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Into Thin Air – Jon Krakauer

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 the perilous descent from 29,028 feet (roughly the cruising altitude of an Airbus jetliner), twenty other climbers were still pushing doggedly to the top, unaware that the sky had begun to roil with clouds...

Free – Lisa Litberg

Since leaving home at the age of 18, Free has traveled the country trying to find a place to call home. Her travels afford a variety of experiences, from following the Grateful Dead to waitressing in Chicago to selling jewelry in New Orleans’ French Market, but nothing seems to quell her sense of unrest.



A Walk in the Woods – Bill Bryson

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 forests and sparkling lakes—and to a writer with the comic genius of Bill Bryson, it also provides endless opportunities to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings.



Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel – Rolf Potts

If you are on the cusp of quitting your job and packing up on a ‘round-the-world adventure, this may or may not be the book for you. More than a “guide to insert-name-of country-here,” Pott’s book is essentially a ‘how to’ for lengthy and rewarding-yet-budget-friendly travel, using his many years of jaunting across the globe to provide advice from cheap airline tickets to making friends with locals. He prefaces with, “[t]his book is not for daredevils and thrill-seekers but for anyone willing to make an uncommon choice that allows you to travel the world for weeks and months at a time, improvising (and saving money) as you go.” Maybe you’ll find you don’t get off on your usual exit next time you’re on the highway. -- Catherine G., DC Public Library staff



Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.



The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey – Rinker Buck

From “a virtuoso storyteller in a very American vein” (Phillip Lopate), The Oregon Trail is an epic account of traveling the length of the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way—in a covered wagon with a team of mules, an audacious journey that hasn’t been attempted in a century—which also chronicles the rich history of the trail, the people who made the migration, and its significance to the country.

Mistaken Identity – Bruce A. Borders

The terrorism risk in America has reached an all-time high. Recognizing the need for an aggressive response, Homeland Security assigns Wynn C. Garrett to eliminate the threat of the Al Jahbid terrorist organization, by “any means necessary.”



Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship – Robert Kurson

A thrilling new adventure of danger and deep-sea diving, historic mystery and suspense, by the author of the New York Times bestseller Shadow Divers Finding and identifying a pirate ship is the hardest thing to do under the sea. But two men—John Chatterton and John Mattera—are willing to risk everything to find the Golden Fleece, the ship of the infamous pirate Joseph Bannister.