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Allure of the Outdoors


“Over all, rocks, wood, and water, brooded the spirit of repose, and the silent energy of nature stirred the soul to its inmost depths.”

— Thomas Cole, Essay on American Scenery, 1835

Edward Abbey – 917 Abb – Desert Solitaire | Abbey – Fool’s Progress | 508.78 Abb – Journey Home: Some Words in Defense of the American West
Colin Angus – 918.11 Ang – Amazon Extreme: Three Ordinary Guys, One Rubber Raft and the Most Dangerous River on Earth
Wendell Berry – Berry – A Place on Earth
Tom Bissell – 915.87 Bis – Chasing the Sea
Erma Bombeck – 817 Bom – When You Look Like Your Passport Photo, It’s Time to Go Home
David Brenner – 817 Bre – If God Wanted Us to Travel…
Bill Bryson – 919.4 Bry – In a Sunburned Country | 917.3 Bry – The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America | 917.4 Bry – A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
Tim Cahill – 910.41 Cah – Hold the Enlightenment | Cahill – Jaguars Ripped My Flesh | 917.875 Cah – Lost in My Own Backyard: A Walk in Yellowstone National Park | 910.2 Not – Not So Funny When it Happened: The Best of Travel Humor and Misadventure | 910.4 Cah – Pass the Butterworms: Remote Journeys Oddly Rendered | 910.4 Cah – Pecked to Death by Ducks | 910.4 Cah – Road Fever: A High-Speed Travelogue | 910.4 Cah – A Wolverine is Eating My Leg
Apsley Cherry-Garrard – 919.89 Che – The Worst Journey in the World
Annie Dillard – 500.9 Dil – Pilgrim at Tinker Creek | 818 Dil – Teaching a Stone to Talk: And Other Expeditions and Encounters
Ivan Doig – B D678 – This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind | 979.7 Doi – Winter Brothers: A Season at the Edge of America
Gretel Ehrlich – 917.87 Ehr – The Solace of Open Spaces | 998.2 Ehr – This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland
Hal Espen – 796.5 Out – Outside 25: Classic Tales and New Voices from the Frontiers of America
Ian Frazier – 917.8 Fra – Great Plains
Peter Fromm – 917.966 Fro – Indian Creek Chronicles
Euell Gibbons – 581.632 Gib – Stalking the Good Life
A.B. Guthrie – Guthrie – Big Sky Stories
Larry Habegger – 910.4 Tra – The Gift of Travel: The Best of Travelers’ Tales
Eddy Harris – 917.7 Har – Mississippi Solo: A River Quest
Aidan Hartley – 967 Har – The Zanzibar Chest: A Story of Life, Love, and Death in Foreign Lands
William Least Heat-Moon – 917.3 Hea – Blue Highways: A Journey Into America | 917.815 Hea – PrairyErth (A Deep Map): An Epic History of the Tallgrass Prairie Country | 917.3 Hea – River Horse: The Logbook of a Boat Across America
Helen Hoover – 599.875 H76g – Gift of the Deer | 574.097 H76l – The Long-Shadowed Forest
Joseph Kinsey Howard – 978.6 H83m2 – Montana: High, Wide and Handsome
Roland Huntford – 919.89 Hun – The Last Place on Earth
Jason Kersten – 364.152 Ker – Journal of the Dead: A Story of Friendship and Murder in the New Mexico Desert
Barbara Kingsolver – 081 Kin – Small Wonder: Essays | 818 The – There’s No Toilet Paper on the Road Less Traveled: The Best of Travel Humor and Misadventure
Aldo Leopold – 574 Leo – Sand County Almanac
Gene Logsden – 630.973 Log – Living at Nature’s Pace: Farming and the American Dream
Barry Lopez – 818 Lop – About This Life: Journeys on the Threshold of Memory | 919.8 Lop – Arctic Dreams | 814 Lop – Crossing Open Ground | 500.915 Lop – Desert Notes: Reflections in the Eye of a Raven
Peter Matthiessen – 598.32 Mat – Birds of Heaven: Travels With Cranes | 915.42 Mat – Snow Leopard | 916.762 qMat – The Tree Where Man Was Born
Patricia McCairen – 917.913 McC – Canyon Solitude: A Woman’s Solo River Journey Through the Grand Canyon
John A. McPhee – 917.98 McP – Coming Into the Country | 305.2 McP – Control of Nature
Herman Melville – Melville – Moby Dick | Melville – Omoo | Melville – Typee
Tim Moore – 914 Moo – Grand Tour: The European Adventure of a Continental Drifter
Sigurd Olson – 500.9 Ols – Reflections From the North Country | 574.97 Ol8s – The Singing Wilderness
James O’Reilly – 904 Dan – Danger! True Stories of Trouble and Survival
P.J. O’Rourke – 817 Oro – Holidays in Hell
Robert Young Pelton – 910.92 Pel – Adventurist: My Life in Dangerous Places | 613.69 Pel – Come Back Alive
Jonathan Raban – 917.7 Rab – Old Glory: A Voyage Down the Mississippi
Donald G. Schueler – 508.762 Sch – Handmade Wilderness
Vikram Seth – 915.15 Set – From Heaven Lake: Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet
Hampton Sides – 508 Why – Why Moths Hate Thomas Edison and Other Urgent Inquiries Into the Odd Nature of Nature
Joe Simpson – 796.522 Sim – Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man’s Miraculous Survival
Gary Snyder – 811 Sny – Mountains and Rivers Without End | 814 Sny – Place in Space: Ethics, Aesthetics, and Watersheds
Mark Spragg – B Sp67 – Where Rivers Change Direction
John Steinbeck – 818 Ste – Travels With Charley in Search of America
Paul Theroux – 916 The – Dark Star Safari: Overland From Cairo to Cape Town | 910.4 The – Fresh Air Fiend: Travel Writings | 910.4 The – To the Ends of the Earth
Wilfred Thesiger – 915.3 The – Arabian Sands
Henry David Thoreau – 818 Tho – Walden
Mark Twain – Twain – Adventures of Huckleberry Finn | 917.7 Twa – Life on the Mississippi | 817 Twa – Roughing It
Terry Tempest Williams – 333.784 Wil – Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert | 616.994 Wil – Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place
Colin Woodard – 363.739 Woo – Ocean’s End: Travels Through Endangered Seas
Helen Whybrow – 910.4 Why – Dead Reckoning: Great Adventure Writing From the Golden Age of Exploration, 1800-1900

Ready for More Adventure?
Order these titles through Interlibrary Loan

We include here a number of titles in this list which are not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries. All books owned by Lincoln City Libraries are hotlinked above to their entries in our library catalog, so that you may check on their current availability. If any of these titles below appeal to you, please consider ordering them through the services provided by our Interlibrary Loan department.

Edward Abbey – Down the River
Colin Angus – Lost in Mongolia: Rafting the World’s Last Unchallenged River
Lisa Bach – 365 Travel: A Daily Book of Journeys, Meditations, and Adventures
Marybeth Bond – Gutsy Mamas: Travel Tips and Wisdom for Mothers on the Road | Gutsy Women: Travel Tips and Wisdom for the Road | Women’s Passion for Travel: More True Stories from a Woman’s World
Bill Bryson – Bill Bryson’s African Diary
Faith Conlon – Gifts of the Wild: A Woman’s Book of Adventure | Woman Alone: Travel Tales From Around the Globe
David Lee Drotar – Steep Passages: A World-Wide Eco-Adventurer Unlocks Nature’s Spiritual Truths
Gary Ferguson – Hawks Rest: A Season in the Remote Heart of Yellowstone
Amitav Ghosh – In an Antique Land: History in the Guise of a Traveler’s Tale
William Least Heat-Moon – Old Man River and Me: One Man’s Journey Down the Mighty Mississippi
Jamie Jensen – Road Trip USA: Cross-Country Adventures on America’s Two-Lane Highways
Doug Lansky – First Time Around the World | Up the Amazon Without a Paddle | Last Trout in Venice | The Far-Flung Escapades of an Accidental Adventurer
Katie Lee – All My Rivers Are Gone: A Journey of Discovery Through Glen Canyon
Jennifer L. Leo – Sand in My Bra and Other Misadventures: Funny Women Write From the Road
Andrew Meier – Black Earth: A Journey Through Russia After the Fall
Tim Moore – Frost on My Moustache: The Arctic Exploits of a Lord and Loafer
Gary Paul Nabhan – Desert Smells Like Rain: A Naturalist in O’Odham Country | Songbirds, Truffles, and Wolves: An American Naturalist in Italy
Sam O’Reilly – Hyenas Laughed at Me and Now I Know Why: The Best of Travel Humor and Misadventure
Tim Rundquist – How Heavy is the Mountain
Gary Snyder – Back Country
Richard Sterling – Fire Never Dies: One Man’s Raucous Romp Down the Road of Food, Passion, and Adventure
Laura Stoddart – Off the Beaten Path: A Wanderer’s Anthology
Terry Tempest Williams – Coyote’s Canyon

Printed List March 2004 rt
Updated for the Web May 2004 sdc — last updated March 2020 sdc/kj