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Vicariously travel throughout the world into regions and activities full of danger, adventure and the unexpected with these winning adventure titles.
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Adventure on the sea, in the sea, and down rivers

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Adrift : 76 days lost at sea - Thomas Callahan
Call Number: 910.091631 CAL
ISBN: 0345340833
Publication Date: 1986
The title says it all! 76 days lost at sea -- no food, sharks, and isolation. This is survival extreme.

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Endurance : Shackleton's legendary Antarctic voyage - Caroline Alexander
Call Number: 919.8904 ALE
ISBN: 0375404031
Publication Date: 1998
Shackleton's ship, The Endurance, is crushed in the ever-thickening ice of the Antartic and he and his crew take to the frozen barren land this well-known harrowing tale.

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In the heart of the sea : the tragedy of the whaleship Essex - Nathaniel Philbrick
Call Number: 910.9164 Phi
ISBN: 0670891576
It's man versus whale in the story of the whaling vessel that inspired Herman Melville's Moby Dick.

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Other Side of the Ice - Allan Kreda; Sprague Theobald
Call Number: 910.9163 THE
ISBN: 1616086238
Since Roald Amundsen completed the first successful crossing of the fabled Northwest Passage in 1906, only twenty-four pleasure craft have followed in his wake. Theobald embarked on a journey from his home port of Newport, Rhode Island,through the Passage and around Alaska to Seattle - an 8,500-mile trek filled with constant danger from ice, polar bears,and severe weather.

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River of Doubt : Theodore Roosevelt's darkest journey - Candice Millard
Call Number: Bio ROOSEVELT
ISBN: 9780767913737
Publication Date: 2005
Adventure is never far from our 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt, but this time maybe even he had more than he could handle.

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Shadow Divers : the true adventure of two Americans who risked everything to solve one of the last mysteries of World War II - Robert Kurson
Call Number: 940.5451 KUR
ISBN: 0375508589
Publication Date: 2004
You'll be gasping for air as you follow these men into the depths of the sea.

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Titanic Survivor : the newly discovered memoirs of Violet Jessop who survived both the Titanic and Brittanic disasters - Violet Jessop
Call Number: 363.123 JES
ISBN: 1574090356
Publication Date: 1997
One woman, two shipwrecks, and a lot of luck.

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Trial by ice : the true story of murder and survival on the 1871 Polaris expedition - Richard Parry
Call Number: 919.804 PAR
ISBN: 0345439252
Publication Date: 1999
Here's the shivering story of the doomed expedition of the Polaris - the U.S.'s first attempt at a Northwest Passage.

 

Adventures on Land

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Alive! : the story of the Andes survivors - Pier Paul Read
Call Number: 982 Rea
ISBN: 0060778660
The unforgettable story of the Uruguayan rugby team that survive a plane crash and find themselves stranded in the Andes.

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Between a rock and a hard place - Aron Ralston
Call Number: Bio Ralston
ISBN: 0743492811
The book behind the movie '127 hours'. A young man slowly saws off his own arm when after it is pinned beneath an 800lb boulder.

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Buried in the Sky - Peter Zuckerman; Amanda Padoan
Call Number: 796.522 ZUC
ISBN: 9780393079883
In August 2008, when eleven climbers lost their lives on K2, the world's most dangerous peak, two Sherpas survived. They had emerged from poverty and political turmoil to become two of the most skillful mountaineers on earth.

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Into the Wild - Jon Krakauer
Call Number: 917.9804 KRA
ISBN: 067942850X
Chris McCandless drops out of society to live in the backwoods of Alaska in an abandoned bus. He doesn't survive and this book is Krakauer's attempt to see what went wrong.

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Into Thin Air - Jon Krakauer : a personal account of the Mount Everest disaster
Call Number: 796.522 KRA
ISBN: 0679457526
Once you reach the top of the world anything can happen. Krakauer delves into what really did happen an ill-fated day in 1996

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Lost City of Z : a deadly tale of obsession in the Amazon - David Grann
Call Number: 918.11046 GRA
ISBN: 9780385513531
Danger abounds as author Grann follows in the footsteps of an explorer gone missing in 1925 looking for a legendary lost city.



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The Snake Charmer : life and death in pursuit of knowledge - Jamie James
Call Number: 597.96 Jam
ISBN: 9781401302139
On a snake hunting trip deep in the jungles of Burma, herpetologist Joe Slowinski makes a fatal mistake.

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To the Last Breath - Francis Slakey
Call Number: B SLAKEY
ISBN: 9781439198957


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Walking the Amazon - Ed Stafford
Call Number: 918.11 STA
ISBN: 9780452298262
A riveting account of one man’s history-making journey along the entire length of the Amazon—and through the most bio-diverse habitat on Earth.

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Whatever you do, don't run : true tales of a Botswana safari guide - Peter Allison
Call Number: 916.883 All
ISBN: 9780762745654
A laugh-out-loud fish-out-of water tale of a 19-year old Australian who finds himself as a safari guide in Botswana.

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Wild - Cheryl Strayed
Call Number: B STRAYED
ISBN: 9780307592736
A powerful, blazingly honest, inspiring memoir: the story of a 1,100 mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe--and built her back up again.

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Wild Trees : a story of passion and daring - Richard Preston
Call Number: 585.509 PRE
ISBN: 9781400064892
You'll never look at a tree the same again once you join this band of tree scientists and rogues in the otherworldy tops of giant trees.

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The Old Ways - Robert Macfarlane
Call Number: 914.2 MAC
ISBN: 9780670025114
Robert Macfarlane sets off from his Cambridge, England, home to follow the ancient tracks, holloways, drove roads, and sea paths that crisscross both the British landscape and its waters and territories beyond. The result is an immersive, enthralling exploration of the ghosts and voices that haunt old paths, of the stories our tracks keep and tell, and of pilgrimage and ritual.

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Will to live : dispatches from the edge of survival - Les Stroud
Call Number: 613.69
ISBN: 9780062026576
TV's Survivorman recounts inspiring stories of survival and courage.

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The Vast Unknown - Broughton Coburn
Call Number: 796.522 COB
ISBN: 9780307887146

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Into the Abyss - Carol Shaben
Call Number: 613.69 SHA
ISBN: 9781455501953
Only four men survived the plane crash. The pilot. A politician. A cop... and the criminal he was shackled to. On an icy night in October 1984, a commuter plane carrying nine passengers crashed in the remote wilderness of northern Alberta, killing six people. 4 Survived.

 

Adventures underground or in the air

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33 men : inside the miraculous survival and dramatic rescue of the Chilean miners - Jonathan Franklin
Call Number: 363.119 Fra
ISBN: 9780399157776
Trapped deep underground for more than nine weeks, 33 men gripped the nation as the world struggled to get them out alive.

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Blind descent : the quest to find the deepest place on earth - James Tabor
Call Number: 795.525 TAB
ISBN: 9781400067671
This book is deep, really deep. Find out what happens when you lose your only source of light when you're deep down underground.

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Lost in Shangri-la : a true story of survival, adventure and the most incredible rescue mission of World War II - Mitchell Zuckoff
Call Number: 940.548 ZUC
ISBN: 9780061988349
Stranded deep in a jungle full of cannibalistic tribes, three airplane crash survivors struggle to get out alive.

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Lost Moon : the perilous voyage of Apollo 13 - Jim Lovell & Jeffrey Kluger
ISBN: 0395670292
Lowell and his crew on board Apollo 13 are stranded, losing oxygen and without heat after a disasterous electrical problem on their space shuttle. Nail-biting, even for those who already know the ending.

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Nine minutes, twenty seconds : the tragedy and triumph of ASA flight 529 - Gary M. Pomerantz
Call Number: 363.12465 Pom
ISBN: 0609606336
This white-knuckler recounts the nine minutes and twenty seconds that elapse from an airplane's distress until its crash into the countryside of Georgia. Nineteen people survived to tell about it.

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Reach for the skies : ballooning, birdmen and blasting into space - Richard Branson
Call Number: 629.1 BRA
ISBN: 9781617230035
Mogul Branson recounts the courageous and inspiring stories of the daredevils of the sky.

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The Map of My Dead Pilots - Colleen Mondor
Call Number: 387.7092 MON
ISBN: 9780762773619
The Map of My Dead Pilotsis about flying, pilots, and Alaska—and, more specifically, about those pilots who take death-defying risks in the Last Frontier and sometimes pay the price.

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West with the Night - Beryl Markham
Call Number: Bio MARKHAM
ISBN: 0865471185
This is Markham's account of her singular accomplishment -- being the first person to fly West to East across the Atlantic.

This publication was supported in part by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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