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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>WINNER OF THE 2019 BANFF MOUNTAIN BOOK COMPETITION: ADVENTURE TRAVEL<br /><br />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 />
Alone in Antarctica: The First Woman to Ski Solo Across the South...
by Felicity Aston

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English

Pages

253

Publication Date

October 14, 2014

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<b>A memoir of a challenging adventure that “pulls us in and makes us feel as though we are with her, at the freezing-cold bottom of the world” (<i>Booklist</i>)<i>.</i></b><br />  <br /> In the whirling noise of our technological age, we are seemingly never alone, never away from the barrage of electronic data and information. But Felicity Aston, physicist and meteorologist, took two months off from all human contact as she became the first woman—and only the third person in history—to ski across the entire continent of Antarctica alone. She did it, too, with the simple apparatus of cross-country, without the aids used by her predecessors, Norwegian men who employed either parasails or kites.<br />  <br /> Aston’s journey required extremes of mental and physical bravery as she faced the risks of unseen cracks buried in the snow so large they might engulf her, and hypothermia due to brutalizing weather. She had to deal, too, with her emotional vulnerability in face of the constant bombardment of hallucinations brought on by the vast sea of whiteness, the lack of stimulation to her senses as she faced what is tantamount to a form of solitary confinement.<br />  <br /> This is the inspirational saga of one woman’s battle through fear and loneliness as she honestly confronts both the physical challenges of her adventure and her own human vulnerabilities.<br /> “Brings to life the terror, the wonder, and the craziness of her two-month ordeal.” —<i>National Geographic</i>
Lonely Planet Panama (Travel Guide)
by , Regis St Louis

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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>
Surfacing
by Kathleen Jamie

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<b>“[Kathleen Jamie’s] essays guide you softly along coastlines of varying continents, exploring caves, and pondering ice ages until the narrator stumbles over — not a rock on the trail, but mortality, maybe the earth’s, maybe our own, pointing to new paths forward through the forest.” —Delia Owens, author of <i>Where the Crawdads Sing, </i>“By the Book” in <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.
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>
On Call in the Arctic: A Doctor's Pursuit of Life, Love, and Mira...
by Thomas J. Sims

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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

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English

Pages

496

Publication Date

June 25, 2013

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<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 />  
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’s leading penguin experts and Antarctic explorers.</strong></p><br /><p>George Murray Levick was the physician on Robert Falcon Scott’s 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’s 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—but why was it hidden to begin with? The ever-fascinating and charming penguin holds the key. Moving deftly between both Levick’s and Davis’s 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>
My Life with the Eskimo
by Vilhjalmur Stefansson

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English

Pages

478

Publication Date

May 13, 2018

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<h2>Who are the Eskimo peoples?<br /><br />And how do they survive in the freezing conditions of the far north?</h2><br /><br />Vilhjálmur Stefánsson left New York in April 1908 to begin his journey northwards and into the Arctic Circle. <br /><br />For the next two years he made his way northwards to Victoria Island to study an isolated group of Inuit who still used primitive tools and had strong Caucasian features, and whom some believed were descended from Vikings.<br /><br />The journey into these remote areas was incredibly tough and being delayed by blizzards Stefánsson, along with his companions, were forced to eat the tongue of a beached whale that had been dead for at least four years. <br /><br />Stefánsson, who learnt how to communicate with the Inuit, provides fascinating insight into the beliefs and every day life of these people.<br /><br />“the book is full of psychologic and human interest, and of clear-cut observation of many different kinds.” <em>The North American Review</em><br /><br />“This book contains a wealth of ethnological and biological information … this is a valuable contribution to the scientific study of the Eskimos, by one who knows them thoroughly.” <em>The Literary Digest</em><br /><br />“It is impossible to analyze with certainty the amalgam of motives underlying the ceaseless movement of northern exploration, but the lure of the difficult and the dangerous can hardly be less active than the desire to enlarge bounds of human knowledge.” <em>The Nation</em><br /><br />This book is essential reading for anyone interested in this remarkable expedition and for people who want to find out more about life of people in the far north prior to the advent of modern technology.<br /><br />Vilhjálmur Stefánsson was a Canadian Artic explorer and ethnologist. Under the auspices of the American Museum of Natural History, New York, he and Dr. R. M. Anderson undertook the ethnological survey of the Central Arctic coasts of the shores of North America from 1908 to 1912. The results of this expedition were <em>My Life with the Eskimo</em> first published in 1913. Stefánsson passed away in 1962.<br />
Antarctica: An Intimate Portrait of a Mysterious Continent
by Gabrielle Walker

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English

Pages

421

Publication Date

January 15, 2013

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<p>Antarctica is the most alien place on the planet, the only part of the earth where humans could never survive unaided. Out of our fascination with it have come many books, most of which focus on only one aspect of its unique strangeness. None has managed to capture the whole story—until now.<br /><br />Drawing on her broad travels across the continent, in <i>Antarctica </i>Gabrielle Walker weaves all the significant threads of life on the vast ice sheet into an intricate tapestry, illuminating what it really feels like to be there and why it draws so many different kinds of people. With her we witness cutting-edge science experiments, visit the South Pole, lodge with American, Italian, and French researchers, drive snowdozers, drill ice cores, and listen for the message Antarctica is sending us about our future in an age of global warming.<br /><br />This is a thrilling trip to the farthest reaches of earth by one of the best science writers working today.</p>

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