Coming into the Country is an unforgettable account of Alaska and Alaskans circa 1976. It is a rich tapestry of vivid characters, observed landscapes, and descriptive narrative, in three principal segments that deal, respectively, with a total wilderness, with urban Alaska, and with life in the remoteness of the bush.
In the course of this volume we become acquainted with the lore and techniques of placer mining, the habits and legends of the barren-ground grizzly, the outlook of a young Athapaskan chief, and tales of the fortitude of settlers—ordinary people compelled by extraordinary dreams.
Beautifully written, this is an even-handed look at environmental issues, as well as a hilarious portrait of some unforgettable Alaskan characters.
Originally published in "The New Yorker."