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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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Tip of the Iceberg: My 3,000-Mile Journey Around Wild Alaska, the Last Great American Frontier

In Tip of the Iceberg, author Mark Adams retraces a historic 1899 voyage, operated by Edward H. Harriman, who turned a steamship into a “floating university” that hosted a group of scientists and writers. The group journeyed along the coast, visiting Juneau and the Glacier Bay before venturing up to the Arctic Circle, and Adams attempts to follow in their nautical footsteps. Adams’ “storytelling is guaranteed to make you want to get off your beach towel and book passage somewhere in the great wild north,” writes Outside magazine.

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