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

Language

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. <div><br /></div><div>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 /> </div>
Billion Dollar Daddies: Special Edition: Jennie and Sam Book 2
by Breanna Hayse

Language

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’ journey of self-discovery leads them to unexpected places.<br />****<br />Jennie’s been afraid to let loose despite the encouragement of her four Daddy Dom/Fiancés. 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 ‘breaking’ 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’s knee. If it’s not the ice-covered lake calling her to swim, it’s the wilderness that surrounds her. Her heart aches for the ocean and the pod but, with a family of new ‘uncles’ guiding her and Richard in the age-play dynamic, she learns something very special about herself. This knowledge brings more than awareness—it challenges her to let go of expectations and jump into Littledom feet first. With that, Richard’s hopes are fulfilled, and he sees a future in fostering their unique relationship. What he doesn’t realize is that there’s much more yet to come- or that he won’t 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’s uncle, Scott Jenkins. Together with Dr. Bonham’s ‘blackmail box,’ videos captured on Jennie’s cell-phone, and a little information from Sam’s 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 />
Mind Gym: An Athlete's Guide to Inner Excellence
by , David Casstevens

Language

English

Pages

238

Publication Date

June 24, 2002

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<p><b>Praise for <i>Mind Gym</i></b></p> <p>"Believing in yourself is paramount to success for any athlete. Gary's lessons and David's writing provide examples of the importance of the mental game."<br /><br />--<b>Ben Crenshaw</b>, two-time Masters champion and former Ryder Cup captain</p> <p>"<i>Mind Gym</i> hits a home run. If you want to build mental muscle for the major leagues, read this book."<br /><br />--<b>Ken Griffey Jr.</b>, Major League Baseball MVP</p> <p>"I read <i>Mind Gym</i> on my way to the Sydney Olympics and really got a lot out of it. Gary has important lessons to teach, and you'll find the exercises fun and beneficial."<br /><br />--<b>Jason Kidd</b>, NBA All-Star and Olympic gold-medal winner</p> <p>In <i>Mind Gym</i>, noted sports psychology consultant Gary Mack explains how your mind influences your performance on the field or on the court as much as your physical skill does, if not more so. Through forty accessible lessons and inspirational anecdotes from prominent athletes--many of whom he has worked with--you will learn the same techniques and exercises Mack uses to help elite athletes build mental "muscle." <i>Mind Gym</i> will give you the "head edge" over the competition.</p>
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 “tough girl”—a young woman who confronts danger without apology—she slowly developed the strength and resilience the landscape demanded of her. </p><p>By turns funny and sobering, bold and tender, <em>Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube</em> brilliantly recounts Braverman’s 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’t 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—and so she resolved to embrace the wilderness and make it her own. </p><p>Assured, honest, and lyrical, <em>Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube</em> 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—navigating a grievous relationship with a fellow musher, and adapting to the expectations of her Norwegian neighbors—as she negotiates the complex demands of being a young woman in a man’s land.</p><p>Weaving fast-paced adventure writing and ethnographic journalism with elegantly wrought reflections on identity, <em>Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube</em> captures the triumphs and the perils of Braverman’s journey to self-discovery and independence in a landscape that is as beautiful as it is unforgiving. </p>
Entdeckungsfahrten im Pazifik: Die Logbücher der Reisen (1768-17...
by James Cook

Language

German

Pages

353

Publication Date

June 01, 2013

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Die Entdeckung der Südsee Kein Seefahrer vor James Cook unternahm so ausgedehnte Reisen, verbrachte so lange Zeiträume ununterbrochen auf See und kehrte mit so umfangreichen Kenntnissen weiter Teile der Erde zurück. Cook war der Navigator, der die weißen Flecken auf der Karte des Pazifischen Ozeans tilgte. Wir lesen heute, über zweihundert Jahre später, seine umfangreichen, sachlich knapp und unprätentiös gehaltenen Logbücher mit Atem raubender Faszination. In der Abfolge einer Fülle bildkräftig geschilderter Eindrücke und Erlebnisse erkennen wir auch die wachsende Erfahrung des Kapitäns in der Führung seiner Schiffe Endeavour, Resolution, Discovery und Adventure und ihrer Mannschaften. In ihrer epochalen Bedeutung, aber auch in ihrer abenteuerlichen Erlebnisfülle können die Reisen James Cooks durchaus in einem Atemzug mit den Fahrten des Columbus genannt werden.
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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<DIV><B>One of <I>Sports Illustrated</I>’s 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 />  </DIV>
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’s <em>Alaskan Bush People</em> in Thomas J. Sims’s <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’s most isolated and unforgiving environments—Nome, Alaska. Dr. Sims’ 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.  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 “outsider” 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. </p>
Arctic Dreams
by Barry H. Lopez

Language

English

Pages

496

Publication Date

June 25, 2013

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<DIV><B>This <I>New York Times</I>–bestselling exploration of the Arctic, a National Book Award winner, is “one of the finest books ever written about the far North” (<I>Publishers Weekly</I>). </B><BR />  <BR /> “The nation’s premier nature writer” 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—a place of dreams, fears, and awe-inspiring spectacle. This “dazzling” 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’s last frontiers (<I>The</I><I> New York Times</I>).<BR />  <BR /> Based on Barry Lopez’s 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 />  <BR /> Renowned environmentalist and author of <I>Desert Solitaire</I> Edward Abbey has called <I>Arctic Dreams</I> “a splendid book . . . by a man who is both a first-rate writer and an uncompromising defender of the wild country and its native inhabitants”—and the<I> New Yorker </I>hails it as a “landmark” 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 />  <BR /><I>This ebook features an illustrated biography of Barry Lopez including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.</I><BR />  </DIV>
Moon USA National Parks: The Complete Guide to All 59 Parks (Trav...
by Becky Lomax

Language

English

Pages

700

Publication Date

October 16, 2018

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<b>They've been dubbed America's best idea for a reason: get inspired, get outdoors, and discover the wild beauty of the United States with <i>Moon USA National Parks</i>. Inside you'll find:</b><br /><ul><li><b>Coverage of all 59 national parks, </b>from the misty mountains of the east and the redwoods of the west, to the glaciers of Alaska and volcanoes of Hawaii, organized by region</li><li><b>Strategic lists and itineraries:</b> Choose from lists of the best parks for hiking, wildlife, families, and scenic drives, or make your way down the list of the top ten national parks experiences across the country</li><li><b>The best outdoor adventures </b>in every park, including backpacking, biking, mountain climbing, kayaking, rafting, and more, plus <b>detailed hike descriptions and trail maps</b> marked with distance, duration, effort level, and trailheads</li><li><b>National parks road trips </b>with driving times and advice for linking multiple parks, interesting stops between them, and nearby attractions and state parks</li><li><b>Comprehensive planning resources:</b> With detailed maps and transportation tips, you'll have the tools to explore each park or region individually, or visit multiple for an epic national parks trip</li><li><b>Expert advice </b>from former park guide Becky Lomax on <b>how to avoid crowds</b>, what time of year to visit, and <b>where to stay</b> inside and outside the parks, from campgrounds to hotels</li><li><b>Know before you go:</b> Find essential background on climate, terrain, wildlife, history, and safety precautions, plus practical information on park fees, passes, and reservations, including how to obtain and use a National Parks Pass</li><li><b>Gorgeous, full-color photos</b> throughout, plus a handy <b>keepsake section</b> for your national parks stamps and a <b>detachable fold-out poster map</b></li></ul><b>Whether you're trekking to striking vistas, rafting a wild river, or camping under the stars, find your park adventure with <i>Moon USA National Parks</i>.</b><br /><br />For more in-depth information on a specific park, check out Moon's national parks travel guides.<br />
Abandoned: The Story of the Greely Arctic Expedition 1881-1884
by A. L. Todd

Language

English

Pages

358

Publication Date

November 14, 2015

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<b>Abandoned</b>, first published in 1961, is the riveting story of the ill-fated Greely Arctic Expedition. Launched in 1881 as part of the International Polar Year, the U.S. stationed a party of twenty-five men on what is today called Ellesmere Island off the northwest coast of Greenland. The volunteer crew was made up of 3 Army officers, 19 enlisted men, a civilian surgeon, and 2 Eskimo hunters. The commander of the group was thirty-seven-year-old Signal Corps Lieutenant Adolphus Washington Greely. During their first year on the ice, members of the expedition went farther toward the North Pole than anyone had gone before and collected a body of invaluable scientific data. The first supply ship sent to the men in the summer of 1882 was forced to turn back, and the men passed their second winter in isolation at their frigid basecamp. Personality clashes developed and grew steadily more intense. The second relief ship, sent in 1883, was crushed in the ice. Greely led his men south according to a prearranged plan, and they spent their third ice-bound winter encamped at Camp Sabine. Supplies ran out, the hunting failed, and the men began to die of starvation. In Washington an amazing controversy grew out of the failure of the rescue expeditions. Congress was reluctant to launch another attempt, but at last, largely because of the heroic efforts of Greely’s wife, Henrietta, the Navy was authorized to go in search of survivors. In the summer of 1884 the 6 survivors of the Greely expedition were safely returned home. The excitement which their rescue generated soon turned into a national scandal when rumors of cannibalism were supported by forensic evidence. <i>Abandoned</i> remains the most complete and authentic account of the Greely Expedition ever published. Included are 15 pages of maps and photographs.

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