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South To Alaska

Great New Book By Nancy Owens Barnes

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SOUTH TO ALASKA: From The Heartland Of America To The Heart Of A Dream

In Oklahoma in 1926, ten-year-old Melvin dreams of living in Alaska. Nearly fifty years later he builds a 47-foot boat in his backyard, launches it on the Arkansas River and cruises to Alaska by way of the Panama Canal.

Prior to his journey, Melvin had never been south of the United States border and had never been on a boat in the open ocean. A true story of courage, love and endurance, South to Alaska follows Melvin's dangerous journey through a watery world he knows little about, to a world he cannot forget.


"Especially during the scorching Arizona summer, this is a “cool” read. — Carol L. Allen, Arizona Boating & Watersports/Western Outdoor Times.

“Rarely do I find a book so compelling that I can’t put it down until I’ve reached the very last word. But…South to Alaska…is that rare book. –Libbie Martin, Fairbanks Daily News

“A beautiful reminder that life begins where your comfort zone ends.” –Holly Chase Williams, Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living Magazine.

“A journey even Huck Finn would have admired.” –Dan Webster, Spokesman Review.


About Barnes

In 2009, Coeur d’Alene Magazine featured author and freelance writer Nancy Owens Barnes as one of nine north Idaho writers who have gained acclaim for their work. In 2008 she received the Zola Award for poetry from the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, and in 2007 was selected as Writer of the Year by the Idaho Writers League.

Barnes received her BA degree from Vermont College of Norwich University where she studied creative writing. After spending her childhood and young adult years in Oklahoma and Arkansas, Barnes moved to Alaska in 1973, where she lived more than 25 years. She currently resides in northern Idaho.


Distributed by Ingram Book Company, South to Alaska may be ordered through your local bookstores and is available through a number of online booksellers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Signed copies of South to Alaska may be purchased through the author’s websites

Book Details

ISBN-10: 098239022X ISBN-13: 9780982390221
Genre: Biographical Travel Memoir
Publication Date: 1st Edition, October 2007, 2nd Edition August 2009
Binding: Trade Paperback, 286 pages


Author: Nancy Owens Barnes

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