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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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The Great Alone

Prefer to discover settings via immersive fiction? Kristin Hannah’s mega-best-selling novel The Great Alone may be just the ticket. Set in rural Alaska in the mid-seventies, the book stars thirteen-year-old Leni, whose father forces the family to move to off-the-grid Alaska after returning home from Vietnam. The book was an instant New York Times best-seller, was named an Amazon Best Book of February 2018, and remains a best-seller today, boasting nearly 6000 reviews and a 4.5-star rating. Read it now before the film adaptation hits theaters: Tri Star has optioned the book, along with Hannah’s previous best-seller The Nightingale. 

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