Earlier this week, we introduced a new Alaskan, fiction book for teens. Today, we explore a great find for adults and teens alike. Dead Reckoning, Navigating a Life on the Last Frontier, Courting Tragedy on Its High Seas by Dave Atcheson is a true life tale of survival and an ode to outdoor life. This book provides an intimate look at Alaska's fishing industry. It also details an inside view into one of Alaska's small communities and the drama involved in that landscape.
Inside the pages of this Alaskan book, readers journey to a seaside town and the always unpredictable torrent of dark escapades that accompany a life at sea. Explore a world peopled by those who often live on the frayed edges of society and shun the world in which most people thrive. Dead Reckoning recounts a story in which college students and “fish hippies” work in canneries alongside survivalists, rednecks, religious freaks, and deckhands with damning secrets in dangerous waters, driven by the need to feed an insatiable appetite for adventure.
Dave Atcheson is an avid sport fisherman and hunter. He is the author of National Geographic's Hidden Alaska: Bristol Bay and Beyond and the guidebook Fishing Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. Dave also writes for a variety of periodicals from Outdoor Life to Boys' Life to Alaska Magazine.
We will be introducing our readers to new books by Alaskan authors as we receive word of new titles. Secondhand Summer is our latest find. Written by author Dan L. Walker, Secondhand Summer is an uniquely Alaskan tale of a young teenager named Sam. Sam grew up in a small cabin in the Bush until he was fourteen. When his father dies unexpectedly, his family is forced to move into the city. Sam is suddenly thrust into a whole new world filled where he finds new friends, enemies, and unexpected adventure.
Dan Walker writes his young adult fiction book based on the experience he gained as a homesteader's son in rural Alaska. Later Dan went into education and in 1999 was awarded Teacher of the Year. Currently, Dan lives and writes on Bear Lake, outside of Seward, Alaska and blogs about his Alaskan adventures.