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Blown Away (Herb Payson) – Meet Herb and Nancy Payson and their teenage children in this entertaining memoir of
life aboard a 36-foot ketch. Six and a half years of island-skipping across the Pacific supplies plenty of material for real-life
drama and adventure.
Capsized: The True Story of Four Men Adrift for 119 Days (James Nalepka and Steven Callahan) – Four
men caught in a sudden storm are quickly lost in the abyss of the South Pacific. In a half-submerged, overturned boat,
their teamwork, ingenuity and tenacity allow them to survive and even thrive, where many would simply perish.
The Cruelest Journey: Six Hundred Miles to Timbuktu (Kira Salak) – This travel memoir by Salak (author of
Four Corners) recounts her courageous solo journey along West Africa’s Niger river in an inflatable kayak. Following a
historical trail rife with hippos, heat, and tropical storms, this very personal account will leave you spellbound.
Keep Australia on Your Left: A True Story of An Attempt to Circumnavigate Australia by Kayak
(Eric Stiller) – In an ambitious and grueling attempt to conquer the 10,000 miles of treacherous Australian coastlines in a
simple two-man kayak, Eric Stiller and Tony Brown encounter untold obstacles that will make you snuggle in and
appreciate your cozy armchair.
Rescue in the Pacific: A True Story of Disaster and Survival in a Force 12 Storm (Tony Farrington) –
This page turner recounts a disastrous Force 12 storm that engulfed dozens of sailors cruising north from New Zealand in
June 1994. Farrington pays tribute to the courageous search and rescue workers and the sailors who lost their lives in
this gripping true story.
Sea Change: Alone Across the Atlantic in a Wooden Boat (Peter Nichols) – As personal troubles began to
drown him in England, Nichols decided to clear his mind and set sail for Maine in his lovingly restored wooden boat
named Toad. An unexpected flaw in Toad’s underbelly turns this little adventure into a bittersweet journey of survival.
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Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster (Jon Krakauer) – In March 1996, a climbing
expedition accompanied by Outside journalist and mountaineer Jon Krakauer (author of Into the Wild) attempts to summit
Mt. Everest. Krakauer’s award-winning account of this deadly quest that left 8 climbers dead will leave you haunted and
awed at nature’s power.

The Other Side of Everest: Climbing the North Face Through the Killer Storm (Matt Dickenson) – This
book chronicles the fate of an expedition on the more dangerous north side of Everest during the same 1996 storm
described in Krakauer’s Into Thin Air. This compelling, non-technical narrative will surely appeal to you armchair Everest
enthusiasts.

Polar Dream: The First Solo Expedition by a Woman and Her Dog to the Magnetic North Pole (Helen
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Thayer) – In 1988 at the age of 50, world traveler Helen Thayer became the 1 woman to travel on foot to the remote and
perilous magnetic North Pole. Accompanied only by her husky, Charlie, Thayer recounts her magical and terrifying
journey to the top of the earth.

Quest for the Lost City (Dana Lamb and Ginger Lamb) – This husband and wife team venture into the forbidden
Mayan jungles of Central America in search of the “lost city” in this classic true story of adventure, complete with
photographs.

Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man’s Miraculous Survival (Joe Simpson) – The harrowing
experiences of Joe Simpson and climbing partner Simon Yates in the Peruvian Andes will leave your adrenaline pumping
as the author describes an accident that left Yates with no choice but to do the unthinkable.

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (Bill Bryson) – This story tells
what happens when a couple of middle-aged, out-of-shape men impulsively pledge to conquer the 2,100 mile AT. Bryson,
author of In a Sunburned Country. keeps the tone humorous, engaging, and introspective. This story may just inspire you
to get out and take a walk yourself!

				
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