Alaska Non-Fiction Recommendations

By Rainy Retreat Books

By Rainy Retreat Books

Travels in Alaska

John Muir

$16.99 $15.63

Fighter in Velvet Gloves: Alaska Civil Rights Hero Elizabeth Peratrovich

Roy Peratrovich Jr and Annie Boochever

$16.95 $15.59

A Wolf Called Romeo

Nick Jans

$15.99 $14.71

Two in the Far North, Revised Edition: A Conservation Champion's Story of Life, Love, and Adventure in the Wilderness

Margaret E. Murie

$19.99 $18.39

Double the gumption and pioneer spirit of Laura Ingalls Wilder, add the wilderness ethic of John Muir, and mix them well with an adventurous love story to describe the life of American icon Mardy Murie. -Pam (Nina's Mom)

The Blue Bear: A True Story of Friendship and Discovery in the Alaskan Wild

Lynn Schooler


A beautifully written tale of friendship in SE Alaska. Don't leave Alaska without a copy of The Blue Bear. -Don (former owner)

Last Letters from Attu: The True Story of Etta Jones, Alaska Pioneer and Japanese P.O.W.

Mary Breu

$18.99 $17.47

A Piece of little known history of Alaska during WWII written by the niece of two teachers who lived for many years in Alaska until the Japanese invasion of Attu. Based on letters from her aunt and uncle, gives a vivid contemoporaneous description of the time. Fascinating! -Toni (former owner)

The Island Within

Richard Nelson

$17.00 $15.64

Enter the world of Richard Nelson's SE Alaska. At once soaked in fog and marine mist and bathed in light reaching from the forest canopy to the mossy undergrowth. This is a book so rich in its descriptions and one may call it a 'poetic memoir' or simply a meditation on all things before you. Absolutely one of my all-time favorites. -Garrett (former employee)

The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness, and Greed

John Vaillant

$16.95 $15.59

A sweeping story of logging in North America, and of a very special tree in British Columbia. -Don (former owner)

Raising Ourselves

Velma Wallis

$16.95 $15.59

Alaska: Saga of a Bold Land

Walter R. Borneman


Blonde Indian: An Alaska Native Memoir

Ernestine Hayes

$16.95 $15.59


Ernestine Hayes

$32.99 $30.35

One Man's Wilderness, 50th Anniversary Edition: An Alaskan Odyssey

Sam Keith and Richard Louis Proenneke

$19.99 $18.39

Coming Into the Country

John McPhee

$18.00 $16.56

Passage to Juneau: A Sea and Its Meanings

Jonathan Raban

$18.00 $16.56

Never Cry Wolf

Farley Mowat

$17.99 $16.55