Jul 16, 2013 — When the Pilgrim family first arrived in Alaska, they looked to be from another century. They didn't use calendar months, they called their father "Lord," and they knew how to live in the wild. But, as Tom Kizzia writes in Pilgrim's Wilderness, that rugged facade helped conceal a history of abuse.
Dec 26, 2012 — A sad tale's best for winter, as Shakespeare wrote — and reviewer Alan Cheuse recommends The Snow Child, a sad but ultimately hopeful winter tale touched with myth and fairytale. Cheuse says this novel about Alaskan homesteaders, out now in paperback, has "a mysterious onward-pulsing life force."
Nov 26, 2012 — The Snow Child, Eowyn Ivey's bleak portrayal of 1920 Alaska, appears at No. 12.
May 25, 2012 — Not sure what to read this summer? NPR's Susan Stamberg asked three booksellers to share their top five picks for the books you shouldn't miss. They recommend tales of con artists, grade-school spies, refugees and ranchers — plus an exploration of why stories make us human.
May 21, 2012 — For Nancy Pearl, beach reading doesn't mean light reading. NPR's go-to librarian has dug up a diverse mix of titles old and new — a selection of mystery, memoir and more — that will leave you with some substantial summer reading.
Feb 4, 2012 — In 1988, journalist Tom Rose was sent to Barrow, Alaska, to cover the dramatic rescue of three gray whales. His book has been adapted into a movie called Big Miracle — but the real miracle is how this event became a news story at all.
Jun 30, 2011 — For years, the New Zealand kakapo had no need to fly — the bird's only predators were in the sky — but then came human settlers and, with them, an invasive weasel-like predator. Author William Stolzenburg explores exotic island species' vulnerability to newcomers in Rat Island.
Nov 17, 2009 — Sarah Palin may be the Republican party's next big hope, but commentator Rod Dreher says her new book, Going Rogue, does little to bolster her image. She may be the perkiest small-town American in the spotlight, but Palin is selling her personality, not a platform.
Nov 17, 2009 — This week's staff picks: Biographies from bad-boy Andre Agassi and 'Rogue' politician Sarah Palin. Stephen King returns to form in a new novel, Zadie Smith fascinates in collected essays, and science writer Nicholas Wade argues that God is just an evolutionary adaptation.
Dec 1, 2007 — In 2000, author Lou Ureneck left for a 10-day fishing trip to Alaska with his son in an attempt to repair their frayed relationship. The trip, captured in Backcast, helped Ureneck reflect on his parenting skills and on gaping holes in his own childhood.