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The Wake of the Unseen Object: Travels through Alaska's Native Landscapes
by Tom Kizzia
University of Alaska Press, 2020
Paper: 978-1-60223-430-7 | eISBN: 978-1-60223-431-4
Library of Congress Classification E99.E7K444 2020
Dewey Decimal Classification 917.9804

A  journey to Alaska’s remote roadless villages, during a time of great historical transition, brings us this enduring portrait of a place and its people. Alutiiq, Yup’ik, Inupiaq, and Athabascan subjects reveal themselves as entirely contemporary individuals with deep longings and connection to the land and to their past. Tom Kizzia’s account of his travels off the Alaska road system, first published in 1991, has endured with a sterling reputation for its thoughtful, poetic, unflinching engagement with the complexity of Alaska’s rural communities. Wake of the Unseen Object is now considered some of the finest nonfiction writing about Alaska. This new edition includes an updated introduction by the author, looking at what remains the same after thirty years and what is different—both in Alaska, and in the expectations placed on a reporter visiting from another world.

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