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Annapurna: A Woman’s Place - (Arlene Blum, 1980) A book about inspiration and achievement. A special edition to the original Annapurna: A Woman’s Place announces the twentieth anniversary of the American Women’s Himalayan Expedition that ended both in triumph and tragedy. See how the climbers lives were affected by this tremendously strenuous journey, and apply the spirit shown to you own life!

Beowulf - (Translated by Ruth P.M. Lehmann, 1988) The earliest extant poem in a modern European language, Beowulf was composed 400 years before the Norman Conquest. As a social document, this great epic poem reflects a feudal, newly Christian world of heroes and monsters, blood and victory and death. As a work of art, it rings with a beauty, power, and artistry that have kept it alive for more than twelve centuries.

For Love of the Game – (Michael Shaara, 1991) Pulitzer prize winning novelist Michael Shaara (Killer Angels) writes this story of a major league pitcher pitching his last game, an all out effort to finalize his career and prepare for life away from sport.

I Married Adventure – (Osa Johnson, 1997) “The essence of this story is that two people, very much in love, followed their dreams, living a life full of risks and far from the comforts of home. Yet this story of their adventures more than sixty years ago will thrill a reader [of today].”—Senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum. The book contains many dramatic photos by these two who traveled the world making popular movies.       

A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains - ( Isabella L. Bird, introduction by Daniel J. Boorstin, 1960) In the late nineteenth century it was very rare to see a woman traveling on her own. Isabella Bird accounts her travels among the Rocky Mountains of the Colorado area, before heading back to England. The book is wonderfully written in the first person with spectacular descriptions of scenery and adventure.

The Log from the Sea of Cortez - (John Steinbeck, 1951) Steinbeck and biologist Edward F. Ricketts board the Western Flyer, a sardine boat and head out of Monterey, California, on a 4,000-mile journey into the Sea of Cortez. A great book that helps understand Steinbeck and his beliefs about man and the world, combined with adventure, philosophy and science.

 Long Distance: A Year of Living Strenuously – (Bill McKibben, 2000) As author McKibben is reaching peak condition in an Olympic level training regimen as a cross country skier, his father’s life suddenly lurches toward an end. The crisis snaps McKibben out of his self-absorption and forces him to think of his relationship with his father and a totally different kind of endurance.

Night Flight – (Antoine De Saint-Exupery) In this gripping, beautifully written novel, Saint-Exupery tells about the brave men who pilot night mail planes from Patagonia, Chile, and Paraguay to Argentina in the early days of commercial aviation.  They are impelled to perform their routine acts of heroism by a steely chief named Riviere, whose extraordinary character is revealed through the dramatic events of a single night.

Out of Africa and Shadows on the Grass - (Isak Dinesen, 1937, 1960) This one volume contains both Out of Africa, the well-loved story of Isak Dinesen’s struggle on her coffee plantation in Kenya and additional stories and reminiscences about Africa gathered under the title Shadows on the Grass. The author’s poetic images and language make her book a delight to read.

Three Cups of Tea - (Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin, 2006) Greg Mortenson, a homeless mountaineer who, following a 1993 climb of Pakistan's treacherous K2, was inspired by a chance encounter with impoverished mountain villagers and promised to build them a school. Over the next decade he built fifty-five schools-especially for girls-that offer a balanced education in one of the most isolated and dangerous regions on earth.

Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1,700 Miles of Australian Outback – (Robyn Davidson, 1980) When Davidson first set out to make her journey across the deserts of Australia, alone but for her dog and four camels, she was called a lunatic, a would-be suicide, and a shameless publicity seeker. But this high-spirited, engrossing book reveals that she is something more: a genuine traveler driven by a love of Australia’s landscape, an empathy for its indigenous people, and a willingness to case away the trappings of her former identity.

 West With the Night – (Beryl Markham, 1942) Beryl Markham records memoirs and stories of her flights to Africa.

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