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Summer Reading 2021 Travel, Adventure & Sports Recommendations

See the full list of great reading recommendations for Summer 2021 here.

Rockaway: Surfing Headlong into a New Life by Diane Cardwell

Diane Cardwell was a recently divorced, career New Yorker in her late 40s when she caught the surfing bug and began spending her weekends in Rockaway, just outside the city. Soon, she committed for good, bought a bungalow, and had just finished renovations when Hurricane Sandy hit. Her journey to happiness and her newfound community’s character and spunk through disaster is a joy to read. Perfect for those who are surf-curious, at the start of their own obsession, or invigorated by secondhand inspiration—this book is life-affirming. — Melinda

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ISBN: 9780358561965
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Published: Mariner Books - May 25th, 2021

World Travel: An Irreverent Guide by Anthony Bourdain & Laurie Woolever

Few people saw more of the world than Anthony Bourdain, and because he shared his curious and adventurous spirit with us on television shows and in books, we are all the richer for it. World Travel includes Bourdain’s writing on some of his favorite places, as well as practical advice about traveling—including where to stay, and, of course, where to eat. “[R]ead cover to cover, country by country, it is an enduring embodiment of Bourdain’s love for the whole world and a reminder of how to stack our priorities the next time we’re able to follow in his footsteps.” —The New York Times. — S.B.

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ISBN: 9780062802798
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Published: Ecco - April 20th, 2021

To the Greatest Heights by Vanessa O’Brien

Vanessa O’Brien was the first American woman to look from the summit of K2 down to the terrain below. Relentless tenacity propels her to the top of the seven highest peaks, and she does so in record time. She has stood at Earth’s highest and lowest points. To The Greatest Heights captures the adversity that drives Vanessa upward: unsuccessful summit attempts, family crises, unquestionable danger, sexism, and economic collapse. With a healthy dash of humor and levity, this is an inspirational story of a woman’s ascension to vast heights. — Charlotte

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ISBN: 9781982123789
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Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - March 30th, 2021

AFROSURF by Mami Wata

Afrosurf is a dynamic collection of surf photography, essays, poems, recipes, profiles and so much more. Its immersive experience celebrates the wide swath of African surf culture, featuring 18 coastal African countries and exploding Western stereotypes of the sport—a joyous and much needed revelation. Compiled and designed by Mami Wata, a Cape Town surf company with African-produced goods and a philanthropic mission, Afrosurf is beautiful to behold and even harder to put down. — Melinda

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By Mami Wata, Selema Masekela (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781984860408
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Published: Ten Speed Press - June 15th, 2021

Steve Kerr: A Life by Scott Howard-Cooper

Although you would think that winning eight NBA titles as a player or coach would make Steve Kerr’s biography read like a how-to guide to stardom, Howard-Cooper instead demonstrates how Kerr’s setbacks—from the murder of his father, a diplomat, to injuries that might have sidelined his basketball career as a player and a coach—better define Kerr than any championship ring. In showcasing Kerr’s humility, emotional intelligence, activism, and perseverance, the book gives us a closer look at the drive of the person who would inspire so many players and teammates to reach the greatest heights in the NBA. — Casey

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ISBN: 9780063001275
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Published: William Morrow - June 15th, 2021

Ms. Adventure: My Wild Explorations in Science, Lava, and Life by Jess Phoenix

Jess Phoenix’s passion is undeniable. “Geologist” seems a tame word for someone who regularly—and eagerly—confronts volcanoes, but it is Phoenix’s love of science, as much as her global tales of derring-do, that complete this ride. She shares the compelling tales of her formative experiences with these amazing engines of Earth’s creation, and of her journey to become the scientist she is today, one who hopes to bring science and adventure to all. — Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781643260037
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Published: Timber Press - March 2nd, 2021

An Indian Among Los Indígenas: A Native Travel Memoir by Ursula Pike

This memoir chronicles Pike’s experience working with the Peace Corps in Brazil. Being indigenous herself (a member of the Karuk tribe), she arrived with the confidence that she would immediately find kinship among the indigenous people around her, but found instead that with colonial organizations there is always extra baggage. This book is honest, poignant, and important. — MJ

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ISBN: 9781597145275
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Published: Heyday Books - April 6th, 2021

Sidelined: Sports, Culture, and Being a Woman in America by Julie DiCaro

Julie DiCaro’s frank indictment of sports broadcasting and its history of sexism is both unsurprising and eye opening. From hosting her own sports talk radio show, working as a sports journalist, and practicing law, she has plenty of tools to lay it all out: discrimination, toxicity, and harassment in the workplace, the protection of problematic athletes and its complexity, and pay disparity among athletes. This book is not an easy read, but it is important to understanding this part (and all) of American culture and how it must change. — Melinda

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ISBN: 9781524746100
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Published: Dutton - March 16th, 2021

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