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Endurance, Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

Endurance, Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

by Alfred Lansing

  • HISTORY
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Lansing's gripping day-by-day story of Shackleton's legendary perseverance is essential reading for any Antarctic traveler. This 100th anniversary edition is outfitted with maps, an expanded selection of Frank Hurley's photographs and an introduction by Nathaniel Philbrick. (ANT396, $16.99)

Love and War in the Apennines

Love and War in the Apennines

by Eric Newby

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 276 PAGES

This unassuming memoir of remarkable wartime adventures in German-occupied WWII Italy is perhaps Newby's best book. (ITL171, $14.99)

Tracks, A Woman's Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback

Tracks, A Woman's Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback

by Robyn Davidson

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

The true story of a woman's trek across the Australian Outback -- an adventurous tale shot through with a feel for the landscape and empathy for the Aborigines she meets along the way. (AUS15, $15.95)

Wild, From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Wild, From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

by Cheryl Strayed

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 315 PAGES

The dramatic and uplifting account of a young woman's lone trek through California and Oregon to the border of Washington state along the Pacific Crest Trail. Strayed's intrepid journey would challenge and frustrate but ultimately strengthen and heal the young hiker on a quest for self-reinvention. (PNW326, $15.95)

Among the Russians

Among the Russians

by Colin Thubron

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

The marvelous account of a 10,000-mile journey by car from St. Petersburg and the Baltic States south to Georgia and Armenia in 1981. A gifted writer and intrepid traveler, Thubron grapples with the complexities of Russian identity in this lyrical book. (RUS106, $14.99)

Peaks on the Horizon, Two Journeys in Tibet

Peaks on the Horizon, Two Journeys in Tibet

by Charlie Carroll

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

Two men recount their personal relationships with the volatile and awe-inspiring country of Tibet: an English teacher who, acting on a lifelong obsession, explores the region during sabbatical and a Tibetan exile stranded at the border as he strives to reunite with the love of his life. (TBT168, $16.95)

Into Thin Air, A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster

Into Thin Air, A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster

by Jon Krakauer

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 360 PAGES

In this bestseller, climber and journalist Krakauer reconstructs a minute-by-minute account of what went wrong on the great mountain in 1996. (HML13, $16.00)

Eccentric Islands, Travels Real and Imaginary

Eccentric Islands, Travels Real and Imaginary

by Bill Holm

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 346 PAGES

Holm mixes his meditative journeys to five actual islands (Iceland, Madagascar, Molokai, Isla Mujeres and Mallard Island) with utterly made-up places in this poetic, philosophical inquiry into the myth and meaning of islands. (TVL112, $22.00)

West with the Night

West with the Night

by Beryl Markham

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 294 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Markham evokes the landscapes, people and wildlife of East Africa in engrossing detail in this classic memoir of amazing adventures as a bush pilot in 1930s Kenya. A favorite. (EAF10, $16.00)

The Sex Lives of Cannibals, Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific

The Sex Lives of Cannibals, Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific

by J. Maarten Troost

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Dragged unwittingly with his wife to Kiribati, the author settled down to explore the island and its eccentric inhabitants in this hilarious, disturbing first book. It's a fascinating, decidedly unromantic glimpse into island life. (PAC146, $15.00)

Deep Down Dark

Deep Down Dark

by Hector Tobar

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

Journalist Tobar brings to light the stories of the 33 men who were trapped for 69 days in the San Jose Mine outside of Copiapo, Chile in 2010 through this spirited survival tale that ultimately probes the soul of Chile itself. (CHI97, $16.00)

Without You, There Is No Us, My Time With the Sons of North Korea's Elite

Without You, There Is No Us, My Time With the Sons of North Korea's Elite

by Suki Kim

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

In this stirring memoir, South Korean writer-journalist Suki Kim recounts her experiences teaching heartbreakingly brainwashed students at a North Korean university -- a censored, prison-like environment. (KOR71, $15.00)

The Almost Nearly Perfect People, Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia

The Almost Nearly Perfect People, Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia

by Michael Booth

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

Guardian journalist Booth writes with laugh-out-loud humor and brutal candor about the Scandinavians, mixing history and his own experiences in Nordic regions in this searing cultural portrait. (SCN83, $17.00)

Cry, The Beloved Country

Cry, The Beloved Country

by Alan Paton

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 317 PAGES

The deeply moving story of Reverend Kumalo's quest for justice. First published in 1948, it is a striking, poetic tribute to the power of the individual and a trenchant indictment of apartheid. (SAF30, $16.00)

Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye

Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye

by Marie Mutsuki Mockett

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

When her American father passes away, Mockett seeks consolation in her mother's home country of Japan. She visits a radiation zone, a Buddhist school, temples and festivals in an effort to understand the Japanese way of grieving, to bury her dead and find healing. (JPN460, $16.95)

This Cold Heaven

This Cold Heaven

by Gretel Ehrlich

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Ehrlich spent seven seasons in Greenland, mostly alone, traveling by boat, helicopter, plane and dogsled. This exhilarating book reflects her insight, knowledge and deep appreciation of the people and barren landscapes of the north. (ARC107, $18.95)

 

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