Why The Great Alone Would Make Great Summer Reading | Book Contest

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Why The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah Would Make Great Summer Reading:

  • It is hot outside, but it is COLD in this book. That’s right, The Great Alone is set in winter, in ALASKA, prior to this whole global warming thing.
  • Do you like to sink your teeth into big books over the summer? Well, this book is 440 pages and yes, it looks to be engaging throughout ALL of those pages.
  • Picture it, Alaska, 1974. I know time machines aren’t real and books are the closest we can get to another time. When I read a book, I want to be transported. I think that The Great Alone will do the trick.
  • This book is STILL in the top 100 on Amazon and it was released back in February. People are still buying it, so it must be good. Also, it has an average 4.35 rating with over 75,000 ratings on goodreads. If that’s not an endorsement, I don’t know what is. The people have spoken.
  • Okay, so the summary makes this book sound emotional and like it covers the full range of the human experience, and I am just HERE for that.
  • If you’re in a town with cool people and have a book club, I guess this would make a legit book club read too. Alas, I have no cool people to be in a book club with.

Want to know more about this book while you’re scrolling your social medias and your internets:

Read an excerpt from The Great Alone

Watch a video of author Kristin Hannah on The Great Alone

Here’s the summary though:

An instant #1 New York Times bestseller (February 2018)! 

“A TOUR DE FORCE.” —Kirkus (starred review)

Alaska, 1974.
Unpredictable. Unforgiving. Untamed.
For a family in crisis, the ultimate test of survival.

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if means following him into the unknown.

At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers. In a wild, remote corner of the state, they find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the Allbrights’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources.

But as winter approaches and darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own. In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves.

In this unforgettable portrait of human frailty and resilience, Kristin Hannah reveals the indomitable character of the modern American pioneer and the spirit of a vanishing Alaska—a place of incomparable beauty and danger. The Great Alone is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature.

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Also, a little bit about Kristin Hannah in case you were curious:

Kristin Hannah is the New York Times bestselling author more than twenty novels. A former lawyer turned writer, she is the mother of one son and lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii.


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  1. Danielle Hammelef says

    I’m currently reading Superheros Suck as well as Running Through Sprinklers.

  2. I’m currently reading Hell Divers 3 by Nicholas Sansbury Smith.

  3. I am listening to House of Secrets by Chris Columbus on audiobook. Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. Dear Rachel Maddow

  5. I’m currently reading Dread Nation by Justina Ireland and Devil of the Highlands by Linsay Sands. So I’m really enjoying both.

  6. Stacy Peart says

    Currently I am reading Kiss the Girls.

  7. nothing now

  8. This sounds like a fascinating book. Also, I feel you on the no cool people to have a book club with problem.

    Right now I’m reading Susan Cain’s Quiet.

  9. The Red Queen!

  10. I’m reading Beneath a Scarlet Sky.

  11. I’m reading Goodbye, Sweet Girl by Kelly Sundberg

  12. Nancy Loring says

    I am reading “Crash and Burn” by Lisa Gardner.

  13. Christy Peeples DuBois says

    I just finished a book by Greg Isle that my Mother had from the library and I’m blank on the name of it. His books are good. I read so much that the titles start sounding the same.

  14. I am currently reading the kremlin’s candidate . I love the CIA spy thriller, it is the last one in the trilogy !

  15. Tandi Cortez says

    I am currently reading the book “Wonder” with my daughter! Its really good so far! 🙂

  16. Tamara Regan says

    I have been on a mission to help my son with his reading. So, I have been fully immersed in The Magic Treehouse series with him.

  17. I’ve been really busy this summer so I’m not reading anything at this time.

  18. Heather S says

    The Girl on the Train

  19. I’m reading Primal Wound.

  20. Heather Kelly says

    Nothing right now.

  21. LeAnn Harbert says

    I’m reading The Miracle Season.

  22. Right now I’m reading To America with Love, by A. A. Gill

  23. kathy Persons says

    Haven’t had a chance to start a new read yet. Summer business

  24. Annamarie V says

    I’m currently reading The Lido by Lilly Page.

  25. Angelica Dimeo says

    I am not currently reading anything

  26. amy guillaume linderman says

    i have a giant stack of amish fiction my mom gave me

  27. PattiAnn Green says

    I am currently reading Dangerous Lover by Lisa Marie Rice.

  28. Renee Rousseau says

    I am reading Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant.

  29. Shakeia Rieux says

    I’m not reading anything right now.

  30. Sherri J says

    I’m reading a book called Platform.

  31. wen budro says

    I am currently reading The Lovely Bones. It is beautiful and tragic.

  32. I am reading ” No man’s land.

  33. Darlene Owen says

    I am reading Gone with the Wind.

  34. I am reading Mary Wakefield by Mazo de la Roche. I’m enjoying it — old fashioned historical fiction.

  35. A mystery called Buried in Books.