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Alaska Traveler: Dispatches from America's Last Frontier [Kindle Edition]

Dana Stabenow
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Dana Stabenow was born in Alaska before Statehood, grew up on and around fishing boats, worked for an air taxi service, a cannery, and later, on the oilfields of the North Slope. Today, she's an Edgar-award winning mystery writer with over 25 Alaska-based novels to her credit. Stabenow knows Alaska.

Writing for Alaska Magazine, she revisits old haunts and explores new ones to capture the vital pioneering spirit of her home state. From cruising the Inner Passage to hiking the Chilkoot Trail, bidding on bachelors at Talkeetna's Winterfest, to a behind-the-scenes look at the Iditarod sled dog race, Alaska Traveler collects over 50 of Stabenow's columns about life on America's last frontier. It's Alaska in all seasons—not just the summer months—and in all its quirky, iconoclastic glory.

Travelers planning a trip to Alaska will find much to inspire them, as will those just interested to read more about the state that residents call The Great Land.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2541 KB
  • Print Length: 281 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Gere Donovan Press; 1.2 edition (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AR63B62
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #172,563 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm the author of twenty-nine novels as of 2012, including the Kate Shugak series, the Liam Campbell series, the Star Svensdotter series and a couple of US Coast Guard thrillers, as well as a bunch of short stories and fifty Alaska Traveler columns for Alaska magazine. I live in Alaska.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing tour of Alaska by an Alaskan 2 Aug. 2013
By Annie W
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In this series of articles written by Dana Stabenow for 'Alaska Magazine', the size, scale, history, geography, biology - natural and human - are all covered, as well as travel, weather, eating (and drinking) habits, social gatherings, and all things in between. Having been tasked by the magazine to make it as personal as possible, we learn a lot more information about the author than would otherwise reach her reading public. The articles are quite short, but all paint vivid pictures of life in Alaska, whether city or Bush, and the extremely varied people from all sorts of backgrounds who inhabit the state - remember the poster which read "You don't have to be mad to work here, but it helps"? It takes a special kind of person to cope with climate extremes, whether almost 24 hour darkness in winter and the opposite in summer or minus-too-many-figures temperatures, deep snow, and wild gales in winter and pleasant summer temperatures, when growing things flourish almost to excess; there's isolation, frenetic social get-togethers, and everything in between, with the interesting addition of moose, caribou, different kinds of bear, eagles, wolves, and a plethora of other characters right down to the voles....

It's a fascinating insight into another world, where even now there are hints of condescension from modern, 'sophisticated' outsiders towards those who live in more remote surroundings - although that's true wherever you go, and so often that visitor has no idea of the dry amusement their attitudes and behaviour are providing for those same residents. What a pity these visitors are unable to see the quality and character, resilience and multiplicity of skills of those who live year round in their own world of extremes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll want to go! 23 April 2014
By j walsh
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Just a brilliant free primer for this first-time traveller to Alaska. Denali, of course, flightseeing, sea excursions and a gripping journey in the footsteps of the gold-crazed Klondike invaders. Lots more besides. Written with style and passion for the place.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a stumble 27 Jun. 2014
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Had read some of Dan Stabenow's novels & they were excellent so thought I'd give this a try too. Sorry Dana but I just couldn't get into this book & although I expect Alaska is a great place to visit, I won't be going there soon based on your book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I want to go to Alaska ! 2 July 2014
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An interesting collection of articles that provide a brief insight into Alaskan tourism. Some of the articles I found frustratingly short and very definitely left me wanting to know more. Perhaps that is a part of the purpose of such articles. If so then she has been very successful with me. What I found especially good was the variety of experiences she wrote about. From exciting adventure to the more sedate, yet equally interesting cultural activities. I found myself wanting to experience these events for myself. There again she has been successful with me!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I want to go! 20 July 2014
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I've enjoyed Dana Stabenow's novels for a few years, so thought I'd give this travelogue a try. It is made up articles she wrote for Alaska Magazine who paid her to travel all over Alaska to write about life in the various communities. I found it fascinating, and could not put it down. As to how it would stand up as a guide today, I'm not sure, as some of the articles were quite old, and some places had closed before she finished the book. However, it really hooked me further into the Alaskan way of life, and I would love to go for an extended visit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars dispatches 15 Jun. 2014
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I have only one Kate Shugak book left to read, and have read all the Liam Campbell books as week . are we getting any more of either? I have read the above and it was. Very entertaining and informative.This lady is a wonderful writer and holds your attention from the first sentence. my. Grandson is courting a young lady from
Alaska which is where my interest first arose, but I just couldn't,t stop reading all the books and have sent. A fair few. To the USA where they are at present, and she has really taken to them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT 26 Dec. 2013
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After the Kate Shugak series, I wanted to know more and here it is. You could almost be there! Read it, you will be glad you did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alaska Traveler - Fantastic! 11 Sept. 2014
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Just love everything Dana Stabenow writes! It is unlikely I will get the opportunity to travel to Alaska however reading a chapter of this wonderful book every night I feel that I actually have been. Despite the harsh living conditions within such a landscape DS beautifully conjures uplifting descriptions of all the wonderful places and amusing characters who not only live but flourish there. You could almost be standing by her side as she visits them!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely love Dana's Books and first got onto her through my ...
Absolutely love Dana's Books and first got onto her through my Kindle and have followed her
ever since. Read more
Published 29 days ago by chez
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Brilliant, funny, full of information on Alaska and its people; a joy to read!
Published 2 months ago by A. Fikiori
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really enjoyed Dana's expeditions around Alaska and I like the way she writes.
Published 2 months ago by torharris
5.0 out of 5 stars Get to know Alaska without the travel
Extremely interesting articles about Alaska especially if you have read some of Dana Stabenow's books. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Alistair MacNeill
2.0 out of 5 stars Gave up, no arc to the book
I didn't get to the end, the chapters were probably fine as newspaper articles, but stuck together you somehow get a bit too fed up reading them Maybe because there's no arc to the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. C. Rust
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read
If you have ever wanted to visit Alaska this is the book for you and if you have never wanted to visit Alaska this will change your mind. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Valerie Brierley
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not what I tought it would be, no Katie Sugak or Liam. Only about places in Alaska
Published 5 months ago by mrsmcm
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good reading
Published 6 months ago by Leslie martin
3.0 out of 5 stars First class dispatches,and humorous.
In-depth description.very clear and concise reports.humour mixed with an obvious love of all the locations,characters,and animals.well put together with care and feeling.
Published 8 months ago by paul lanigan
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Its okay as a travelogue and I like her novels
Published 8 months ago by Elsie FC
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