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LOOKING FOR ALASKA
Author: Peter Jenkins
Publisher: VHPS (HOLT & ST MARTINS), Sep 2002
A chronicle of people & places in America's last frontier - Alaska. Visiting isolated spots & villages that few non-Native people have seen, Jenkin's view is a rare & complete one. 40 B&W photos, 16 pg color photo insert, map; 5.5x8 inches, 448 pgs.
From the author of the classic New York Times bestseller A Walk Across America comes a chronicle of people and places in America's last frontier, based on Jenkins' year-long odyssey in Alaska.
Twenty-one years ago, a disillusioned twenty-four-year-old went looking for himself and his nation. His memoir of what he found, A Walk Across America captured the hearts of American readers, sold over 1.8 million copies, and is still in print today.
Now, Peter Jenkins is a bit older, married, and a father of six, and his journeys are much different than they were. Now he is looking for something entirely different, perhaps adventure, perhaps inspiration, perhaps new communities, perhaps unspoiled land. Certainly, he found all of this and more in Alaska.
Looking for Alaska is Jenkins' account of a year-long odyssey in the cities, towns, islands, and villages of Alaska, America's last wilderness. Visiting isolated spots and villages that few non-Native people have seen, his view of Alaska is a rare and more complete one than ever before. Getting to know a place in the way that only he can, Jenkins provides an unforgettable portrait of a dangerous and beautiful land and the people that call it home.
He also took his family with him, renting a "home base" in Seward, Alaska, and coming and going from there. The way his family lived, how they made Alaska their home, is as much a part of this story as Peter's travels.
From a fishing expedition with some of Alaska's Native leaders to an ocean-kayaking trip in the glacier-ridden waters off the northwestern coast, Jenkins delivers a memorable diary of discovery--both of this place that captures all of our imaginations, and of himself, all over again.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"Reading Jenkins' book is the next best thing to having actually walked along beside him." --Associated Press
"People like Peter Jenkins. They open up to him and sooner or later, they tell their tales." --Los Angeles Times
"If anyone can feel the pulse of America, it is Peter Jenkins."
--The Knoxville News-Sentinel
-A Book Sense 76 Pick in Hardcover
-A San Francisco Chronicle bestseller
-Print advertising in The New York Times Book Review
-National Author Publicity
-National Author Tour
-Regional Holiday Catalog Advertising
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Peter Jenkins' 1979 chronicle of his first journey, a walk that he made with his dog Cooper from New York State to New Orleans, A Walk Across America, spent three months on the New York Times bestseller list. This story of a young man's journey to find the land and people of America captured a nation's heart. Jenkins has written several more chronicles of his travels, including the bestsellers The Walk West, Across China, and Along the Edge of America. He now lives in Franklin, Tennessee.