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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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Coming into the Country

No matter the subject material you’re interested in, if John McPhee has written about it, it’s always best to start with his book. The New Yorker staff writer is a legend among nonfiction writers, frequently appearing on both undergraduate and graduate writing syllables. Coming into the Country is McPhee’s ode to our 49th states, covering both life in urban Alaska and the bush. A varied cast of characters – bush pilots, politicians, prospectors, and businessmen – appear in its pages, allowing McPhee to explore the complex realities of Alaskan life that go far beyond a typical American’s notion of the state. “With this book McPhee proves to be the most versatile journalist in America,” praises the New York Times. 

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