University of Alaska PRESS

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6 x 9, 264 pages, black & white photographs, maps, notes, index

Format: paper

Price: $24.95

2007

Good Company

A Mining Family in Fairbanks, Alaska

by Isto, Sarah Crawford



A charming and beautifully rendered glimpse of Alaska history.
Phyllis Movius, author of When the Geese Come

"General readers should appreciate...the charm of Isto's account, with its blend of nostalgia and critical insight concerning a time and place she recalls for our enjoyment."
Ken Owens, California State University, Sacramento

Good Company is a vivid and compelling story of life in early twentieth-century Alaska. From the lean years of the Depression through World War II and Vietnam, Sarah Isto's family made a home in company housing in the small mining town of Fairbanks. With a wry sense of humor and an eye for detail, Isto tells of the courtship and marriage of her parents and her own Fairbanks childhood, weaving rich descriptions of daily life and northern living into her story.

With grace and perception, Good Company celebrates the joys and challenges of family life on the Alaska frontier.

Sarah Crawford Isto was born and raised in Fairbanks. She received a master's degree in English from the University of Alaska and a medical degree from the University of Washington. A family physician in Juneau for twenty years, Sarah is now retired. Each spring and fall, she and her husband return to their remote cabin in Interior Alaska where they enjoy hiking, picking berries, and cross-country skiing.

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