Purely Alaska: Authentic Voices from the Far North

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In the vast, roadless expanse of the Far North, the art of story-telling has thrived for many generations, as it does in PURELY ALASKA, a diversely drawn anthology and winner of a "best regional book" award in 2012 from Foreword magazine. Men and women share harrowing survival tales, hunting and fishing adventures, and stories about love, lifestyles, and the hopes and dreams of independent people in faraway places throughout Alaska. The work was edited by Susan Andrews and John Creed, both professors at Chukchi College in Kotzebue, Alaska. Contributors include Robert Andrews, Haines; Iva Baker, Kotzebue; Nancy Berkey, Sedro-Wooley, Washington; Albert Bowling, Anchorage; Ethel “Katie” Qalingak Cruthers, Kotzebue; Lucy Nuqarrluk Daniels, Golovin, Alaska; Robert A. Dillon; Burton William Siliamii Haviland Jr., Kotzebue; Kathryn Ann Lenninger, Fairbanks; Marcus Miller, Haines; Joli Morgan, Bethel; Wilma Payne, Pueblo, Colorado; Steven W. Pilz, Wisconsin; Gina Marie Pope, Bristol Bay region; Karl Puckett, Great Falls, Montana; Amy S. Reisland-Speer, Healy; Emma Snyder, Kotzebue; Stephen J. Werle, Noatak; Sonja Whitethorn, Petersburg; and Terrence B. Wilson. “Here’s a fascinating guided tour of the real Bush Alaska, not the prettified version we see in tourist brochures. Here we meet the good and the bad, the happy and the sad...”--Stan Jones, author of Village of the Ghost Bears

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"Purely Alaska portrays the stunning physical world of Alaska and its spectacular challenges. These stories open the hearts and memories to reveal the pain and strength, the joy, endurance and faith of those who survive and thrive within Alaska's often unforgiving wintery power." - William L. Iggiagruk Hensley, author of "Fifty Miles from Tomorrow"Inside you'll find 32 stories as diverse and far flung as Alaska itself. A village girl discovers a surprising new world at a boarding school hundreds of miles from home. A mother tires to steer her son toward college but he just wants to be a salty fisherman like his dad. An after-work snowmachine outing turns treacherous. A revered Inupiaq elder recalls a traumatic 1930s reindeer drive across extreme northern Alaska. A young man struggles against powerful addictions. An outsider who arrives to help the village finds he's the one in need of help. Discover much more: tales of adventure, love, hopes, and dreams. A follow-up to the popular Authentic Alaska, this anthology offers an insider's look at the everyday business of living off the land and waterways in America's most remote state.

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The editors are both on the faculty at Chukchi College in Kotzebue, Alaska, a unit of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Susan B. Andrews is a professor of journalism and humanities after having been a TV producer for the Northwest Arctic Borough School District and news director at the CBS affiliate in Fairbanks. John Creed, likewise a professor of journalism and humanities at Chukchi College, is a former reporter for the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner who also worked as a schoolteacher in rural Alaska.

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