UPDATE: Get the free 2014 summer reading guide here.
Since I launched the 2013 summer reading guide, I’ve had lots of requests for the archived 2012 edition. I don’t want to flood your inboxes, but I also don’t want to leave you hanging if you’re looking for good stuff to read. So for the rest of the summer, one week at a time, I’m sharing a category from the 2012 guide.
If you haven’t yet, head here to snag your copy of this year’s summer reading guide.
Krakauer climbed Mt. Everest while on assignment for Outside Magazine in 1996, which would become the deadliest year in the history of the mountain. 8 people died on the peak the day Krakauer himself summited; 15 died that season. Krakauer lived to tell the tale of what it was like on the mountain that May. A first-class adventure story.
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, Christopher McDougall
McDougall’s quest begins with a simple question: “Why does my foot hurt?” In search of the answer, he delves into a world of ultramarathons, American expats and the Tarahumara Indians in the Copper Canyons of Mexico. Don’t be put off by the lengthy tangent about Why Running Shoes Are Bad. This is a great book.
Undaunted Courage, Stephen Ambrose
This sweeping history of the Lewis and Clark expedition reads like an adventure story. Drawing from the journals of William Clark and Meriwether Lewis, Ambrose re-creates the history of the expedition itself, and succeeds in bringing the characters to life. The book’s a little slow to warm up, but once the expedition begins it’s fascinating.
The Perfect Storm, Sebastian Junger
This true story of the storm of the century, which took place off the coast of Nova Scotia in 1991, weaves together the tales of the fishing crew aboard The Andrea Gail and the dramatic rescue of the three-person crew of the sailboat Satori in the Atlantic. A compelling and page-turning tale of man vs. nature.
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