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The Carry Home

by Gary Ferguson Counterpoint (October 20, 2014)

The nature writing of Gary Ferguson arises out of intimate experience. He trekked 500 miles through Yellowstone to write Walking Down the Wild and spent a season in the field at a wilderness therapy program...


The Unsolved Oak Island Mystery 3-Book Bundle: The Oak Island Mystery / Oak Island Family / Oak Island Obsession

by Lionel and Patricia Fanthorpe & Lee Lamb Dundurn (March 04, 2014)

This collection tells the complete story of efforts to determine the truth about a mysterious, possibly man-made shaft on Oak Island, Nova Scotia, which became the focus of mystics and treasure hunters.


Canoeing a Continent: On the Trail of Alexander Mackenzie

by Max Finkelstein Dundurn (March 21, 2005)

A personal account of the travels of Max Finkelstein as he retraces, some 200 years later, the route of Alexander Mackenzie, the first European to cross North America.


Inside The Rainbow

by Sandy Sinclair eBookIt.com (April 09, 2011)

INSIDE THE RAINBOW by Sandy Sinclair, Alaskan bush teacher

Not just memoirs of an ol' teacher but the author deals with how the events of the past may be connected to our current life.

Beside the Alaska adventures...


Mercator

by Nicholas Crane Henry Holt and Co. (September 01, 2014)

An enthralling biography of the man who created the first real map of the world and changed civilization

Born at the dawn of the age of discovery, Gerhard Mercator lived in an era of formidable intellectual and...


Flirting with Mermaids: The Unpredictable Life of a Sailboat Delivery Skipper

by John Kretschmer Sheridan House (March 01, 2003)

The adventure-laden tales of a sailboat delivery skipper, in his own words. Consistently captivating, John Kretschmer's stories are alternately funny and harrowing.


Titanic Survivor

by Violet Jessop & John Maxtone-Graham Sheridan House (April 04, 2012)

Violet Jessop survived the sinking of both the Titanic and Britannic, and her lively and well-rounded memoir including her first-hand account of the two disasters offers the reader a unique vantage on both the...


The Long Way

by Bernard Moitessier & William Rodarmor Sheridan House (January 01, 1995)

Bernard Moitessier was in the lead and nearing the finish of the Golden Cup—a solo circumnavigation of the world—when he abandoned the race and set his course for a personal journey that would conclude three...


Cycling Home from Siberia

by Rob Lilwall Howard Books (April 05, 2011)

" It is late October, and the temperature is already -40 degrees . . . My thoughts are filled with frozen rivers that may or may not hold my weight; empty, forgotten valleys haunted by emaciated ghosts; and...


Sally Ride

by Lynn Sherr Simon & Schuster (June 03, 2014)

The definitive biography of Sally Ride, America's first woman in space, with exclusive insights from Ride's family and partner, by the ABC reporter who covered NASA during its transformation from a test-pilot...


Ladies of the Field: Early Women Archaeologists and Their Search for Adventure

by Amanda Adams Greystone Books (September 17, 2010)

The first women archaeologists were Victorian era adventurers who felt most at home when farthest from it. Canvas tents were their domains, hot Middle Eastern deserts their gardens of inquiry and labor. Thanks...


Over the Moat

by James Sullivan Picador (May 19, 2014)

In the fall of 1992, James Sullivan travels to Vietnam to bicycle from Saigon to Hanoi. He has just finished graduate school and has an assignment to write a magazine story about a country that is still subject...


Alaska's First Bush Pilots, 1923-30: And The Winter In Siberia For Eielson and Borland

by Jim Rearden & Richard Wien Alaska Northwest Books (January 14, 2014)

This book follows the careers of Alaska's pioneering pilots, who, with cranky open-cockpit biplanes, started the great change in Alaska's way of travel. Aviation first arrived at Fairbanks, the trade center...


The Source of All Things

by Tracy Ross Free Press (March 08, 2011)

Tracy Ross never knew her biological father, who died after a brain aneurysm when she was still an infant. So when her mother married Donnie, a gregarious man with an all-wheel-drive jeep and a love of hiking,...


Sir Walter Raleigh

by Raleigh Trevelyan Henry Holt and Co. (March 10, 2014)

An enthralling new biography of the most exciting and charismatic adventurer in the history of the English-speaking world

Tall, dark, handsome, and damnably proud, Sir Walter Raleigh was one of history's most...


Looking for Alaska

by Peter Jenkins St. Martin's Press (March 17, 2014)

More than twenty years ago, a disillusioned college graduate named Peter Jenkins set out with his dog Cooper to look for himself and his nation. His memoir of what he found, A Walk Across America, captured the...


Socialist Dreams and Beauty Queens

by Jamie Maslin Skyhorse (March 04, 2014)

Couchsurfer, hitchhiker, and rogue wanderer Jamie Maslin embarks on a couchsurfing adventure to the homeland of firebrand," populist," anti-American" president Hugo Chavez: the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela....


Dangerous Passage: Issues in the Arctic

by Gerard Kenney Natural Heritage (May 29, 2006)

The story of the opening up of the Northwest Passage and the ensuing potential risks to the Arctic environment and Canadian sovereignty are explored.


Arctic Naturalist: The Life of J. Dewey Soper

by Anthony Dalton Dundurn (September 20, 2010)

J. Dewey Soper was the last of the great pioneer naturalists in Canada, spending many years in the Arctic where he discovered the breeding grounds of the blue goose and charted the final unknown region of Baffin...


Heartbreak and Heroism: Canadian Search and Rescue Stories

by John Melady Dundurn (October 01, 1997)

Accounts of some of the most dramatic search-and-rescue operations ever attempted in Canada.


The Sound of Wings

by Mary S. Lovell St. Martin's Griffin (February 17, 2014)

When Amelia Earhart mysteriously disappeared in 1937 during her attempted flight around the world, she was already known as America's most famous female aviator. Her sense of daring and determination, rare for...


Buffalo Bill's Life Story: An Autobiography

by William Fredrick Cody Dover Publications (November 06, 2012)

Thrilling yarns of buffalo hunts, Indian life, and riding with the Pony Express abound in this exciting memoir of life in the Old West. Illustrations by N. C. Wyeth.


The Indian Equator: Mark Twain's India Revisited

by Ian Strathcarron Dover Publications (June 26, 2013)

In 1895 Mark Twain conducted a year-long around-the-world lecture tour that formed the basis for Following the Equator. A modern-day journalist recounts Twain's passage through India and offers his own intriguing...


Memoirs of a Buccaneer: Dampier's New Voyage Round the World, 1697

by William Dampier Dover Publications (July 06, 2012)

This fascinating travel and adventure book tells of pirate life and offers a rare look at the 17th-century botany and anthropology of Central and South America and the East Indies. 7 illustrations.


Journey to the Sun

by Gregory Orfalea Scribner (January 14, 2014)

The fascinating narrative of the remarkable life of Junípero Serra, the intrepid priest who led Spain and the Catholic Church into California in the 1700s and became a key figure in the making of the American...


The Explorer Gene

by Tom Cheshire & James Cameron Atria Books/Marble Arch Press (December 03, 2013)

The remarkable account of an extraordinary family of explorers who spurred innovation and accomplished incredible feats--even when the popular consensus was against them.

On May 27, 1931, Auguste Piccard became...


Two Sides of the Moon

by David Scott, Alexei Leonov, Tom Hanks & Neil Armstrong Thomas Dunne Books (December 02, 2013)

Growing up on either side of the Iron Curtain, David Scott and Alexei Leonov experienced very different childhoods but shared the same dream to fly.

Excelling in every area of mental and physical agility, Scott...


Cold: Extreme Adventures at the Lowest Temperatures on Earth

by Ranulph Fiennes Simon & Schuster Uk (November 07, 2013)

There are only few human beings who can adapt, survive and thrive in the coldest regions on earth. And below a certain temperature, death is inevitable.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes has spent much of his life exploring...


The Mountain

by Ed Viesturs & David Roberts Touchstone (October 08, 2013)

In national bestseller The Mountain, world-renowned climber and bestselling author Ed Viesturs and cowriter David Roberts paint a vivid portrait of obsession, dedication, and human achievement in a true love...


Lowell Thomas Jr.: Flight to Adventure, Alaska and Beyond

by Lowell Thomas Jr. & Lew Freedman Alaska Northwest Books (September 22, 2013)

Lowell Thomas Jr., now eighty?nine, is a famed Alaskan who made his mark as a Bush pilot and by serving in state government, but who also has had a lifetime's worth of adventures that have taken him around the...


Howard Hughes: The Secret Life

by Charles Higham St. Martin's Griffin (September 23, 2013)

His wealth was legendary. His passions were bizarre. Now, the truth about the money, the madness, and the man behind the enigma.

Howard Hughes is one of the best known and least understood men of our times--famed...


The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain's Journey

by Linda Greenlaw Hachette Books (August 01, 2001)

The term fisherwoman does not exactly roll trippingly off the tongue, and Linda Greenlaw, the world's only female swordfish boat captain, isn't flattered when people insist on calling her one. "I am a woman....


No Way Down: Life and Death on K2

by Graham Bowley HarperCollins e-books (June 29, 2010)

No Way Down is both a gripping read and a clear-eyed investigation of the hubris, politics, and bad luck that brought on one of the worst disasters in modern mountaineering history.” — Michael Kodas,...


The Millionaire and the Mummies

by John M. Adams St. Martin's Press (June 24, 2013)

Egypt, The Valley of the Kings, 1905: An American robber baron peers through the hole he has cut in an ancient tomb wall and discovers the richest trove of golden treasure ever seen in Egypt.

At the start of...


Three Days In Nepal

by Jeandavid Blanc HarperCollins Publishers (February 04, 2014)

As a child, JeanDavid Blanc always dreamt of flying. A successful entrepreneur, he took up powered paragliding as soon as he had the means; at the drop of a hat, he would head off to experience the unique sensation...


You Can't Win

by Jack Black, Joe Coleman & William S Burroughs Feral House (June 21, 2013)

This underground sensation, with heretofore unpublished material by the author, will be released as a movie in 2013.


Bradford Washburn, An Extraordinary Life: The Autobiography of a Mountaineering Icon

by Bradford Washburn & Lew Freedman WestWinds Press (May 01, 2013)

Here at last is the thrilling memoir of the legendary mountaineer Bradford Washburn, one of the last surviving explorers and adventurers of the twentieth century. Drawing from decades of memories, journals,...


Over the Edge of the World

by Laurence Bergreen HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

The riveting story of Ferdinand Magellan’s historic 60,000-mile ocean voyage—now updated with a new introduction commemorating the 500th anniversary of his journey.

“Prodigious research, sure-footed prose...


Into the Abyss: An Extraordinary True Story

by Carol Shaben Grand Central Publishing (May 21, 2013)

Only four men survived the plane crash. The pilot. A politician. A cop... and the criminal he was shackled to.

On an icy night in October 1984, a commuter plane carrying nine passengers crashed in the remote...


The Magical Stranger

by Stephen Rodrick Harper (May 14, 2013)

The Magical Stranger is a moving story of love and sacrifice, fathers and sons, heroism and duty, soldiers and the families they leave behind.

On November 28, 1979, squadron commander and Navy pilot Peter Rodrick...


Brutal Journey

by Paul Schneider Henry Holt and Co. (April 25, 2013)

A gripping account of four explorers adrift in an unknown land and the harrowing journey that took them across North America 270 years before Lewis and Clark

One part Heart of Darkness, one part Lewis and Clark,...


Fire In The Bones

by James Raffan HarperCollins Publishers (November 09, 2010)

When Bill Mason set off alone into the wilderness in his red canoe, many people went with him, if only in their imaginations. Now, James Raffan leads us into the heart of the vast landscape that was Bill Mason's...


Emperor Of The North

by James Raffan HarperCollins Publishers (August 01, 2010)

The adventure-filled story of the legendary Hudson’s Bay Company is inextricably linked to the formation of a Canadian nation stretching from sea to sea to sea. In an absorbing and lively new book on The Bay,...


Desert Hawk

by Barbara Hehner HarperCollins (November 16, 2010)

The Desert Hawk is the story of James F. "Stocky" Edwards, one of Canada’s greatest WWII air aces, a fighter pilot who earned his nickname not because of his build, but because he would stand up to anything....


Chasing Shackleton

by Tim Jarvis William Morrow (January 07, 2014)

In this extraordinary adventure memoir and tie-in to the PBS documentary, Tim Jarvis, one of the world's leading explorers, describes his modern-day journey to retrace, for the first time ever—and in period...


David Crockett

by William Groneman Forge Books (February 05, 2007)

Perhaps no other figure in American history is more shrouded in myth and legend than David ("Davy") Crockett, the Tennessee frontiersman whose death at the Alamo in 1836 ensured his place in the Valhalla of...


The South Pole: An Account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the Fram, 1910-1912

by Captain Roald Amundsen & Roland Huntford Cooper Square Press (November 21, 2000)

The first explorer to reach the South Pole recounts the rigors of his expedition.


Pelletier

by Stephanie Anderson Melbourne Books (July 01, 2012)

This book tells the story of a French cabin boy, Narcisse Pelletier, and his life with the Uutaalnganu people of north-east Cape York from 1858 to 1875. Even though it is all but forgotten in Australia, and...


Peak Performance: The First Welsh Woman to Climb Everest

by Tori James Accent Press (December 20, 2012)

The youngest British woman and first Welsh woman to climb Everest


From the Plains of Africa to the Jungles of Parliament

by Barry Inc. Turner eBookIt.com (November 28, 2012)

In the first part of the book, the author regales us with real-life adventures as a Game Warden in the Mkomazi Game Reserve in Northern Tanzania. The work chronicles encounters with such luminaries as Patrick...