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Posted: Thursday, October 28, 2010

"Gold Diggers: Striking it Rich in the Klondike," by Charlotte Gray

Between 1896 and 1899, thousands of people lured by gold braved a grueling journey into the remote wilderness of North America. Within two years, Dawson City, in the Canadian Yukon, grew from a mining camp of four hundred to a raucous town of more than 30,000 people.

Drawing on letters, memoirs, newspaper articles, and stories, Gray delivers a tale of the gold madness that swept through a continent and changed a landscape and its people forever.

"Pacific Feast: A Field Guide to Coastal Foraging and Cuisine," by Jennifer Hahn

Hahn's new book describes all the essential details about 40 plant species; explaining where to find them, which parts are edible, and their optimal culinary uses. "Pacific Feast" also includes 60 recipes from top chefs including David Tanis, Maria Hines, Dustin Clark, Kirsten Dixon, Annie Sommerville, and Tom Douglas.

"Alaska's Place in the West: From the Last Frontier to the Last Great Wilderness," by Roxanne Willis

From Sarah Palin's surprising rise to political stardom to recurring environmental battles over oil drilling in the arctic and public works projects like the Bridge to Nowhere, the Alaska continues to occupy center stage in the national spotlight. Roxanne Willis takes readers behind common and simplistic representations of the state to explore the rich history and extreme diversity of a land that cannot easily be pigeonholed.

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