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Finding True North
by Molly Rettig


About Me

Molly Rettig is an Alaska journalist and author whose writing focuses on science, history, and the environment. With a sharp eye and a conversational style, she shines light on gold miners and whaling captains, oil workers and Indigenous healers, illuminating the differences that enrich us as well as our shared humanity.

Molly has worked as a reporter at the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, covered sled dog racing for Alaska Public Radio, and explored frozen landslides for Alaska magazine. She published her first book, Finding True North, through the University of Alaska Press in 2021.

Other Stories by Molly Rettig
My Books
Reviews for Finding True North

"Rettig is a natural storyteller, illuminating her subjects in rich, penetrating prose...Finding True North is a finely wrought series of portraits depicting humans’ impact on the largest American state."

–Kirkus Reviews

"With unusually vivid storytelling unfolding across an epic canvas, Molly Rettig gives voice to the men and women–miners, trappers and pilots, archaeologists and Native elders–whose lives trace the history of modern Alaska, and explain why the Great Land exerts such a powerful grip on the national imagination. Molly Rettig is one hell of a writer, and in Finding True North spins one hell of a story."

–Scott Weidensaul, 

author of Pulitzer Prize finalist Living on the Wind

"Finding True North is unlike any Alaska book I have previously encountered...This is a book about Alaska as a homeland, with its many quandaries. And about how its author, by listening to those who have long lived here, found her own home."

–Anchorage Daily News

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Dec 03, 2021, 10:00 AM
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2156 Koyukuk Dr, Fairbanks, AK 99775
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