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Alaska
Alaska | James A Michener
In this sweeping epic of the northernmost American frontier, James A. Michener guides us through Alaska s fierce terrain and history, from the long-forgotten past to the bustling present. As his characters struggle for survival, Michener weaves together the exciting high points of Alaska s story: its brutal origins; the American acquisition; the gold rush; the tremendous growth and exploitation of the salmon industry; the arduous construction of the Alcan Highway, undertaken to defend the territory during World War II. A spellbinding portrait of a human community fighting to establish its place in the world, "Alaska "traces a bold and majestic saga of the enduring spirit of a land and its people. Praise for "Alaska" Few will escape the allure of the land and people [Michener] describes. . . . "Alaska "takes the reader on a journey through one of the bleakest, richest, most foreboding, and highly inviting territories in our Republic, if not the world. . . . The characters that Michener creates are bigger than life. "Los Angeles Times Book Review" Always the master of exhaustive historical research, Michener tracks the settling of Alaska [in] vividly detailed scenes and well-developed characters. "Boston Herald" Michener is still, sentence for sentence, writing s fastest attention grabber. "The New York Times""
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TheEllieMo
Alaska | James A Michener
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I had to rely on Mr Google for today‘s #LetsTravelAugust prompt, which gave me this “sweeping epic” for #Alaska.

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Crazeedi I've read many of his, but I dont think I read this one! I loved his books because they are so thick! Lol, many many pages... 4mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚 4mo
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TheSpineView
Alaska | James A Michener
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@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

Prompt: Alaska

James Michener classic Alaska is the first book I thought of. Wonderful historical novel. The picture is of Denali which we used to call Mount McKinley but was renamed recently to the native American word for the mountain. Tidbit: Denali means high one.

vkois88 Beautiful photos ❤ 1y
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Kimberlone
Alaska | James A Michener
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mikeindurango
Alaska | James A Michener
Pickpick

Great book. Long read but worth it!

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Kimberlone
Alaska | James A Michener
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RIOTGRAMS DAY 14: Books in Nature

You can just barely see a sliver of mountains through the trees in the background. View from my back porch! #riotgrams #booksinnature

Blueberry Pretty ☺ 2y
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pocketmermaid
Alaska | James A Michener
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I'm leaving for vacation in Alaska next week and I'm about to start this #doorstopper. Think I can finish before I go away?

pocketmermaid @Lacythebookworm It's only a mere 125 pages a day! 2y
diovival I went on an Alaskan cruise last year. I loved it! Alaska is beautiful. 2y
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Kimberlone
Alaska | James A Michener
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It's practically balmy in Anchorage tonight (60 degrees!), so I'm winding down this evening with the window open and a book to read. You know it's finally summer when the sun's still shining bright into the evening 🌞

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BookishJess
Alaska | James A Michener
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There's just something so breathtaking and beautiful about snow covered mountains. I bought this as a Kindle deal a while ago mainly for the setting of the novel and that cover. Hoping it's good! #judgedbyitscover #latepost #marchintoreading @RealLifeReading

Suzze I bought this book in hardcover in 1990. I started it in 2008. In 2009 I took it to Texas with me when I went to stay with my new grand twins for a month. Foolish. Who has time to read with newborn twins? It is now 2017 and I am on page 376. 3y
BookishJess @Suzze I can imagine with twins you had your hands full! And I know this book is a doorstopper. How did you like what you read of it? 3y
Suzze @BookishJess I loved it! I'm still in the 1800's. You have spurred me to get it off the shelf again. 3y
BookishJess @Suzze 😁 I'm glad it's good! 3y
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Kimberlone
Alaska | James A Michener
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Got off track this weekend on my #Riotgrams challenge, but I have a legit excuse. Spent President's Day skiing with my sister @Saknicole and had an amazing time. Saturday was absolutely beautiful and a balmy 30-something degrees! #alaska

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Kimberlone
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I missed #Day12 yesterday, so here is a late post:

#Alaska is the most outside place I know! I was gifted this James Michener book last summer and it's still #TBR but I am looking forward to reading it. #riotgrams #outside

Saknicole I still need to read it too! 3y
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MellieAntoinette
Alaska | James A Michener
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"Alaska would never lie under a massive ice sheet… It would become known as a cold and barren land covered with ice and snow, but it would never know in all its millennia as much ice as a more habitable state like Connecticut had once known – or Massachusetts and New York."

Desha Gorgeous ❤️ 3y
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Suzze
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I want to go to Alaska! Not a cruise, no, I want to go into the interior. I have a friend, @Betty knows her too, that lives in North Pole, Alaska. I am obsessed with books set in Alaska. I have North Pole as one of my locations in Weather Bug, just so I can see what's happening there. This time of year they have very short days, sunrise is at 10:46, sunset at 3:07. That's a little over 4 hours. Here's what it is right now. #ReadJanuary #lovecold

Notafraidofwords I don't drink alcohol because I have gastritis but if I lived there, I would drink every day just to get through it. I hate the cold. 3y
BookishJess I'm fascinated by Alaska as well. I would love to go there some day. 3y
RealLifeReading Alaska is also a place I would love to visit! (edited) 3y
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CouronneDhiver Go for it... what an adventure! 3y
tricours That's about as far north as where my mother is from in Sweden. I've always liked the north, but I never get to go there anymore 😔 3y
Cortg My hubby goes to Alaska quite a bit for work. He loves it any time of year and he's often in what I would consider the middle of nowhere. Me, I'd prefer Hawaii! 3y
Suzze @Cortg Hawaii's constant nice temps must be nice. @DebinHawaii will tell us. But I'd hate not having cold at all. 3y
DebinHawaii @Suzze @Cortg If I tell you it got to 59-60 degrees last night and I was cold would you hit me? 😆 This time of year is nice but summer during no trade winds times, the humidity gets a bit much. Still I cannot complain too much. 3y
Suzze @DebinHawaii 60 is Swimming weather! 😁 3y
Gayan I went to Homer, Alaska in July and it was the best trip. Alaska is fabulous. 3y
Betty @Suzze when I was there during the summer, never saw it dark (night) for a whole week. I'd wake up at 2 AM, look out the window and still light enough to see trees etc. am so tempted to rent a car and drive up to North Pole and above the Arctic Circle instead of Carol coming down to Fairbanks. 3y
Suzze @Betty Either lots of sun or very little, both seem weird. If only our bodies were like solar panels and could store the sun until winter. 😜😜 3y
MyNamesParadise Alaska has always fascinated me for some reason! 3y
GlitteryOtters I've been to Alaska in the winter, but not any place that cold! We just went to Anchorage, Girdwood, Palmer & Wasilla, plus up to the Matanuska Glacier. I think the coldest it got was somewhere around zero. Not sure if I could stand the Interior for long (although, I would love to be at either the start or finish of the Yukon Quest sled dog race at least once & that would require either Fairbanks or Yukon Territory in February which would be COLD) 3y
Suzze @GlitteryOtters I'm envious that you've been there. My friend goes to the Iditarod start (I think it's the start) every year. 3y
GlitteryOtters @Suzze if your friend went in 2008, I was there, too! First time I met my little Husky in person was at the ceremonial race start that year--she moved down to live with us a year later. My friend was running her first Iditarod that year). 3y
LauraBrook My uncle (who recently passed) lived outside of Fairbanks since the 60s. I grew up with tales of -30 below temps and 10+ feet of snow on the regular. When we visited when I was 5 or 6, I vividly remember playing with a frisbee in the yard and suddenly being told to go to bed bc it was 2 in the morning - and still super light out! It's beautiful but I think I'd have a hard time adjusting. Hope you get to go, and sometime soon! 3y
Cortg @DebinHawaii Nope! I get cold at night in the low 60's. I definitely wouldn't hit you! Putting gas in my car last night in the 20's was brutal for me! 3y
Cortg @Notafraidofwords My friend's son thought it would be cool to go to Univ. Of Alaska Fairbanks. He came home a year later. He said all they do is drink cause it's too cold to do much else 😂 3y
Notafraidofwords @Cortg lol makes sense. 3y
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Suzze
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"I like big books". Hmmm. But, do I? I've mentioned this before....I bought Alaska (all 868 pages of it) in 1988. I have started it a few times in those 28 years. But, every time something jumps in (a book group book, a favorite author's new book, or whatever) and I still haven't finished it. I still have the bookmark in it from my last attempt-page 326. #Booktober #bigbooks #catsoflitsy

Annl What a great photo! 3y
Betty I picked Michener too. Lots of other big books I could have chosen: Thornbirds, Gone with the Wind (read in one sitting when I was13), Pillars of the Earth. I'm surprised you didn't have a pix of your Stephen King books for your big books theme. 3y
Suzze @Betty While you were posting a reply on my Michener book, I was posting a reply on your Michener book. My King's are upstairs and I am lazy. 3y
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Betty I'm dizzy from our loopy conversation. Adding a similar hashtag #Ilikebigbooks 3y
Bette 🐱❤️ 3y
Hobbinol I❤️your cat! 3y
Suzze @Bette @Hobbinol Tink says Thanks! 😻😻😻 3y
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Alaska | James A Michener

The movement of animals across the bridge was by no means always in one direction, for although it is true that the more spectacular beasts—mastodon, saber-tooth, rhinoceros—came out of Asia to enrich the new world, other animals like the camel originated in America and carried their wonderful capacities into Asia.

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