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Among Wolves
Gordon Haber's Insights into Alaska's Most Misunderstood Animal

The crash of Gordon Haber's research plane in Denali National Park ended his life, his research, and his fierce advocacy for Alaska's wolves. In Among Wolves, a journey through Haber's 43 years with wolves, we witness individual wolf families' astonishing cooperation as well as the devastation wrought by hunting, trapping, and predator control. Reading Haber's journals, hearing stories from friends, we feel the passion and wonder that Haber never lost.


The Heart of the Sound
An Alaskan Paradise Found and Nearly Lost

Re-released in paperback, The Heart of the Sound: An Alaskan Paradise Found and Nearly Lost, charts the author's love affair with Prince William Sound from her first encounter as a newly transplanted resident, through the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, and toward a new connection, one forged from difficulty and disaster.


Crosscurrents North
Alaskans on the Environment

Coeditors Marybeth Holleman and Anne Coray bring together sixty-one poems and essays, all by long-time Alaska writers who share their admiration, awe, insights, and concerns about Alaska's wildlife and wild lands, and the environmental issues that affect them.


The Heart of the Sound
An Alaskan Paradise Found and Nearly Lost

Part memoir, part literary journalism, this book covers a 15-year period from the author’s move to Alaska through the devastation of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill and the subsequent years of attempted restoration, when the larger implications of that tragedy came to light.


Alaska's Prince William Sound
A Natural History Guide

This introduction to the natural history of the Sound is part of the pocket guidebooks series from Alaska Northwest Publishing. Illustrated with maps and color photographs by some of Alaska’s best nature photographers, this compact book introduces readers to the Sound, from the geologic forces of icefields and glaciers, to the diversity of flora and fauna, to the human communities that ring the Sound.


The Future of Nature
Essay: In the Name of Restoration

Selected and introduced by Barry Lopez, this collection of essays is both a compendium of the finest writing in Orion magazine and a cruicial guidebook for the twenty-first century activist. It brings new understanding to the relationship between people and nature.

Marybeth's essay also appeared in American Nature Writing 2000.



Going Alone: Women's Adventures in the Wild
Essay: Day of Listening

Edited by Susan Fox Rogers, this collection of 20 essays picks up where the celebrated Solo left off, exploring anew the many ways that women find adventure, fulfillment, solace, and joy when they head into the great outdoors alone.


Wild Moments

Wild Moments: Adventures with Animals of the North

Essay: Looking Over the Edge


Edited by Michael Engelhard, Wild Moments brings readers face to face with wild animals at home in Alaska and Canada. Thirty-three accounts by some of the best contemporary nature writers showcase as many species and capture wildlife in their essense.


Solo: On Her Own Adventure
Essay: The Wind in My Face

Edited by Susan Fox Rogers, this inspiring collection of 25 personal stories reveals all the complexities of solo travel, with compelling and daring adventure narratives and refreshing insights at every turn.


The Seacoast Reader
Essay: In This Light

Edited by John A. Murray and published with support from The Nature Conservancy, the collection of 22 essays about America's seas and coasts brings together voices that span the centuries, from Thoreau and Darwin to Lopez and Brower.


Under Northern Lights
Essay: The View Helps Me Know Where I Am

This beautiful book, edited by Frank Soos and Kesler Woodward, juxtaposes 16 essays by Alaskan writers with works of visual art drawn from the collection at the University of Alaska museum. 


American Nature Writing 1999
Essay: Heating with Wood

Edited by John A. Murray, this collection of 18 essays and poems is the sixth in a series which showcases the best new and distinguished voices in contemporary nature writing.



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