Adventure & Exploration

Updated September 25, 2023
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Rough magic : riding the world's loneliest horse race
Prior-Palmer, Lara
"Think the next Educated or Wild. Palmer's memoir of beating the odds to become a horse champion is an inspiring saga of perseverance--and a classic underdog tale." --Entertainment Weekly At the age of nineteen, Lara Prior-Palmer discovered a...
Chasing the thrill : obsession, death, and glory in America's most extraordinary treasure hunt
Barbarisi, Daniel
"Daniel Barbarisi plunges into an adventure from another era when he goes in search of buried treasure, guided only by a cryptic poem, a mischievous art collector, and the footsteps another pursuer who died on the quest... Every page draws you deeper into this no-man's-land where fortune--or...
Into thin air : a personal account of the Mount Everest disaster
Krakauer, Jon.
When Jon Krakauer reached the summit of Mt. Everest in the early afternoon of May 10, 1996, he hadn't slept in fifty-seven hours and was reeling from the brain-altering effects of oxygen depletion. As he turned to begin his long, dangerous descent from 29,028 feet, twenty other climbers were still...
Shadow divers : the true adventure of two Americans who risked everything to solve one of the last mysteries of World War II
Kurson, Robert.
In the tradition of Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air and Sebastian Junger’s The Perfect Storm comes a true tale of riveting adventure in which two weekend scuba divers risk everything to solve a great historical mystery–and make history themselves. For John...
Madhouse at the end of the Earth : the Belgica's journey into the dark Antarctic night
Sancton, Julian
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * The "exquisitely researched and deeply engrossing" (The New York Times) true survival story of an early polar expedition that went terribly awry--with the ship frozen in ice and the crew trapped inside for the entire sunless, Antarctic winter ...
Into the wild
Krakauer, Jon.
In April 1992, a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhikes to Alaska and walks alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. Four months later, his decomposed body is found by a moose hunter. How Chris McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.
The perfect storm : a true story of men against the sea
Junger, Sebastian.
In October 1991, three weather systems collided off the coast of Nova Scotia to create a storm of singular fury, boasting waves over one hundred feet high. Among its victims was the Gloucester, Massachusetts-based swordfishing boat the Andrea Gail, which vanished with all six crew members aboard.
Grandma Gatewood's walk : the inspiring story of the woman who saved the Appalachian Trail
Montgomery, Ben.
2014 National Outdoor Book Award Winner in History / Biography Emma Gatewood told her family she was going on a walk and left her small Ohio hometown with a change of clothes and less than two hundred dollars. The next anybody heard from her, this...
438 days : an extraordinary true story of survival at sea
Franklin, Jonathan
"The best survival book in a decade" (Outside magazine), 438 Days is the true story of the fisherman who survived fourteen months in a small boat drifting seven thousand miles across the Pacific Ocean. On November 17, 2012, a pair of fishermen left the coast of Mexico for...
The last cold place : a field season studying penguins in Antarctica
De Gracia, Naira
Lab Girl meets Why Fish Don't Exist in this "compelling blend of memoir, environmental writing, and scientific exploration" (Kirkus Reviews) from a young scientist studying penguins in Antarctica--a firsthand account of the beauty and brutality of this remote climate, the...
The lost city of Z : a tale of deadly obsession in the Amazon
Grann, David.
A grand mystery reaching back centuries. A sensational disappearance that made headlines around the world. A quest for truth that leads to death, madness or disappearance for those who seek to solve it. The Lost City of Z is a blockbuster adventure narrative about what lies beneath the...
The deepest map : the high-stakes race to chart the world's oceans
Trethewey, Laura
A SCIENCE NEWS MAGAZINE BEST BOOK OF 2023 A GLOBE AND MAIL BEST NONFICTION BOOK OF 2023 "Should be required reading. . . . A gripping and all-too-timely account of what in more ways than one is turning out to be a very costly and questionably necessary race to the bottom. . . ....
Gordon Ramsay's uncharted : a culinary adventure with 60 recipes from around the globe
Ramsay, Gordon
In the National Geographic television series Uncharted, chef Gordon Ramsay travels to some of the most remote locations on Earth in search of culinary inspiration, epic adventures, and cultural experiences. Experience his journey in this beautifully illustrated collection, featuring 60...
A mile at a time : a father and son's inspiring Alzheimer's journey of love, adventure, and hope
Macy, Travis
An inspiring memoir about a father and son entering World's Toughest Race- Eco-Challenge Fiji despite one of them battling Alzheimer's. "Travis and Mace have touched a generation of families around the world with their courage, resilience and kindness." --Bear...
A walk in the woods : rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
Bryson, Bill.
SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE Back in America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. The AT offers an astonishing landscape of silent...
Hidden mountains : survival and reckoning after a climb gone wrong
Wejchert, Michael
NATIONAL OUTDOOR BOOK AWARD WINNER The story of a climbing adventure gone wrong in a remote Alaskan mountain range, the impossible rescue attempt that followed, and the fraught cost of survival In 2018, two couples set out on an expedition to Alaska's Hidden Mountains, one of the...
Graveyard of the Pacific : shipwreck and survival on America's deadliest waterway
Sullivan, Randall
A vivid portrait of the Columbia River Bar that combines maritime history, adventure journalism, and memoir, bringing alive the history--and present--of one of the most notorious stretches of water in the worldOff the coast of Oregon, the Columbia River flows into the Pacific Ocean and...
The underworld : journeys to the depths of the ocean
Casey, Susan
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * From bestselling author Susan Casey, an awe-inspiring portrait of the mysterious world beneath the waves, and the men and women who seek to uncover its secrets "An irresistible mix of splendid scholarship, heart-stopping adventure...
Under alien skies : a sightseer's guide to the universe
Plait, Philip
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel the universe? How would Saturn's rings look from a spaceship sailing just above them? If you were falling into a black hole, what's the last thing you'd see before getting spaghettified? While traveling in person to most of these amazing...
Will to wild : adventures great and small to change your life
Stanger, Shelby
Embrace adventures both big and small and pursue your wild ideas with this "profoundly inspiring and laugh-out-loud funny" (Jaimal Yogis, author of The Fear Project) guidebook from seasoned adventurer and podcaster Shelby Stanger. Will to Wild is an instruction...

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