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The Sun is a Compass by Caroline Van Hemert

When ornithologist Caroline Van Hemert decided she needed to get out of the lab and back into the wild, she and her husband embarked on the journey of a lifetime, spending six months traveling four thousand human-powered miles from Bellingham, Washington to the Alaskan Arctic. What follows is this incredible book, part outdoor adventure, part travel memoir, part nature writing, all grit and heart, as they canoe, hike, ski and raft their own way into the wilderness. I am by turns inspired and stunned by the knowledge and willpower needed on the trail, and by the beauty and wisdom left on the page. - Melinda

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ISBN: 9780316414425
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Published: Little, Brown Spark - March 19th, 2019

The White Darkness by David Grann

Killers of the Flower Moon author David Grann’s latest book chronicles the journey of modern polar explorer Henry Worsley, who attempted a solo traverse of Antarctica in 2015. Grann’s account of Worsley’s arduous expedition—and the expeditions of the explorers who came before him—offers chilling insights into the ruthless reality of polar exploration. I was both fascinated by the extreme lengths that people will go to realize their dream and reminded of the remarkable endurance that humans are capable of. - Jade

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ISBN: 9780385544573
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Published: Doubleday - October 30th, 2018

The Bucket List: Wild by Kath Stathers

This is a gorgeous book, perfect for armchair travelers or those wanting to fling themselves into something great and wild. Organized by location, The Bucket List: Wild shares tips and enticing photographs to whet your wanderlust. Stathers includes a huge range of encounters, from observing plant hoppers (insects) in the United States to watching the world’s largest migration in the Serengeti. - Rachel

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ISBN: 9780789334459
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Published: Universe - October 30th, 2018

Epic Hikes of the World by Lonely Planet

Whether you’re planning a trip or are just on an armchair adventure, this book will keep you dreaming for hours. The description of each hike is accompanied by a stylized map, inspiring photos (as one would expect from Lonely Planet), a short essay on why the hike is amazing or special or tricky or relaxing, and a detailed list that includes the trip distance, suggested supplies, when to go, route planning to get to the location, and a list of three similar trips. - Megan

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ISBN: 9781787014176
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Published: Lonely Planet - August 21st, 2018

Basketball: A Love Story by Jackie MacMullan, Rafe Bartholomew, & Dan Klores

Inspired by the new ESPN series, this oral history of basketball is a terrific book. “What MacMullan and Bartholomew have done here is nothing short of crafting the definitive history of the sport—told through the people who lived it. There has never been a deeper and more star-studded cast of interviewees about basketball, and the authors pull unique insights out of them. A wonderful read.” —Zach Lowe

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ISBN: 9781524761783
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Published: Crown Archetype - September 18th, 2018

To Shake the Sleeping Self by Jedidiah Jenkins

At the age of 30, Jedidiah Jenkins decided to “happen to life” instead of letting life happen to him and embarked on an 18-month bike trip from Oregon to Patagonia. The resulting book is both a delightful adventure and a thoughtfuljourney into his own soul. Travel frees him to make unencumbered relationships with his past, his spirituality, his identity, his family, and his sense of self in ways that leave me feeling alive, inspired, and ready to pack my own bags. - Melinda

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ISBN: 9781524761387
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Published: Convergent Books - October 2nd, 2018

The Pacific Alone by Dave Shively

“I have been waiting thirty years for this book. When I first heard of Ed Gillet’s heroic paddle [from California] to Hawaii, I was thrilled and inspired in my own traveling. But this is much more than a book about a kayak journey. It is that great thing in travel—a brave quest, the solitary traveler turning his back on the cynics, and heading into a turbulent sea in a small boat, and finding landfall. It is a great metaphor for human endeavor. ‘Never before, never since’ indeed. But Ed Gillet is that rare creature—a modest man and also a hero.”—Paul Theroux

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ISBN: 9781493026814
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Published: Falcon Press Publishing - October 1st, 2018

Lands of Lost Borders by Kate Harris

Traveling doesn’t always have to be about escaping something or finding yourself, sometimes it’s just about the adventure. Kate Harris always had an urge to explore, and her childhood dream of becoming an astronaut and going to Mars led her instead to cycle the Silk Road. Harris’s journey takes her through countries most people would struggle to find on a map, and along the way she contemplates the absurdity of borders, humanity’s relationship with nature, and, of course, the joy of cycling. - Jade

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Published: Dey Street Books - August 21st, 2018

Tip of the Iceberg by Mark Adams

Although his heart belonged to the Sierra, John Muir had a long-lasting love affair with Alaska. In 1899, he embarked on his sixth and final journey there as a member of the Harriman expedition. In this book, Adams retraces the steps of that voyage. He meets with scientists, speaks with the people living there, and encounters his fair share of bears. But with receding glaciers and towns falling into the ocean, the shifting Alaskan landscape Adams encounters is a much different place than it was in Muir’s time. - Jade

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ISBN: 9781101985106
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Published: Dutton - May 15th, 2018

Lighthouse by R.G. Grant

Lighthouse is absolutely beautiful. The gorgeous illustrations, exquisite layout, and just the right amount of captioning all come together in one of the loveliest coffee table books I’ve had the pleasure of seeing. Lighthouses are some of the most elegant structures humankind has ever constructed and this book does them service commensurate with the service they provide us. - Ian

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ISBN: 9780316414470
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - May 15th, 2018

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