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Into the Wild
Into the Wild
by Jon Krakauer
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Admitting an interest that borders on obsession, Krakauer searches for the clues to the drives and desires that propelled 24-year-old Chris McCandless to leave civilization behind and head into the remote Alaskan wilderness. Four months later, McCandless'... (read more)

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Coming Into the Country
Coming Into the Country
by John McPhee
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When Richard Nixon signed the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act in 1971, eighty million acres were flagged as possible national park land. Field expeditions were tasked with recording what was contained in these vast acres. Under this decree, five men... (read more)

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Summer at Tiffany
Summer at Tiffany
by Marjorie Hart
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New York City, 1945. Marjorie Jacobson and her best friend, Marty Garrett, arrive fresh from the Kappa house at the University of Iowa hoping to find summer positions as shopgirls. Turned away from the top department stores, they miraculously find jobs... (read more)

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Young Men and Fire
Young Men and Fire
by Norman MacLean
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On August 5, 1949, a crew of fifteen of the United States Forest Service's elite airborne firefighters, the Smokejumpers, stepped into the sky above a remote forest fire in the Montana wilderness. Two hours after their jump, all but three of these men... (read more)

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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir
by Bill Bryson
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Bill Bryson has tackled the Appalachian Trail, troublesome words, Captain James Cook, and repatriation. After the entertaining (and just slightly ambitious) Short History of Nearly Everything, he turns the spotlight back on himself. "This is a book about... (read more)

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Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation
Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation
by Jonathan Kozol
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Chapter 1 The Number 6 train from Manhattan to the South Bronx makes nine stops in the 18-minute ride between East 59th Street and Brook Avenue. When you enter the train, you are in the seventh richest congressional district in the nation. When you leave,... (read more)

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Working on the Edge: Surviving in the World's Most Dangerous Profession, King Crab Fishing on Alaska's High Seas
Working on the Edge: Surviving in the World's Most Dangerous Profession, King Crab Fishing on Alaska's High Seas
by Spike Walker
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No profession pits man against nature more brutally than king crab fishing in the frigid, unpredictable waters of the Bering Sea. The yearly death toll is staggering (forty-two men in 1988 alone); the conditions are beyond most imaginations (90-mph... (read more)

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The Book of the Everglades
The Book of the Everglades
by Susan Cerulean
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With all the spice of southern storytelling, The Book of the Everglades brings to light the often outlandish results of humankind’s attempts to control and redesign nature. Journalists, essayists, poets, and educators tell how the natural plumbing... (read more)

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Revolutionary Boston, Lexington, and Concord: The Shots Heard 'Round the World (Boston & Concord)
Revolutionary Boston, Lexington, and Concord: The Shots Heard 'Round the World (Boston & Concord)
by Joseph L Andrews
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The only complete visitors' guide to the Revolutionary history and sites of Boston, Bunker Hill, the Freedom Trail, and the Battle Road, including Cambridge, Arlington, Lexington, Bedford, Concord, Lincoln, Acton, and Sudbury.... (read more)

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The Ride of Our Lives
The Ride of Our Lives
by Mike Leonard
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The Ride of Our Lives is the humorous yet deeply moving account of NBC journalist Mike Leonards cross-country odyssey with his eccentric parents, three grown children, and a daughter-in-law. Full of ups and downs, laughs and tears, the month-long journey... (read more)

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Waking Up in Eden: In Pursuit of an Impassioned Life on an Imperiled Island
Waking Up in Eden: In Pursuit of an Impassioned Life on an Imperiled Island
by Lucinda Fleeson
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Like so many of us, Lucinda Fleeson wanted to escape what had become a routine life. So, she quit her big-city job, sold her suburban house, and moved halfway across the world to the island of Kauai to work at the National Tropical Botanical Garden... (read more)

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The Lost German Slave Girl: The Extraordinary True Story of Sally Miller and Her Fight for Freedom in Old New Orleans
The Lost German Slave Girl: The Extraordinary True Story of Sally Miller and Her Fight for Freedom in Old New Orleans
by John Bailey
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It is a spring morning in New Orleans, 1843. In the Spanish Quarter, on a street lined with flophouses and gambling dens, Madame Carl recognizes a face from her past. It is the face of a German girl, Sally Miller, who disappeared twenty-five years... (read more)

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The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America
The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America
by Bill Bryson
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Following an urge to rediscover his youth, Bill Bryson left his native Des Moines, Iowa, in a journey that would take him across 38 states. Lucky for us, he brought a notebook. With a razor wit and a kind heart, Bryson serves up a colorful tale of... (read more)

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Gone to New York: Adventures in the City
Gone to New York: Adventures in the City
by Ian Frazier
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Welcome to Ian Frazier's New York, where every block is an event, and where the denizens are larger than life. Meet landlord extraordinaire Zvi Hugo Segal, and the man who scaled the World Trade Center. Learn the location of Manhattan's antipodes... (read more)

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The Big House: A Century in the Life of an American Summer Home
The Big House: A Century in the Life of an American Summer Home
by George Howe Colt
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“Evocative and beautifully written, House of Stone . . . should be read by anyone who wishes to understand the agonies and hopes of the Middle East.” — Kai Bird, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author of Crossing Mandelbaum... (read more)

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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir
by Bill Bryson
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Bill Bryson was born in the middle of the American century1951in the middle of the United States Des Moines, Iowa in the middle of the largest generation in American history the baby boomers. As one of the best and funniest writers alive, he is... (read more)

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Beneath the Diamond Sky: Haight-Ashbury, 1965-1970
Beneath the Diamond Sky: Haight-Ashbury, 1965-1970
by Barney Hoskyns
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An electrifying portrayal -- in text and 150 extraordinary pictures -- of the psychedelic culture that galvanized the Bay Area during that mythic time when "The Haight" emerged as the mecca of the counterculture. There is a magical aura even some three... (read more)

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The Barbary Plague: The Black Death in Victorian San Francisco
The Barbary Plague: The Black Death in Victorian San Francisco
by Marilyn Chase
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [257]-262) and index.... (read more)

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Katahdin: Legends, Exploration, and Preservation of Maine's Highest Peak
Katahdin: Legends, Exploration, and Preservation of Maine's Highest Peak
by John W. Neff
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Maine historian John Neffs compelling and comprehensive narrative traces the history legend and legacy of Mount Katahdin--the spectacular peak that looms over Maines Great North Woods--from the earliest Native American stories to colonial... (read more)

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Sea Level Rising
Sea Level Rising
by William Sargent
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On April 16, 2007, an early spring storm broke through Cape Cods barrier beach. Overnight, the citizens of Chatham had to contend with as much sea level rise as most communities will face in the next fifty years. A dozen homes were swept away in as many... (read more)

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