The Salmon Way: An Alaska State of Mind

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Mountaineers Books
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10.2 X 0.8 X 9.0 inches | 2.2 pounds

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About the Author

Amy Gulick is an acclaimed photographer and writer whose work has appeared in Outdoor Photographer, Audubon, and Sierra. Her book Salmon in the Trees: Life in Alaska's Tongass Rain Forest won an Independent Publishers Book Award and two Nautilus Book Awards. She is a founding Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers. Amy lives on Whidbey Island, Washington. Visit her at


The Salmon Way is both a work of natural history and a modern-day environmental parable, highly recommended especially for personal and public library collections.--Midwest Book Review
Few who read this illuminating book or see the author's awe-inspiring color photographs will fail to come away with a sense that this is a way of life well-worth preserving. A rich, compelling look at a thriving yet increasingly threatened natural resource and those who depend on it.--Kirkus Reviews (STARRED review)
The salmon way, as described by Amy Gulick in her beautiful The Salmon Way: An Alaska State of Mind, is to return a gift with a gift.... Gulick writes knowledgeably of Alaskan ecology, the sustainability of the Alaska salmon fishery and efforts to assure its stability indefinitely, and Alaska Native culture.--Matt Sutherland "Foreword Reviews "
"The Salmon Way: An Alaska State of Mind" is a joyous, visually gorgeous book about a physically demanding way of life and the Alaskans who live it, love it, and are fiercely attached to it.--Joel Connelly "SeattlePI "
The Salmon Way: An Alaska State of Mind presents salmon as the lingua franca of all Alaskans.... By spending time with commercial fishermen, biologists, seafood processors, Native subsistence fishers, sport fishing guides, and brown bears catching spawning salmon, Gulick gained a deep understanding of how this species shapes Alaskan lives.--Alaska Magazine
Alaska has been a salmon state since long before it became an oil state. A new book of stories and photographs by Amy Gulick, The Salmon Way: An Alaska State of Mind, celebrates the people across the state whose lives are entwined with salmon.... This book does a stunning and astute job documenting an essential aspect of what makes Alaska the complex homeplace that it is.--Edible Alaska
[A] fine photographic documentary.... [Gulick] devotes this book to photographs and interviews with commercial, subsistence, and sport fishermen in remote villages. The spirited folks who spent time with her all depend on salmon... [they value] the sense of wholeness and community that the fish bring to their lives.--Laurence Marschall "Natural History "
'The Salmon Way' is a breezy, enjoyable jaunt through the Alaska state of mind.... Gulick proves herself to be not just a fine craftswoman, but a varied one as well.--David James "Anchorage Daily News "