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5 Alaskan books to read for the Iditarod

The Iditarod officially started this weekend, with 50-plus mushers battling cold, snow, and exhaustion to mush the 1000 miles to Nome. Celebrate the "Last Great Race" with these five books about Alaskan life, history, and dogsledding culture.

Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod

If your only reading experience with Gary Paulsen is Hatchet, you’re missing out on much of the prolific author’s work. Did you know he’s written more than 100 books, three of which are Newberry Honor medal recipients? Did you know he also writes for adults, including Winterdance, which recounts both the author’s Iditarod training process and his experiences in the race itself? The resulting book is a delight, maintaining a five-star Amazon review rating even with 300+ reviews.

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