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  Cover Art: In the Land of White Death: An Epic Story of Survival in the Siberian Arctic Albanov, Valerian Ivanovich
In the Land of White Death: An Epic Story of Survival in the Siberian Arctic
A Russian navigator describes an ill-fated 1912 Arctic expedition aboard the Saint Anna, and his grueling cross-country journey to get help in 1914.
2000
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Last River: The Tragic Race for Shangri-la Balf, Todd
The Last River: The Tragic Race for Shangri-la
In 1998 a talented team of kayakers attempted to navigate the uncharted Tsangpo River in the Himalayas, which is considered the “Everest of Rivers” and runs through an area of legendary beauty. Balf chronicles their quest, exploring the river's lure and lore.
2000
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride Brown, Daniel
The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride
A chronicle of the mid-nineteenth-century wagon train tragedy draws on the perspectives of one of its survivors, Sarah Graves, recounting how her new husband and she joined the Donner party on their California-bound journey and encountered violent perils, in an account that also offers insight into the scientific reasons that some died while others survived.
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book (Biography)
  Cover Art: The Ledge : an Adventure Story of Friendship and Survival On Mount Rainier Davidson, Jim
The Ledge : an Adventure Story of Friendship and Survival On Mount Rainier
"In June 1992, best friends Jim Davidson and Mike Price stood triumphantly atop Washington's Mount Rainier, celebrating what they hoped would be the first of many milestones in their lives as passionate young mountaineers. Instead, their conquest gave way to catastrophe when a cave-in plunged them deep inside a glacial crevasse--the pitch-black, ice-walled hell that every climber's nightmares are made of.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Island of the Lost: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World Druett, Joan
Island of the Lost: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World
Describes how the crews of two different vessels became shipwrecked on opposite ends of the same deserted island and the very different experiences of the two groups--one of which through sheer determination and fortitude overcame the challenges of their environment, while the other descended into complete anarchy.
2007
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Rescue Season: The Heroic Story of Parajumpers on the Edge of the World Drury, Bob
The Rescue Season: The Heroic Story of Parajumpers on the Edge of the World
Alaska's 210th Pararescue Squadron is the Air Force's special unit of parajumpers dedicated to civilian rescues. They routinely save lives of mountaineers, fishermen and hunters under extreme weather conditions. Recounted here is the dramatic mission to rescue mountain climbers trapped on Mount Denali during a perilous storm.
2001
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Lost in the Wild: Danger and Survival in the North Woods Griffith, Cary J.
Lost in the Wild: Danger and Survival in the North Woods
True survival odysseys of two wilderness adventurers who entered the woods in search of tranquility but found something else entirely.
2006
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: North By Northwestern: A Seafaring Family in Deadly Alaskan Waters Hansen, Sig
North By Northwestern: A Seafaring Family in Deadly Alaskan Waters
Built around a gripping tale of a deadly shipwreck like "The Perfect Storm", "North By Northwestern" is the multi-generational tale of the Hansen family, a clan of tough Norwegian-American fishermen who, through the popularity of the Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch", have become modern folk-heroes.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Hell or High Water: Surviving Tibet's Tsangpo River Heller, Peter
Hell or High Water: Surviving Tibet's Tsangpo River
The Tsangpo Gorge in southeastern Tibet has lured explorers and adventurers since its discovery. Sacred to the Buddhists, the inspiration for Shangri La, the Gorge is as steeped in legend and mystery as any spot on earth. As a river-running challenge, the remote Tsangpo is relentlessly unforgiving, more difficult than any stretch of river ever attempted...The finest expedition paddlers on earth have tried. Several have died. All have failed. Until now.
2004
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Under Pressure: The Final Voyage of Submarine S-5 Hill, Alvin Joseph
Under Pressure: The Final Voyage of Submarine S-5
Follows the dramatic 1920 struggle by Lieutenant Commander Charles M. Cooke, Jr., and the crew of the Navy sub S-5 to escape their sinking submarine and attract the attention of a rescue ship before they all drowned.
2002
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Holding Fast: The Untold Story of the Mount Hood Tragedy James, Karen
Holding Fast: The Untold Story of the Mount Hood Tragedy
In December 2006, millions of people across the world prayed and waited in anguish to learn the fate of 3 climbers trapped on Mt. Hood. The worst storm in the last decade was pounding the mountain with hurricane-force winds that would not permit the army of rescue workers to do their work...What happened next would change the lives of everyone involved and deeply touch millions of people who desperately hoped to see a Christmas miracle.
2008
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Savage Summit: The True Stories of the Five Women Who Climbed K2 the World's Most Feared Mountain Jordan, Jennifer
Savage Summit: The True Stories of the Five Women Who Climbed K2 the World's Most Feared Mountain
Recounts the true stories of five women who climbed the dangerous K2 mountain, describing how they overcame the harshest climbing and weather conditions of any mountain in the world.
2005
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed Kodas, Michael
High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed
Kodas, a journalist with The Hartford Courant and a seasoned climber, has written a very disturbing and fast-paced account of the dark side of climbing Mount Everest. Drugs, prostitution, theft and violent crime, and total disregard for human life were among the kinds of behavior the author found when he joined a New England group on an expedition to Everest.
2008
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Into the Wild Krakauer, Jon
Into the Wild
The story of Chris McCandless, a young man who embarked on a solo journey into the wilds of Alaska and whose body was discovered four months later, explores the allure of the wilderness
1996
Adult Nonfiction Book (Biography)
  Cover Art: Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster Krakauer, Jon
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster
The author of Into the Wild describes his spring 1996 trek to Mt. Everest, an expedition that ended in disaster, claiming the lives of eight climbers, and explains why he survived, in a definitive, firsthand account of the tragedy.
1997
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: All the Men in the Sea: The Untold Story of One of the Greatest Rescues in History Krieger, Michael J.
All the Men in the Sea: The Untold Story of One of the Greatest Rescues in History
Recounts the daring 1995 rescue of 245 workers washed into the ocean from Derrick Lay Barge 269 by Hurricane Roxanne, offering tribute to the crews of three tugboats who saved them.
2002
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Alone : Orphaned On the Ocean Logan, Richard and Tere Duperrault Fassbender
Alone : Orphaned On the Ocean
Co-authored by a psychologist and survival expert, this book delves into the details of how a little girl survived the at-sea murder of her family; the pod of whales who guarded her; and the aftermath and the recapturing of life.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Shattered Air: A True Account of Catastrophe and Courage On Yosemite's Half Dome Madgic, Bob
Shattered Air: A True Account of Catastrophe and Courage On Yosemite's Half Dome
On July 27, 1985, five hikers decided to attempt to climb Yosemite's Half Dome despite gathering storm clouds. By night's end, two were dead from a lightning strike and three more were gravely wounded. In this volume, outdoor writer and experienced climber Madgic draws upon interviews with the survivors to recount the events of that fateful day.
2005
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Crossing the Gates of Alaska : One Man Two Dogs 600 Miles Off the Map Metz, Dave
Crossing the Gates of Alaska : One Man Two Dogs 600 Miles Off the Map
In this gripping true account, the author shares his death-defying three-month journey though the Arctic outback where his 600-mile trek took him to the remotest regions of the untamed North--and where his sense of adventure and unwavering spirit led to his survival.Armchair travelers and Krakauer fans will enjoy the death-defying descriptions.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Ada Blackjack: A True Story of Survival in the Arctic Niven, Jennifer
Ada Blackjack: A True Story of Survival in the Arctic
An account of a young Inuit woman's ordeal alone on a remote, uninhabited Arctic island describes the efforts of Ada Blackjack and her four male companions to colonize desolate Wrangel Island, the deaths of her associates, her struggle to survive, and her eventual return to civilization, drawing on never-before-seen diaries and interviews with Ada's surviving son.
2003
Adult Nonfiction Book (Biography)
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