Race Across Alaska: First Woman to Win the Iditarod Tells Her Story

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Explores the history of the trail and celebrated the frontiersmen and their dogs who braved its dangers.
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Explores the history of the trail and celebrated the frontiersmen and their dogs who braved its dangers.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Born in Wisconsin, Riddles was 16 when she moved to Alaska in 1972. After working at various odd jobs and becoming involved in sled dog racing, in 1985 she entered the ``Iditarod,'' a grueling sled-dog marathon on the Iditarod Trail from Anchorage to Nome. Nineteen days and 1200 miles later, she emerged from a raging blizzard and crossed the finish line to become the first woman to win this race. This fast-paced description of her bout against both the elements and veteran competitors generates electrical excitement. Former newspaper editor Jones (the Chicago Tribune and the Wall Street Journal, among others) contributes short background articles covering trail history, fabric booties that protect the dogs' feet, checkpoint procedures, etc. There are 11 black-and-white photos and maps at the beginning of each chapter showing Riddles's daily position. (February)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811722537
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/1988
  • Pages: 239
  • Sales rank: 368,109
  • Lexile: 1010L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.76 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2008

    Amazing Lady, Amazing Book

    I couldn't put this book down, even though I already knew the outcome. Libby makes you feel like you are riding along in the sled with her. Her love for her dogs had me up loving on my two dogs more than once. This book gives a wonderful understanding of the Iditarod. What a remarkable lady.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2006

    A great read!

    I received this book as a Xmas gift. I have always loved northern breed dogs. This book is simply amazing! I feel the cold, I even see in my mind's eye, the varying landscape, the moonlight on the snow, the wind blowing past, blinding snow, the yipping of the dogs. Well done! :D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2004

    Amazingly true book

    i myself am a dog sled racer and this book is the best book i have ever read, Libby riddles is a true hero in my book and she writes a dang good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2002

    Couldn't put down!!

    I just finished 'Race Across Alaska,' and this is the best book I've ever read...seriously. I HIGHLY recommend it.

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