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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Our January 2014 Online Bookclub Titles - We're going to Alaska!

Posted by Judy T., Jacob D. & Alana T.

We've selected three great reads for January and, just for fun, they are all set in Alaska.  If you would like to join our book discussions, head over to Goodreads - we would love to hear your comments!

Prize-Winning Fiction: Ordinary Wolves by Seth Kantner. From the opening pages of Ordinary Wolves, the voice of Cutuk tells a story from America's last frontier. He lives with his brother, sister, and father, Abe--"our best friend, no dad at all"--in an igloo in remote Alaska. Outside, caribou, bears, moose, and ravens move under frozen pastel skies. A day s journey away, in the I�upiaq village, live Cutuk's adopted family, the Wolfgloves.

Page-Turning Non-Fiction Pick: Pilgrim's Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier by Tom Kizzia. Into the Wild meets Helter Skelter in this riveting true story of a modern-day homesteading family in the deepest reaches of the Alaskan wilderness – and of the chilling secrets of its maniacal, spellbinding patriarch.

Speculative Fiction Pick: The Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chabon. In a world in which Alaska, rather than Israel, has become the homeland for the Jews following World War II, Detective Meyer Landsman and his half-Tlingit partner Berko investigate the death of a heroin-addled chess prodigy.

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