The Adventurer's Sonby Roman DialWhat happened: When 27-year-old Cody Dial didn't return home from a solo trip hiking in Costa Rica's Corcovado National Park in 2014, his dad, Alaskan adventurer and biology professor Roman Dial, went to look for him.
Why you should read it: This captivating, fast-paced story provides a poignant look at the choices we make, father-and-son relationships, and dealing with loss.
For fans of: Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild; Carl Hoffman's The Last Wild Men of Borneo.
Pravda Ha Haby Rory MacLeanWhat happened: Three decades after a 1989 trip across newly opened Eastern Europe (see Stalin's Nose), travel writer Rory MacLean retraced his steps in the opposite direction, visiting Russia, Estonia, Transnistria, Ukraine, Hungary, Poland, Germany, and more.
Read this next: Lisa Dickey's Bears in the Streets or Anne Garrels' Putin Country -- both look at Russia at different points in time over recent decades.
Reviewers say: "An engrossing travelogue that’s both trenchantly observant and deeply felt" (Publishers Weekly).
The Impossible Firstby Colin O'BradyWhat happened: American adventurer Colin O'Brady, who suffered severe burns to his legs years ago, set out to cross the Antarctic alone and unassisted for the first time on record, just as a British man was attempting the same thing.
What you should know: O'Brady's path was on a marked ice road for the last third of the trip and many members of the polar exploration community, including Jon Krakauer, say that doesn't qualify as unassisted; O'Brady acknowledges his route, but stands by his claim.
Read this next: David Grann's The White Darkness, which details Henry Worsely's 2015 attempt to walk across Antarctica alone.
Overground Railroadby Candacy TaylorWhat happened: When Candacy Taylor learned about the Green Book -- a travel guide for African Americans published from the 1930s-1960s that listed safe places to eat and stay -- she sought more details, eventually driving nearly 40,000 miles across the modern U.S. to see what's changed.
Don't miss: Both new and old photographs; vintage advertisements.
Ice at the End of the Worldby Jon GertnerWhat it is: An eye-opening examination of Greenland that combines science, history, and travelogue.
Why you might like it: This gripping book pairs vividly detailed accounts of early scientific expeditions with present-day travels to and assessments of Greenland and its rapidly melting ice sheet.
Risingby Elizabeth RushWhat it is: An evocative, award-winning exploration of the effects of rising coastal waters that's supported by smart, detailed reporting and moving interviews with scientists and locals.
Locations include: Rhode Island, Maine, New York, Florida, Louisiana, California, and Oregon.
Reviewers say: "Rush captures nature with precise words that almost amount to poetry" (The New York Times); "this book deserves to be read by all" (Publishers Weekly).
Chesapeake Requiemby Earl SwiftWhat it's about: For months, author Earl Swift visited Virginia's small Tangier Island, located in the Chesapeake Bay and home to a close-knit crabbing community of about 500 people.
Why you should read it: In lyrical prose, Swift presents a fascinating history of the island while describing the devastating effects of rising sea levels on the islanders’ already endangered way of life.
Want a taste? "Here live people so isolated for so long that they have their own style of speech, a singsong brogue of old words and phrases."
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