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Touching the Void
The True Story of One Man's Miraculous Survival
Joe Simpson - Feb 03, 2004 (first published in 1988)
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Touching the Void is the heart-stopping account of Joe Simpson's terrifying adventure in the Peruvian Andes. He and his climbing partner, Simon, reached the summit of the remote Siula Grande in June 1985. A few days later, Simon staggered into Base Camp, exhausted and frost-bitten, with news that that Joe was dead.What happened to Joe, and how the ...
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Penny Smith
The Worst Journey in the World
Apsley Cherry-Garrard - Feb 28, 2006 (first published in 1922)
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The Worst Journey in the World recounts Robert Falcon Scott's ill-fated expedition to the South Pole. Apsley Cherry-Garrard, the youngest member of Scott's team and one of three men to make and survive the notorious Winter Journey, draws on his firsthand experiences as well as the diaries of his compatriots to create a stirring and detailed account...
Lands of Lost Borders
A Journey on the Silk Road
Kate Harris - Aug 21, 2018
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NATIONAL BESTSELLERWINNER OF THE RBC TAYLOR PRIZE WINNER OF THE EDNA STAEBLER AWARD FOR CREATIVE NON-FICTION "Every day on a bike trip is like the one before--but it is also completely different, or perhaps you are different, woken up in new ways by the mile."As a teenager, Kate Harris realized that the career she most craved--that of a generalist ...
Endurance
Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
Alfred Lansing - Apr 28, 2015 (first published in 1959)
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The harrowing tale of British explorer Ernest Shackleton's 1914 attempt to reach the South Pole, one of the greatest adventure stories of the modern age. In August 1914, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton boarded the Endurance and set sail for Antarctica, where he planned to cross the last uncharted continent on foot. In January 1915, after battling ...
Desert Solitaire
A Season in the Wilderness
Edward Abbey - Jan 01, 1971 (first published in 1968)
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First published in 1968, Desert Solitaire is one of Edward Abbey’s most critically acclaimed works and marks his first foray into the world of nonfiction writing. Written while Abbey was working as a ranger at Arches National Park outside of Moab, Utah, Desert Solitaire is a rare view of one man’s quest to experience nature in its purest form.Throu...
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Maria Popova
The Kon-Tiki Expedition
Thor Heyerdahl - Apr 30, 1996 (first published in 1948)
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Kon-Tiki is the record of an astonishing adventure -- a journey of 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean by raft. Intrigued by Polynesian folklore, biologist Thor Heyerdahl suspected that the South Sea Islands had been settled by an ancient race from thousands of miles to the east, led by a mythical hero, Kon-Tiki. He decided to prove his t...
A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush
Eric Newby - Dec 21, 2010 (first published in 1958)
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When Eric Newby, fashion industry worker and inexperienced hill walker, decided after 10 years in haute couture he needed a change he took 4 days training in Wales then walked the Hindu Kush. This is his account of an entertaining time in the hills!...
In Patagonia
Bruce Chatwin - Mar 01, 2003 (first published in 1977)
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An exhilarating look at a place that still retains the exotic mystery of a far-off, unseen land, Bruce Chatwin’s exquisite account of his journey through Patagonia teems with evocative descriptions, remarkable bits of history, and unforgettable anecdotes. Fueled by an unmistakable lust for life and adventure and a singular gift for storytelling, Ch...
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Richard Branson
Tracks
A Woman's Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback
Robyn Davidson - May 30, 1995 (first published in 1980)
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NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURERobyn Davidson's opens the memoir of her perilous journey across 1,700 miles of hostile Australian desert to the sea with only four camels and a dog for company with the following words: “I experienced that sinking feeling you get when you know you have conned yourself into doing something difficult and there's no going ba...
West with the Night
Beryl Markham - Jan 22, 2013 (first published in 1942)
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If the first responsibility of a memoirist is to lead a life worth writing about, Markham succeeded beyond all measure. Born Beryl Clutterbuck in the middle of England, she spent her life defying all expectations of how a woman should live and what a single person can achieve.Markham and her father moved to Kenya when she was a girl, and she grew u...
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Hillary Clinton
Wind, Sand and Stars
Antoine de Saint-Exupery - Oct 14, 1992 (first published in 1939)
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Recipient of the Grand Prix of the Académie Française, Wind, Sand and Stars captures the grandeur, danger, and isolation of flight. Its exciting account of air adventure, combined with lyrical prose and the spirit of a philosopher, makes it one of the most popular works ever written about flying. Translated by Lewis Galantière....
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Edward Norton
The Martian by Andy Weir
Adrift by Steven Callahan
AWOL on the Appalachian Trail by David Miller
The Journals of Lewis and Clark by Meriwether Lewis
Becoming Odyssa by Jennifer Pharr Davis
My Journey to Lhasa by Alexandra David-Neel
The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz
Following Atticus by Tom Ryan
Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum
Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger
The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen
Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales
Running Home by Katie Arnold
Braving It by James Campbell
Your Very Own Robot by R. A. Montgomery
The Magic of the Unicorn by Deborah Lerme Goodman
Young Men and Fire by Norman Maclean
Skeletons on the Zahara by Dean King
The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin
Annapurna by Arlene Blum
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
The Emerald Mile by Kevin Fedarko
Marching Powder by Thomas McFadden
Mountaineering by The Mountaineers
Bushcraft 101 by Dave Canterbury
North by Scott Jurek
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
A Voyage for Madmen by Peter Nichols
Mawson's Will by Lennard Bickel
The Last Englishman by Keith Foskett
Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
The Choice by Dr. Edith Eva Eger
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire by J.K. Rowling
The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer
The House of Hades Heroes of Olympus, The, Book Four by Rick Riordan
The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer
Fablehaven Complete Set by Brandon Mull
The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer
With the Old Breed by E.B. Sledge
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling
The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer
The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer
The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede
Hogwarts Library by J.K. Rowling
The Heroes of Olympus, Book Three The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Golden Son by Pierce Brown
The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
Keys to the Demon Prison by Brandon Mull
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
The Heroes of Olympus, Book Five The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
Island of Fire by Lisa McMann
The Emperor of Nihon-Ja by John Flanagan
Crystal Keepers by Brandon Mull
The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 3 The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan
Halt's Peril by John Flanagan
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
The Outcasts by John Flanagan
The Royal Ranger by John Flanagan
The Tournament at Gorlan Ranger's Apprentice by John Flanagan
Chasing the Prophecy by Brandon Mull
Rogue Knight by Brandon Mull
The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict by Trenton Lee Stewart
Death Weavers by Brandon Mull
Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull
What Should Danny Do? by Adir Levy
Island of Silence by Lisa McMann
The Heroes of Olympus Hardcover Boxed Set by Rick Riordan
Island of Legends by Lisa McMann
Way of the Warrior Kid by Jocko Willink
Island of Graves by Lisa McMann
Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard
Septimus Heap, Book Seven by Angie Sage
Island of Shipwrecks by Lisa McMann
Island of Dragons by Lisa McMann
Time Jumpers by Brandon Mull
Last of the Breed by Louis L'Amour
A World Undone by G. J. Meyer