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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.

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Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube 

If you’re not following 2019 rookie Iditarod racer Blair Braverman on Twitter, you’re missing out. The 30-year-old musher shares stories of her dogs, her intense Iditarod training, and life in Alaska and rural Wisconsin with nearly 60,000 followers on a regular basis. But Braverman is also a deeply gifted writer, with an MFA from the University of Iowa and a published memoir from Ecco that the Boston Globe calls “a thoughtful meditation on a lifelong attraction to the cold.” The book details her life in both Norway and Alaska, where she worked as a dogsledder on a glacier fellow mushers dub “The Goddamn Ice Cube.” “Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube is gorgeous, moving and universally resonant. Most of all, it’s important,” writes the Huffington Post. “It’s amazing to watch as she develops backbone and grit, determined not to let anyone or anything stand between her and the icy landscape she loves so much,” echoes Entertainment Weekly.

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