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The Sun Is a Compass: A 4,000-Mile Journey into the Alaskan Wilds
by Caroline Van Hemert

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English

Pages

321

Publication Date

March 19, 2019

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<b>For fans of Cheryl Strayed, the gripping story of a biologist's human-powered journey from the Pacific Northwest to the Arctic to rediscover her love of birds, nature, and adventure.</b><b><br /><br /></b>During graduate school, as she conducted experiments on the peculiarly misshapen beaks of chickadees, ornithologist Caroline Van Hemert began to feel stifled in the isolated, sterile environment of the lab. Worried that she was losing her passion for the scientific research she once loved, she was compelled to experience wildness again, to be guided by the sounds of birds and to follow the trails of animals.<br /> <br />In March of 2012 she and her husband set off on a 4,000-mile wilderness journey from the Pacific rainforest to the Alaskan Arctic, traveling by rowboat, ski, foot, raft, and canoe. Together, they survived harrowing dangers while also experiencing incredible moments of joy and grace -- migrating birds silhouetted against the moon, the steamy breath of caribou, and the bond that comes from sharing such experiences. <br />A unique blend of science, adventure, and personal narrative, the book explores the bounds of the physical body and the tenuousness of life in the company of creatures whose daily survival is nothing short of miraculous. It is a journey through the heart, the mind, and some of the wildest places left in North America.<br /><br />In the end, <i>The Sun Is a Compass</i> is a love letter to nature, an inspiring story of endurance, and a beautifully written testament to the resilience of the human spirit.<br />
Surfacing
by Kathleen Jamie

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<b>鈥淸Kathleen Jamie鈥檚] essays guide you softly along coastlines of varying continents, exploring caves, and pondering ice ages until the narrator stumbles over 鈥?not a rock on the trail, but mortality, maybe the earth鈥檚, maybe our own, pointing to new paths forward through the forest.鈥?鈥擠elia Owens, author of聽<i>Where the Crawdads Sing,聽</i>鈥淏y the Book鈥?in聽<i>The New York Times Book Review.</i><br /><br />An immersive exploration of time and place in a shrinking world, from the award-winning author of <i>Sightlines.</i></b><br /><br />In this remarkable blend of memoir, cultural history, and travelogue, poet and author Kathleen Jamie touches points on a timeline spanning millennia, and considers what surfaces and what reconnects us to our past. From the thawing tundra linking a Yup'ik village in Alaska to its hunter-gatherer past to the shifting sand dunes revealing the impressiely preserved homes of neolithic farmers in Scotland, Jamie explores how the changing natural world can alter our sense of time. Most movingly, she considers, as her father dies and her children leave home, the surfacing of an older, less tethered sense of herself. In precise, luminous prose, <i>Surfacing</i> offers a profound sense of time passing and an antidote to all that is instant, ephemeral, unrooted.
Annapurna: The First Conquest of an 8,000-Meter Peak
by Maurice Herzog

Language

English

Pages

336

Publication Date

July 26, 2011

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<b>One of <i>Sports Illustrated</i>鈥檚 Top 100 Sports Books of All Time: A gripping firsthand account of one of the most daring climbing expeditions in history.<br /><br /> #1 <i>New York Times</i> Bestseller </b><br /><br /> Annapurna I is the name given to the 8,100-meter mountain that ranks among the most forbidding in the Himalayan chain. Dangerous not just for its extreme height but for a long and treacherous approach, its summit proved unreachable until 1950, when a group of French mountaineers made a mad dash for its peak. They became the first men to accomplish the feat, doing so without oxygen tanks or any of the modern equipment that contemporary climbers use. The adventure nearly cost them their lives.<br /><br /> Maurice Herzog dictated this firsthand account of the remarkable trek from a hospital bed as he recovered from injuries sustained during the climb. An instant bestseller, it remains one of the most famous mountaineering books of all time, and an enduring testament to the power of the human spirit.<br /> 聽
Arctic Dreams
by Barry H. Lopez

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English

Pages

496

Publication Date

June 25, 2013

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<b>This <i>New York Times</i>鈥揵estselling exploration of the Arctic, a National Book Award winner, is 鈥渙ne of the finest books ever written about the far North鈥?(<i>Publishers Weekly</i>). </b><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淭he nation鈥檚 premier nature writer鈥?travels to a landscape at once barren and beautiful, perilous and alluring, austere yet teeming with vibrant life, and shot through with human history (<i>San Francisco Chronicle</i>). The Arctic has for centuries been a destination for the most ambitious explorers鈥攁 place of dreams, fears, and awe-inspiring spectacle. This 鈥渄azzling鈥?account by the author of <i>Of Wolves and Men</i> takes readers on a breathtaking journey into the heart of one of the world鈥檚 last frontiers (<i>The</i><i> New York Times</i>).<br /> 聽<br /> Based on Barry Lopez鈥檚 years spent traveling the Arctic regions in the company of Eskimo hunting parties and scientific expeditions alike, <i>Arctic Dreams </i>investigates the unique terrain of the human mind, thrown into relief against the vastness of the tundra and the frozen ocean. Eye-opening and profoundly moving, it is a magnificent appreciation of how wilderness challenges and inspires us.<br /> 聽<br /> Renowned environmentalist and author of <i>Desert Solitaire</i> Edward Abbey has called <i>Arctic Dreams</i> 鈥渁 splendid book .聽.聽. by a man who is both a first-rate writer and an uncompromising defender of the wild country and its native inhabitants鈥濃€攁nd the<i> New Yorker </i>hails it as a 鈥渓andmark鈥?work of travel writing. A vivid, thoughtful, and atmospheric read, it has earned multiple prizes, including the National Book Award, the Christopher Medal, the Oregon Book Award, and a nomination for the National Book Critics Circle Award.<br /> 聽<br /><i>This ebook features an illustrated biography of Barry Lopez including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author鈥檚 personal collection.</i><br /> 聽
A Polar Affair: Antarctica's Forgotten Hero and the Secret Love L...
by Lloyd Spencer Davis

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English

Pages

358

Publication Date

September 03, 2019

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<p><strong>A captivating blend of true adventure and natural history by one of today鈥檚 leading penguin experts and Antarctic explorers.</strong></p><br /><p>George Murray Levick was the physician on Robert Falcon Scott鈥檚 tragic Antarctic expedition of 1910. Marooned for an Antarctic winter, Levick passed the time by becoming the first man to study penguins up close. His findings were so shocking to Victorian morals that they were quickly suppressed and seemingly lost to history.</p><br /><p>A century later, Lloyd Spencer Davis rediscovers Levick and his findings during the course of his own scientific adventures in Antarctica. Levick鈥檚 long-suppressed manuscript reveals not only an incredible survival story, but one that will change our understanding of an entire species.</p><br /><p><em>A Polar Affair</em> reveals the last untold tale from the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. It is perhaps the greatest of all of those stories鈥攂ut why was it hidden to begin with? The ever-fascinating and charming penguin holds the key. Moving deftly between both Levick鈥檚 and Davis鈥檚 explorations, observations, and comparisons in biology over the course of a century, <em>A Polar Affair</em> reveals cutting-edge findings about ornithology, in which the sex lives of penguins are the jumping-off point for major new insights into the underpinnings of evolutionary biology itself.</p>
On Call in the Arctic: A Doctor's Pursuit of Life, Love, and Mira...
by Thomas J. Sims

Language

English

Pages

320

Publication Date

September 04, 2018

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<p><strong>An extraordinary memoir recounting the adventures of a young doctor stationed in the Alaskan bush.</strong></p><br /><p>The fish-out-of-water stories of <em>Northern Exposure</em> and <em>Doc Martin</em> meet the rough-and-rugged setting of The Discovery Channel鈥檚 <em>Alaskan Bush People</em> in Thomas J. Sims鈥檚 <em>On Call in the Arctic</em>, where the author relates his incredible experience saving lives in one of the most remote outposts in North America.</p><br /><p>Imagine a young doctor, trained in the latest medical knowledge and state-of-the-art equipment, suddenly transported back to one of the world鈥檚 most isolated and unforgiving environments鈥擭ome, Alaska. Dr. Sims鈥?plans to become a pediatric surgeon drastically changed when, on the eve of being drafted into the Army to serve as a M.A.S.H. surgeon in Vietnam, he was offered a commission in the U.S. Public Health for assignment in Anchorage, Alaska.</p><br /><p>In Anchorage, Dr. Sims was scheduled to act as Chief of Pediatrics at the Alaska Native Medical Center. Life changed, along with his military orders, when he learned he was being transferred from Anchorage to work as the only physician in Nome.聽 There, he would have the awesome responsibility of rendering medical care under archaic conditions to the population of this frontier town plus thirteen Eskimo villages in the surrounding Norton Sound area. And he would do it alone with little help and support. All the while, he was pegged as both an 鈥渙utsider鈥?and an employee of the much-derided federal government.</p><br /><p>In order to do his job, Dr. Sims had to overcome racism, cultural prejudices, and hostility from those who would like to see him sent packing. <em>On Call in the Arctic</em> reveals the thrills and the terrors of frontier medicine, where Dr. Sims must rely upon his instincts, improvise, and persevere against all odds in order to help his patients on the icy shores of the Bering Sea.聽</p>
Lonely Planet Panama (Travel Guide)
by Lonely Planet

Language

English

Pages

320

Publication Date

July 01, 2019

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<p><b><i>Lonely Planet</i></b> <b><i>Panama</i> </b>is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Sip coconuts on a Caribbean beach; lay eyes on the awe-inspiring Panama Canal; or hike through sublime cloud forests; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Panama and begin your journey now! </p><p><b>Inside <i>Lonely Planet Panama</i>:</b> </p><ul> <li><b>Color </b>maps and images throughout </li><li><b>Highlights</b> <b>and itineraries</b> help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests </li><li><b>Insider tips</b> to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots </li><li><b>Essential info</b> <b>at your fingertips</b> - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices </li><li><b>Honest reviews for all budgets</b> - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss </li><li><b>Cultural insights</b> give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - land & wildlife, music, cuisine, arts, politics, history </li><li><b>Over</b> <b>46 maps</b> </li><li><b>Covers</b> Panama City, Panama Province, Cocle Province, Peninsula deAzuero, Veraguas Province, Chiriqui Province, Bocas del Toro Province, Colon Province, Comarca de Kuna Yala, Darien Province and more </li></ul><p><b>The Perfect Choice: </b><b><i>Lonely Planet</i></b> <b><i>Panama</i>,</b> our most comprehensive guide to Panama, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less traveled. </p><ul> <li>Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out <b><i>Lonely Planet</i> <i>Central America on a Shoestring.</i></b> </li></ul><p><b>Authors:</b> Written and researched by Lonely Planet. </p><p><b>About Lonely Planet: </b>Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travelers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves. </p><p><b>Important Notice:</b> The digital edition of this book may not contain all of the images found in the physical edition.</p>
Billion Dollar Daddies: Special Edition: Jennie and Sam Book 2
by Breanna Hayse

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English

Pages

181

Publication Date

July 15, 2019

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What happens when two bored girls get stuck in the lodge with only their Daddy Doms, a wild moose, paints, and a chemistry lab to entertain them?<br /><br />Sam and Jennie are back for Part 2 on the BDD: Special Edition Trilogy and bring more mischief to the table than ever before. As the two explore their Little sides, the girls鈥?journey of self-discovery leads them to unexpected places.<br />****<br />Jennie鈥檚 been afraid to let loose despite the encouragement of her four Daddy Dom/Fianc茅s. Influenced by her new, fearless friend, she takes a chance and tests the love of the men who have devoted their lives to make her happy. The winter 鈥榖reaking鈥?has started- not just to introduce the coming of spring to the land of permafrost, but also to help her Little and Big girl personas break through the fear and bloom. With that comes a new level of intimacy- one that launches this fivesome to another plane of desire.<br /><br />Sam still struggles with the reckless impulses that constantly lead her over someone鈥檚 knee. If it鈥檚 not the ice-covered lake calling her to swim, it鈥檚 the wilderness that surrounds her. Her heart aches for the ocean and the pod but, with a family of new 鈥榰ncles鈥?guiding her and Richard in the age-play dynamic, she learns something very special about herself. This knowledge brings more than awareness鈥攊t challenges her to let go of expectations and jump into Littledom feet first. With that, Richard鈥檚 hopes are fulfilled, and he sees a future in fostering their unique relationship. What he doesn鈥檛 realize is that there鈥檚 much more yet to come- or that he won鈥檛 know how to handle it when it presents itself.<br />The group also is privy to some spicy secrets from the past when they meet with Dr. Bonham, an old Naval Academy friend of Sam鈥檚 uncle, Scott Jenkins. Together with Dr. Bonham鈥檚 鈥榖lackmail box,鈥?videos captured on Jennie鈥檚 cell-phone, and a little information from Sam鈥檚 father, there are no geographic boundaries as the girls go all out to make as many of their men laugh as hard as possible while avoiding the never-ending threats of spending time across one (or more) of their laps!<br /><br />(This is the second book of a three book mini-series: Special Edition: Jennie and Sam. Old favorites come to life as the two families join together to learn the power of acceptance, loyalty, and unconditional love, and travel with them to discover amazing new places and events unique to the beautiful Pacific Northwest)<br /><br />Sign up for our newsletter and follow the author on Amazon to keep up with the new release of a FULL NOVEL- EVERY MONTH!<br /><br /><br />
Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube: Chasing Fear and Finding Home in...
by Blair Braverman

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English

Pages

270

Publication Date

July 05, 2016

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<p><strong>A rich and revelatory memoir of a young woman reclaiming her courage in the stark landscapes of the north.</strong></p><p>By the time Blair Braverman was eighteen, she had left her home in California, moved to arctic Norway to learn to drive sled dogs, and found work as a tour guide on a glacier in Alaska. Determined to carve out a life as a 鈥渢ough girl鈥濃€攁 young woman who confronts danger without apology鈥攕he slowly developed the strength and resilience the landscape demanded of her.聽</p><p>By turns funny and sobering, bold and tender,聽<em>Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube</em>聽brilliantly recounts Braverman鈥檚 adventures in Norway and Alaska. Settling into her new surroundings, Braverman was often terrified that she would lose control of her dog team and crash her sled, or be attacked by a polar bear, or get lost on the tundra. Above all, she worried that, unlike the other, gutsier people alongside her, she wasn鈥檛 cut out for life on the frontier. But no matter how out of place she felt, one thing was clear: she was hooked on the North. On the brink of adulthood, Braverman was determined to prove that her fears did not define her鈥攁nd so she resolved to embrace the wilderness and make it her own.聽</p><p>Assured, honest, and lyrical,聽<em>Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube</em>聽paints a powerful portrait of self-reliance in the face of extraordinary circumstance. Braverman endures physical exhaustion, survives being buried alive in an ice cave, and drives her dogs through a whiteout blizzard to escape crooked police. Through it all, she grapples with love and violence鈥攏avigating a grievous relationship with a fellow musher, and adapting to the expectations of her Norwegian neighbors鈥攁s she negotiates the complex demands of being a young woman in a man鈥檚 land.</p><p>Weaving fast-paced adventure writing and ethnographic journalism with elegantly wrought reflections on identity,聽<em>Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube</em>聽captures the triumphs and the perils of Braverman鈥檚 journey to self-discovery and independence in a landscape that is as beautiful as it is unforgiving.聽</p>
Footsteps on the Ice: The Antarctic Diaries of Stuart D. Paine, S...
by Stuart D. Paine

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English

Pages

400

Publication Date

June 18, 2007

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<p>In 1933 Antarctica was essentially unexplored. Admiral Richard Byrd launched his Second Expedition to chart the southernmost continent, primarily relying on the muscle power of dog teams and their drivers who skied or ran beside the loaded sledges as they traveled. The life-threatening challenges of moving glaciers, invisible crevasses, and horrific storms compounded the difficulties of isolation, darkness, and the unimaginable cold that defined the men鈥檚 lives.</p><br /><p>Stuart Paine was a dog driver, radio operator, and navigator on the fifty-six-man expedition, the bold and complex venture that is now famous for Byrd鈥檚 dramatic rescue from Bolling Advance Weather Base located 115 miles inland. Paine鈥檚 diaries represent the only published contemporary account written by a member of the Second Expedition. They reveal a behind-the-scenes look at the contentiousness surrounding the planned winter rescue of Byrd and offer unprecedented insights into the expedition鈥檚 internal dynamics.</p><br /><p>Equally riveting is Paine鈥檚 breathtaking narrative of the fall and summer field operations as the field parties depended on their own resources in the face of interminable uncertainty and peril. Undertaking the longest and most hazardous sledging journey of the expedition, Paine guided the first American party from the edge of the Ross Sea more than seven hundred miles up the Ross Ice Shelf and the massive Thorne (Scott) Glacier to approach the South Pole. He and two other men skied more than fourteen hundred miles in eighty-eight days to explore and map part of Antarctica for the first time.</p><br /><p><i>Footsteps on the Ice</i> reveals the daily struggles, extreme personalities, and the matter-of-fact bravery of early explorers who are now fading into history. Detailing the men鈥檚 frustrations, annoyances, and questioning of their leader, Paine鈥檚 entries provide rare insight into how Byrd conducted his expeditions. Paine exposes the stresses of living under the snow in Little America during the four-month-long winter night, trapped in dim, crowded huts and black tunnels, while the men uneasily mulled over their leader鈥檚 isolation at Advance Base. The fates of Paine鈥檚 dogs, which provided some of his most difficult and rewarding experiences, are also described鈥攈is relationship with Jack, his lead dog, is an entrancing story in itself.</p><br /><p>Featuring previously unpublished photographs and illustrations, <i>Footsteps on the Ice</i> documents the period in Antarctic exploration that bridged the 鈥渉eroic era鈥?and the modern age of mechanized travel. Depicting almost incomprehensible mental and physical duress and unhesitating courage, Paine鈥檚 tale is one of the most compelling stories in polar history, surpassing other accounts with its immediacy and adventure as it captures the majesty and mystery of the untouched Antarctic.</p>

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