1049 Miles: The Call of the Iditarod
by Terry Adkins (1977 – out of print)
Adkins, the only veterinarian serving the first Iditarod in 1973, wrote his reflections of the race after his 21st run in 1998.
The Alaska Almanac: Facts about Alaska
by Alaska Northwest Publishing, Editor (November 1, 2008 – 32nd Edition)
Revised annually, this is considered the definitive guide to the state, featuring facts, amusing details, history, maps, book lists, and even tips on living in Alaska.
Gold, Men and Dogs
by Allan Alexander (Scotty) Allan (1931 – out of print)
Famous as an early 20th century musher and dog trainer who dominated the 400-mile All-Alaska Sweepstakes, Scotty’s autobiography includes his training of 450 sled dogs for French military use during World War I.
Everything I Know About Training and Racing Sled Dogs
by George Attla (1974)
Considered the most successful sprint-racer in history, named the greatest musher of all time by the Anchorage Daily News-Miner, and inducted into the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame in 2007, Attla presents his system for success.
The Cheechako’s Guide to the Art of Dog Mushing
by Lavon Barve (2000 – limited availability)
Barve completed more than 50,000 miles on dog sled, and here provides tips on mushing, training a lead dog, and preparing for the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest.
The Frozen Toe Guide to Real Alaska Livin’: Learn How to Survive Moose Attacks, Endless Winters, and Life Without Indoor Plumbing
by Brookelyn Bellinger (2007)
Bellinger’s handbook intersperses facts with advice and anecdotes about becoming a true Alaskan.
The Klondike Fever: The Life and Death of the Last Gold Rush
by Pierre Berton (1985)
The Klondike gold rush, in which sled dogs were crucial, was significant in Alaska’s history, and this book is considered the authoritative account.
Alaska: Saga of a Bold Land
by Walter R. Borneman (2003)
Borneman documents the history of Alaska, including the long-conflicting views of how the land should be used.
Back of the Pack: An Iditarod Rookie Musher’s Alaska Pilgrimage to Nome
by Don Bowers (1998)
Bowers served as a volunteer pilot for the Iditarod, caught the mushing bug, and here records his personal adventure from raw rookie to finally completing the Iditarod with his own team in 1996.
Moose Dropping & Other Crimes of Nature: Funny Stories from Alaska
by Tom Brennan (2000)
Funny stories of people, animals and politicians in Alaksa.
Lessons My Sled Dog Taught Me: Humor and Heartwarming Tails from Alaska’s Mushers
edited by Tricia Brown (1998)
Mushers share tales and tidbits about what it’s really like and why they do it.
The Final Frontiersman: Heimo Korth and His Family, Alone in Alaska’s Wilderness
by James Campbell (2005)
In 2002 Campbell visited Heimo Korth and his family who, living 130 miles north of the Arctic Circle, he considers are living more remotely than any other people in Alaska.
Arctic Homestead: The True Story of One Family’s Survival and Courage in the Alaskan Wilds
by Norma Cobb, Charles W. Sasser, and Charles Sasser (2000)
In the 1970’s Norma Cobb became the last woman to claim land under the Homestead Act. This memoir tells how she and her family “proved” that claim in northern Alaska.
Dog Driver: A Guide for the Serious Musher
by Miki and Julie Collins (1991)
Twin sisters Miki and Julie are accomplished mushers who here provide their expert counsel.
Running North: A Yukon Adventure
by Ann Mariah Cook (1998)
This memoir chronicles Cook, her husband, her three-year-old daughter, and 32 Siberian huskies through the trials and rewards of pursuing their dream to compete in the Yukon Quest sled-dog race.
Arctic Dance: The Mardy Murie Story
by Charles Craighead and Bonnie Kreps (2002)
Known as the “mother of the conservation movement,” Murie’s work led to the formation of The Wilderness Society and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Based on the documentary film of the same name, this photo-biography includes excerpts from Murie’s own writings.
Alaska Bound: A Life of Travel and Adventures in the Far North
by Michael P. Dixon (1996)
In these autobiographical essays, Dixon tells of his Alaska travels.
Fashion Means Your Fur Hat is Dead: A Guide to Good Manners and Social Survival in Alaska
by Mike Doogan (1996)
Whether an Alaskan or an Alaskan-wanna-be, Doogan offers very funny etiquette advice.
How to Speak Alaskan
by Mike Doogan (1993)
This is a pocket-guide to speaking like and understanding the vernacular of Alaskans.
Our Alaska: Personal Stories about Living in the North
by Mike Doogan (2001)
In this story collection, nineteen Alaskan writers tell of life in the North.
The Coldman Cometh: A Family’s Adventure in the Alaska Bush
by Bob Durr (2004)
In 1968 Bob Durr with his wife and four children left suburban life in the lower 48 to pursue an alternative in the Alaskan wilderness, where he still lives some 35 years later.
Not Really an Alaskan Mountain Man
by Doug Fine (2004)
As Fine himself puts it, “This book is about switching from Big Macs to whale meat.”
Yukon Quest: The 1,000-Mile Sled Dog Race Through the Yukon and Alaska
by John Firth (1998)
Firth follows the 199? Yukon Quest in detail, then includes in the book a list of racers, race results, and stories from the ## previous races. Originally published in 1990 as Yukon Challenge.
The Joy of Running Sled Dogs: A Step by Step Guide
by Noel Flanders (1988)
Considered a good book on the basics for beginners, Flanders tells how to train for and enjoy the sport in summer with cart and winter with sled.
Running with Champions: A Midlife Journey on the Iditarod Trail
by Lisa Frederic (2006)
Frederic chronicles her progression from Iditarod tourist, to volunteer, to musher.
Father of the Iditarod: The Joe Redington Story
by Lew Freedman (1999)
Redington is known as the Father of the Iditarod for his work toward founding the race, reviving dog mushing, and designating the Iditarod route a National Historic Trail.
George Attla: The Legend of the Sled Dog Trail
by Lew Freedman (1993)
Athabaskan Native George Attla overcame many personal challenges to become Alaska’s top sprint racer and renowned trainer, whose dogs and their descendants are found in kennels across the state.
by Lew Freedman (1992)
This collection of stories and brief biographies of 21 Iditarod mushers give considerable insight into life on the trail during the race. The illustrations are by Iditarod veteran and Alaskan artist Jon Van Zyle.
Iditarod Dreams: A Year in the Life of Alaskan Sled Dog Racer DeeDee Jonrowe
by Lew Freedman with DeeDee Jonrowe (1995)
Kennel owner and dog racer DeeDee Jonrowe, who began mushing in 1979 and has completed xx Iditarods, reviews a typical year in the life of a top musher.
by Lew Freedman and Jeff Schultz (1997)
The official Iditarod 25th Anniversary commemorative book is written by Freedman and features the photographs by Schultz.
More Iditarod Classics: Tales of the Trail Told by the Men & Women Who Race Across Alaska
by Lew Freedman (2004)
More Classics continues where Freedman’s bestselling Iditarod Classics left off.
One Second to Glory
by Lew Freedman (2001)
Dave Mackey’s one-second win over Rick Swenson in the 1978 Iditarod is told in interviews with Lew Freedman, outdoor adventure writer for the Chicago Tribune and former long time sports editor of the Anchorage Daily News.
Spirit of the Wind: The Story of George Attla, Alaska’s Legendary Sled Dog Sprint Champ
by Lew Freedman (2001)
Freedman’s biography of Attla follows him from his difficult childhood battling tuberculosis, to his record-setting victory in the 1958 Fur Rendezvous World Championship as a rookie musher, to his position as the most successful sprint racer in history.
Scotty Allan, King of the Dog Team Drivers
by Shannon Garst (1946, 1948, 1960)
True Secrets of Alaska Revealed!
by Scott Gutelius, Daniel Reynen, Carol Varnar, Marshall Stone and Marcus Varner (2002 )
The authors combined their research into a brief question and answer format overview of Alaska history.
The Stars, The Snow, The Fire: Twenty-Five Years in the Alaska Wilderness
by John Haines (1989, 2000)
This memoir by a former Alaska poet laureate tells the story of his life in Alaska’s wilderness prior to the invention of the snowmobile, when sled dogs were vital to everyday life.
Native Peoples of Alaska: A Traveler’s Guide to Land, Art, and Culture
by Jan Halliday, Patricia J. Petrivelli, and Alaska Native Heritage Center (1998)
This travel guide profiles artists, and directs visitors to the villages, festivals, museums, tours, historic sites, art collections, and dance performances of Native Alaskans.
Iditarod: The Thousand Mile Marathon
by Bill Harris (1986)
Alaska Light: Ideas and Images from a Northern Land
by Kim Heacox (1998)
Former park ranger Kim Heacox worked for six years on this collection of essays and photographs documenting the quality of light on Alaskan landscapes, wildlife and people.
Alaska’s Inside Passage
by Kim Heacox (1997)
Heacox documents in photographs the world’s largest sheltered inland waterway, which has become the second-most popular cruising destination in the world.
by Kim Heacox (1991 – out of print)
This large format photography book commemorates the love of dog sledding in Alaska, and includes the history of dog-sledding and a map of the most famous race routes.
by Kim Heacox (1992)
This, the sister book to Alaska Light, won the 1993 Benjamin Franklin Book Award for Nature and Science. The Fairbanks Daily News Miner said these photographs “reveal what makes Denali Park worth preserving.”
The Only Kayak: A Journey into the Heart of Alaska
by Kim Heacox (2005)
While providing personal accounts of his twenty-five years living in Alaska’s Glacier Bay, Heacox discusses the beauty of the wilderness and its endangerment from the intrusions of modern life.
Alaska: Reflections on Land and Spirit
by Robert Hedin and Gary Holthaus, Editors (1989, 1994)
This is a collection of short writings from a variety of authors, including John Muir.
A Fan’s Guide to the Iditarod
by Mary H. Hood (1996)
Hood answers all questions relating to the training for and running of the Iditarod.
by Bernard Hubbard (1952)
Mush, You Malamutes!
by Bernard Hubbard (1932)
On the Edge of Nowhere
by James Huntington (1966, 2002)
Shadows on the Koyukuk: An Alaskan Native’s Life
by Sidney Huntington (1993)
A Schoolteacher in Old Alaska: The Story of Hannah Breece
by Jane Jacobs, Editor (1995)
The Grizzly Maze: Timothy Treadwell’s Fatal Obsession with Alaskan Bears
by Nick Jans (2005)
The Last Light Breaking: Living Among Alaska’s Inupiat Eskimos
by Nick Jans (1993)
Looking for Alaska
by Peter Jenkins (2001)
The Last Great Race: The Iditarod
by Tim Jones (1988)
Alaska Bear Tales
by Larry Kaniut (2003)
Cheating Death: Amazing Survival Stories from Alaska
by Larry Kaniut (1997)
Danger Stalks the Land: Alaskan Tales of Death and Survival
by Larry Kaniut (1999)
More Alaska Bear Tales
by Larry Kaniut (1990)
Tales from the Edge: True Adventures in Alaska
by Larry Kaniut (2005)
Four Quarters of Light: An Alaskan Journey
by Brian Keenan (2004)
Reading The Call of the Wild as a boy inspired Keenan’s own Alaskan journey, which he records in this book.
One Man’s Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey (26th Anniversary Edition)
by Sam Keith (2003)
Cold Hands, Warm Heart
by Jeff King (2008)
Iditarod Champion Jeff King tells his personal story of being born in California, moving to Alaska, and becoming an Iditarod Champion. Also sold as audio book, read by Jeff King.
by Bill LeKernec
Attla Training and Racing Sled Dogs
by Bella Levorsen with George Attla (1974)
Mushing legend George Attla presents his philosophy and techniques for training and running sled dogs.
The Iditarod: The Most Demanding Race of All
by Bella Levorson with George Attla (1974 – out of print)
Although chiefly famous as a sprint musher, Attla did run the first two Iditarods, and here chronicles his experience. This is believed to be the first book about the race by someone who ran it.
Fishcamp: Life on an Alaskan Shore
by Nancy Lord (1997)
Green Alaska: Dreams from the Far Coast
by Nancy Lord (1999)
The Iditarod Fact Book: A Complete Guide to the Last Great Race
by Sue Mattson (2001)
Adventures of the Iditarod Air Force: True Stories About the Pilots Who Fly for Alaska’s Famous Sled Dog Race
by Ted Mattson (1997)
Wild Men, Wild Alaska: Finding What Lies Beyond the Limits
by Rocky McElveen (2006)
Wild Hearts, Dog Sledding the Rockies
by Dagny McKinley
Book full of dynamic and spectacular photographs of sled dogs living in Colorado, text provides information about a dog’s life at a sled dog kennel and how the dogs affect the lives of the humans who live and work with them.
Coming Into the Country
by John McPhee (1977)
A Naturalist in Alaska
by Adolph Murie (1990)
Two in the Far North
by Margaret E. Murie (1970)
Honest Dogs: A Story of Triumph and Regret from the World’s Toughest Sled Dog Race
by Brian Patrick O’Donoghue (1999)
At 43, O’Donoghue sees his youth slipping away and, yearning for one more challenge, registers for the 1998 Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race. The musher’s strategies, hopes, dreams, and disappointments; the antics of the canine athletes, the drama of the race; and the unworldly wilderness venue add texture to this story of a personal journey by a young man who “gets away from it all” in an astonishing way.
by Brian Patrick O’Donoghue (2005)
My Lead Dog Was a Lesbian: Mushing Across Alaska in the Iditarod – the World’s Most Grueling Race
by Brian Patrick O’Donoghue (1996)
O’Donoghue presents a down-to-earth look at his 1991 rookie run in the Iditarod, where he earned the Red Lantern for finishing dead last.
Cold Nights, Fast Trails: Reflections of a Modern Dog Musher
by Dave Olesen (1989)
Seven-time Iditarod contestant Dave Olesen reflects on his experience running The World’s Last Great Race.
Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod
by Gary Paulsen (1994)
Perhaps best known as an author of young adult books, Paulsen tells of the intensity, frustrations, humor and ultimate satisfaction of preparing for and running the Iditarod in 1983. This book was a national best seller.
Trail Breakers: Pioneering Alaska’s Iditarod Volume 1, Blazing the Last Great Gold Rush Trail in North America, 1840 – 1930
By Rod Perry
Rod Perry helps set the record straight with details, written with first- hand knowledge about the people, places, and events in history. Soon to be published, Volume 2, will provide history of the development of the Iditarod.
by Beverly Pisano
by June Price (2007)
Informative book that tells about the mushers, teams, and details that go on behind the scenes before, during, and after the race.
by June Price (2009)
June’s experiences of moving from Florida to Alaska
An Iditarod Sampler: Photos From Alaska’s Iditarod
By June Price (2009)
60 pages, 60 color photos printed via digital printing of the Iditarod
Passage to Juneau: A Sea and Its Meanings
by Jonathan Raban
Alaska’s Wolf Man: The 1915 – 55 Wilderness Adventures of
by Jim Rearden (1998)
Race Across Alaska: First Woman to Win the Iditarod Tells Her Story
by Libby Riddles and Tim Jones (1988)
Riddles made history in 1985, becoming the first woman to win the Iditarod and consequently being named the Women’s Sports Foundation Professional Sportswoman of the Year. Besides a personal account, this book provides detailed background information about all that goes into training for and running the Iditarod.
Alaska’s History: The People, Land, and Events of the North Country
by Harry Ritter (1993)
Winning Strategies for Long Distance Mushers
by Joe Runyan (1997)
The Cruelest Miles: The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men in a Race Against an Epidemic
by Gay and Laney Salisbury (2003)
Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way
by Mitch Seavey (2009)
Iditarod Champion Mitch Seavey shares all aspects of dog mushing in a humorous and truthful, realistic manner.
Iditarod: The Great Race to Nome
by Bill Sherownit
Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled: A Narrative of Winter Travel in Interior Alaska
by Hudson Stuck (1914, 1988)
A Winter Circuit of Our Arctic Coast: A Narrative of a Journey with Dog Sleds
by Hudson Stuck (1920, 2005)
Chasing Dogs: My Adventures as the Official Photographer Alaska’s Iditarod Beautiful photographs documenting Schultz’s years as the race photographer accompanied by the stories of his adventures and how he got that shot. Jeff Schultz (2014)
Dogs of the Iditarod Dogs of the Iditarod contains photos that capture the personality of these K9 athletes. by Jeff Schultz (2002)
Tracks Across Alaska: A Dog Sled Journey
by Alastair Scott (1990)
The Secrets of Long Distance Training and Racing
by Rick Swenson (1987)
Iditarod: The First Ten Years The coffee table book you need and will read about the first ten years of the Iditarod, how it started, who helped it in its fledgling years, the stories, memories, and photographs. by The Old Iditarod Gang (2014)
On Patrol: True Adventures of an Alaska Game Warden
by Ray Tremblay (2004)
The Milepost: Alaska Travel Planner
Kris Valencia, editor (2008)
The Speed Mushing Manual: How To Train Racing Sled Dogs
by Jim Welch (1989)
Alaska Dog Mushing Guide: Facts and Legends
by Ron Wendt (1994)
Fast into the Night A memoir of Debbie’s 2003 and 2005 Iditarod races, her dogs, and their journey, by Debbie Clarke Moderow (2016)
Racing Toward Recovery The extraordinary story of Iditarod musher Mike Williams Sr. and his race for sobriety in Alaska, by Mike Williams Sr. and Lew Freedman (2015)
The Kids From Nowhere The true story of students from a St. Lawrence Island school, Gambell, and their academic achievements in the Future Problem Solving Program by George Guthridge (2006)
The Winter Walk True story of the author’s great-grandmother’s wintersurvival walk with her young son and daughter while pregnant to return to their village by Loretta Outwater Cox (2013) winner of the Alaska Indigenous Literature Award BOOK REVIEW