Mile Snowmobile Journey from Alaska to Hudson’s Bay (Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 2012), 410 pp., softcover, $24.95, ISBN 9781602231634.

Thomas Thornton, editor, Haa Léelk’w Hás Aaní Saax’ú: Our Grandparents’ Names on the Land (Seattle: University of Washington Press, in association with Sealaska Heritage Institute, 2012), 232 pp., softcover, $30.00, ISBN 9780295988580.

Joe Upton, Bering Sea Blues, A Crabber’s Tale of FEAR in the Icy North (Kenmore, WA:  Epicenter Press, 2011), 327 pp., softcover, $17.95, ISBN 9781935347118.

Howard Weaver, Write Hard, Die Free: Dispatches from the Battlefields & Barrooms of the Great Alaska Newspaper War (Kenmore, WA: Epicenter Press, 2012), 237 pp., softcover, $14.95, ISBN 9781935347194.

Leonie von Meusebach-Zesch, Leonie:  A Woman Ahead of Her Time.  Jane G. Troutman, editor. (Studio City, CA:  Lime Orchard Publications, 2011), 315 pp., softcover, $19.95 ISBN 9780615456201.