Letters from Alaska

by Norma Bartoo/Richard Bartoo


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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/8/2013

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 286
ISBN : 9781483674452
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 286
ISBN : 9781483674469

About the Book

Letters from Alaska Someone has commented that the Bartoo family is made of people who are highly literate, adventurous, and in love with the outdoors and animals. From the articles in this collection, I think any reader will agree with that. In their 30 to 40 years of living in Alaska, my mom and dad wrote many things to describe what their life was like. Some were letters written to family and friends, some were trapping logs, some were just personal accounts of activities on hunting trips and other travels, often written strictly for their own enjoyment. My mother and dad were over 50 when they moved to Alaska, and started a new life there. From my mother’s letters over the years, she tells all about their life in Alaska in the 20th century. She makes the stories of their experiences come alive: hunting for moose, goats, or caribou; then fishing for salmon and halibut, and how they lost the Salmon Derby; and their fur trapping of mink, martin, etc. The perennial question folks ask, “What’s it like to live in Alaska?” Mom answers from her viewpoint, both in showing details of daily routines of growing flowers while “weeding and feeding mosquitoes,” as well as how to prepare for spending weeks or months at a time “in the bush” on their annual trapping trip.


About the Author

Richard Bartoo Richard is a chemical engineer who has traveled extensively around the world. Since retirement, he has settled down in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife and grandchildren. For over 40 years, he and his mother Norma Bartoo who lived in Alaska, wrote many letters back and forth. Norma passed away in 2000, and Richard has started editing some of the many letters from this correspondence, much of which is about experiencing life in Alaska – hunting, fishing, trapping, and just living outdoors.