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Kings of the Yukon: One Summer Paddling Across the Far North

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One man's thrilling and transporting journey by canoe across Alaska in search of the king salmon

The Yukon river is 2,000 miles long, the longest stretch of free-flowing river in the United States. In this riveting examination of one of the last wild places on earth, Adam Weymouth canoes along the river's length, from Canada's Yukon Territory, through Alaska, to the Bering
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 15th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader & Traveling Sister
5 King Salmon stars to Kings of the Yukon! 🐟 🐟 🐟 🐟 🐟

We traveled to Alaska and the Yukon Territory on our honeymoon, and I must say, I have never seen anything more majestic, pristinely beautiful, and untouched, as the Yukon, its waters, the land, the mountains.

In Kings of the Yukon, Adam Weymouth weaves a tale of adventure, his own in fact, as he travels the Yukon River by canoe in order to study the migration patterns of the king salmon, also including the history of the fish.

But this book i
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just won a giveaway for this book! Yay! I'm so excited to read this one. Sounds like it will be a book I'll really enjoy. Review coming ASAP!

Update: just received my goodreads giveaway copy in the mail! Hopefully review coming soon.

Well, I finally finished this book and can happily say that I loved it!
a beautiful mixture of nature, adventure, history, natural science, sociology and politics. The author shows how all of these things are intertwined with the history of the Chinook and has clearl
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Author Adam Weymouth paddled thousands of miles in a four-month journey down the Yukon River in an effort to puzzle out the status and patterns of the king salmon migration. Here, he offers a fascinating account of his experiences, of the life cycle and current state of these magnificent creatures, of the people who have historically fished for them, and of the agencies that study and manage them. This is a thoughtful and powerful book, one that presents the complex forces and issues of this cou ...more
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Visited Alaska and the Yukon last summer. To be able to read about the places that we visited was a delightful experience, able to remember the scenery and people who make their homes along the Yukon. If you are planning a trip, read the book as you travel, you won't regret it. Well written book.
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The travelogue is a type of writing that attracts the fellow adventurer and the envious spectator. My hope is that this book will create awareness of this cause and commit both parties to action. Kings of the Yukon serves as a homage to the animals, the people, the land, and the journey. The paddle is the only way this story could have been written. Excellent job Mr. Weymouth.

Thank you to NetGalley, Little, Brown, and Co., and Adam Weymouth for the advanced copy for review.

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May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Yukon River in Alaska is home to the king salmon, a fish that has been commercially hunted to the point of absolute peril and which also forms a large part of the religious and cultural life of the indigenous folk of both Alaska and Canada. (Adam Weymouth, in Kings of the Yukon, uses the words "Indian" and "Eskimo" to distinguish between ethnic groups which are not differentiated by catch-all terms like "First Nations" or "indigenous peoples". He notes, also, that many Alaskan indigenes use ...more
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is such a beautiful read. Both travel writing and an exploration of the relationship between fish and man, oddly enough both aspects just as captivating. I was very fond of reading about all the people Adam meets on his trip, their habits, their ways and traditions - it's also a very sensual account, whereby you can almost smell the fish and feel the wind and taste the clear water. Just beautiful.

There is the odd trail-off into imagined (or are they real?) scenarios which to me felt a litt
Sondra Brooks
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I mistakenly thought this was a memoir about a canoe ride up the Yukon. Since I love adventure stories, it seemed a perfect choice for me. Little did I know, I would learn more about King Salmon than I ever thought possible. I was pleasantly surprised, however, with the author's beautifully descriptive voice, and I felt I was right there with him in that canoe. His writing about the plight of the salmon could have stood alone as an interesting nonfiction in its own right, but what really kept me ...more
Buck Edwards
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
'Kings of the Yukon' is not a book, it is a journey. The author, in a canoe, has set out to try and understand the decline in the king salmon population over the years in Canada and Alaska. Paddling from the source to the mouth, some 2000 miles, Adam Weymouth, a Londoner, meets an array of river characters and listens to both their tales of woe as well as their speculations.

Though Weymouth, like many others, throws out those tedious numbers--15 million years ago, 1 billion this and that years a
Stephen Richardson
May 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Only seems appropriate as I'll be canoeing 200+ miles down the Yukon this summer.
Slightly disappointing. Don't worry Jack London, Pierre Berton, or Robert Service you're in no danger.
Kings of the Yukon is a nonfiction book that defies classification. It serves several purposes: it chronicles the author's trip traversing the Yukon; follows the salmon's journey with stops along the way at places that count or propigate them as well as places where people catch them or factories process them; tells of the history of the salmon and the folk who depend on them for food and livelihood; and looks at the science and folk wisdom surrounding the many viewpoints on the reasons for the ...more
Peter Kralka
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting narrative of life on the Yukon River told by someone who paddled its entire length in a canoe. Vivid descriptions of the ever changing landscape, visits and discussions with the peoples who live on the river banks and their ways of life. The peoples lives historically revolved around the Chinook or King salmon and greed by both national and foreign companies have decimated the salmon populations which in turn greatly affected the peoples of the Yukon River. Government actions to p ...more
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Adam Weymouth recounts a 2000-mile canoe trip, from the upstream end of the Yukon River’s tributaries to its sprawling delta on Alaska’s Bering Sea coast. As a travel tale the book is first-rate. But Weymouth’s keen interest in the Chinook – aka King – Salmon, and his listening skills when he meets dozens of river-dwellers whose cultures have been shaped by the migrations of this fish, combine to fascinating, awe-inspiring, and often heart-breaking effect.

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Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I learned a lot about salmon! Cool that they have an osmotic change when going from fresh to salt and back. Was expecting more of a man against nature story of a river trip. Guess you could say it is a nature against man story. Good writing. Recommend it for anyone with an interest in wildlife ecology or traveling in Alaska.
Elaine Burnes
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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You can’t write about nature these days without being depressing. In Kings of the Yukon Weymouth points out all the ways we are destroying not just the salmon but the entire Arctic. Sigh. But excellent.
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meandering like the Yukon - but brilliantly detailed and scarily precise about the catastrophic reduction of the salmon population. An important read.
Kevin Archer
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I can certainly say that I know more about salmon than I did before, and I learned it through an interesting story of a trip down a river in a canoe. This was well written and compelling in the subplots of the fight of commercialized versus subsistence fishing and the impact this battle has had on the people and cultures on the front lines. This book is a solid 3.5 stars and worth reading. While the book gets bogged down on technical details which reinforce the backdrop of the internal battle of ...more
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