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Alaska Book List: Books Set in The Last Frontier

From nonfiction to fiction, these books are sure to transport you to The Last Frontier.

Last Updated on December 2, 2022 by BiblioLifestyle

Books Set in Alaska - Alaska Book List

If you’re looking for a new book to read and you’re interested in stories that take place in Alaska, look no further!  This book list is all about Alaska books, all of which are set in the Last Frontier.  We’ve compiled a list of our favorite titles for you to check out.  Whether you’re looking for a mystery, romance, or adventure story, we’ve got something for everyone.  So grab a warm beverage and get ready to be transported to the icy landscape of Alaska!

List of Alaska Books

Nobody Gets Out Alive by Leigh Newman

Nobody Gets Out Alive by Leigh Newman

Set in Newman’s home state of Alaska, Nobody Gets Out Alive is an exhilarating collection about women struggling to survive not just grizzly bears and charging moose, but the raw legacy of their marriages and families.

The Unsinkable Greta James by Jennifer E. Smith

The Unsinkable Greta James by Jennifer E. Smith

An indie musician reeling from tragedy and a public breakdown reconnects with her father on a weeklong cruise. It’s here in this unlikeliest of places–at sea, far from the packed city venues where she usually plays and surrounded by the stunning scenery of Alaska–Greta will finally confront the choices she’s made, the heartbreak she’s suffered, and the family hurts that run deep. In the end, she’ll have to decide what her path forward might look like–and how to find her voice again.

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

In Kristin Hannah’s The Great Alone, a desperate family seeks a new beginning in the near-isolated wilderness of Alaska only to find that their unpredictable environment is less threatening than the erratic behavior found in human nature.

The Seaplane on Final Approach by Rebecca Rukeyser

The Seaplane on Final Approach by Rebecca Rukeyser

Tourists arrive all summer, by boat or seaplane, at Stu and Maureen Jenkins’s Lavender Island Wilderness Lodge in the Kodiak Archipelago, expecting adventure. But the spontaneity of their authentic Alaskan wilderness experience is meticulously scripted, except when real danger rears its head. Stu and Maureen’s lodge is failing, as is their marriage.

Bear Witness by Lark O. Jensen

Bear Witness by Lark O. Jensen

No nine-to-five cubicle career will suit Stacie Calder–the naturalist much prefers working in the great outdoors. Specifically, the spacious and spectacular Alaskan wilderness, whose rugged charms she shares with sightseers on the top deck of the tour boat where she works. But one May afternoon, Stacie’s passengers see more than glittering glaciers, frolicking harbor seals, climbing bears and soaring seabirds…they also witness a man lying dead in the frigid Alaskan waters.

Sleeping Bear by Connor Sullivan

Sleeping Bear by Connor Sullivan

A former Army veteran seeking solitude in the Alaskan wilderness after her husband’s death finds herself a pawn in a deadly game with Russia in this white-knuckled and “heart-stopping thrill ride” (Chris Hauty, author of Deep State).

The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler

The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler


Thin Ice by Paige Shelton

Thin Ice by Paige Shelton

A thriller writer finds herself on a real-life adventure in the deep, dark wilds of Alaska in this gripping mystery from New York Times bestselling author Paige Shelton, Thin Ice.

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Follow a dog named Buck through violence and hardship, loyalty and loss, finally finding himself and his home in the Yukon wilderness. Truly a must-have for London fans, book lovers, and adventurers.

Silences So Deep by John Luther Adams

Silences So Deep by John Luther Adams

The story of a composer’s life in the Alaskan wilderness and a meditation on making art in a landscape acutely threatened by climate change.

Alaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber

Alaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER – Debbie Macomber brings us to the Alaskan wilderness for a magical Christmas tale about finding love where it’s least expected.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

In this magical debut, a couple’s lives are changed forever by the arrival of a little girl, wild and secretive, on their snowy doorstep.

Travels in Alaska by John Muir

Travels in Alaska by John Muir

Travels in Alaska is part of a series that celebrates the tradition of literary naturalists–writers who embrace the natural world. In this collection, originally published in 1915, John Muir captures the beauty and intensity of Alaskan wilderness and its people from his travels between 1879 and 1890. John Muir’s strength lies in delicately mapping the intimate connection between the person and natural world, and awakening his readers to that reality.

Two Old Women by Velma Wallis

Two Old Women by Velma Wallis

Velma Wallis’s award-winning, bestselling novel about two elderly Native American women who must fend for themselves during a harsh Alaskan winter.

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

NATIONAL BESTSELLER – The mesmerizing, heartbreaking tale of an enigmatic young man who goes missing in the wild and whose story captured the world’s attention.

Tip of the Iceberg by Mark Adams

Tip of the Iceberg by Mark Adams

From the acclaimed, bestselling author of Turn Right at Machu Picchu, a fascinating, wild, and wonder-filled journey into Alaska, America’s last frontier.

What do you think about these Alaska books?

Have you read any of these Alaska books?  Are any of them on your TBR?  What books set in Alaska would you add to this list?  Let’s talk about it in the comments below.

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