Armchair Adventures

    • Birding Without Borders
      Noah Strycker

      Traveling to 41 countries in 2015 with a backpack and binoculars, Noah Strycker became the first person to see more than half the world's 10,000 species of birds in one year.

    • Braving It
      James Campbell

      The author offers the powerful and affirming story of his journey with his teenage daughter to the far reaches of Alaska. At turns poignant and humorous, Braving It is an ode to America's disappearing wilderness and a profound meditation on what it means for a child to grow up--and a parent to finally, fully let go.

    • Deep South
      Paul Theroux

      Theroux explores the Deep South. He finds there a paradoxical place, full of incomparable music, unparalleled cuisine, and yet also some of the nation's worst schools, housing, and unemployment rates. Deep South is an ode to a region, vivid and haunting, full of life and loss alike.

    • Jungle of Stone
      William Carlsen

      In the tradition of Lost City of Z and In the Kingdom of Ice, Pulitzer Prize finalist Carlsen reveals the remarkable story of the discovery of the ancient Maya. Based on rigorous research and his own journey throughout the Yucatan and Central America, this is a thrilling adventure narrative and a work of history that corrects our understanding of the 19th century explorers, and the Maya themselves.

    • The Last Whalers
      Doug Block Clark

      A riveting, powerful chronicle of the collision between one of the planet's dwindling indigenous peoples and the irresistible enticements and upheavals of a rapidly transforming world.

    • No Baggage
      Clara Bensen

      A romantic travelogue chronicling the author's risky travel experiment recounts how, after meeting an energetic university professor on a dating website, the pair embarked on a three-week, eight-country tour without hotel reservations, plans or luggage

    • Northland
      Porter Fox

      The author draws on three years of exploration through the regions from Maine to Washington State to trace the northern border's rich and pivotal history, industries, and famous figures. He blends a deeply reported and beautifully written story of the region's history with a riveting account of his travels by canoe, freighter, car, and foot that’s packed with colorful characters and extraordinary landscapes.

    • The Not-Quite States of America
      Doug Mack

      The Not-Quite States of America is an entertaining account of the territories' place in the USA, and it raises fascinating questions about the nature of empire. As Mack shows, the territories aren't mere footnotes to American history; they are a crucial part of the story.

    • The Oregon Trail
      Rinker Buck

      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.

    • Rediscovering Travel
      Seth Kugel

      This guide from the former New York Times "Frugal Traveler" columnist and host of "Amigo Gringo" challenges the practices of the modern travel industry while sharing stories of memorable discoveries and misadventures that demonstrate how to enjoy a technology-balanced vacation.

    • Rough Magic
      Lara Prior-Palmer

      At the age of nineteen, Lara Prior-Palmer discovered the Mongol Derby, the longest horse race in the world, and she decided to enter on a whim. Told with terrific suspense and style, Rough Magic captures the extraordinary story of one young woman who forged ahead, against all odds, to become the first female winner of this breathtaking race.

    • See You Again in Pyongyang
      Travis Jeppesen

      The author, the first American to study at a North Korean university, recounts his experiences living, traveling, and studying in the country to create a multifaceted portrait of Pyongyang in the Kim Jong Un era.

    • Walking the Nile
      Levison Wood

      A former British paratrooper, photographer and explorer documents his nine-month, 4,000-mile journey by foot along the Nile, discussing his life-threatening natural and cultural encounters in six different nations. This is a captivating account of a remarkable and unparalleled Nile journey that maps out African history and contemporary life.

    • Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube
      Blair Braverman

      A revelatory memoir of a young woman developing the resilience to thrive in the stark landscapes of Norway and Alaska. Blair Braverman learns to guide tours on an Alaskan glacier and drive sled dogs in Norway in this book that is both a fast-paced adventure and a reflection on identity and self-discovery.

    • Where the Water Goes
      David Owen

      The story Owen tells is crucial to our future- how a patchwork of engineering marvels, byzantine legal agreements, aging infrastructure, and neighborly cooperation enables life to flourish in the desert, and the disastrous consequences we face when any part of this tenuous system fails.