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Title: Need Book Suggestions
Post by: steelfrog on April 19, 2011, 09:06:26 AM
Good morning.  I got as Kindle finally, mostly for hiking/camping/travelling.  I need good book suggestions to populate it.  Warning, I read A LOT, so newer or obscure book suggestions are better.  Not necessarily BB related, but outdoorsy; especially mountains.  Or desert.  Many thanks.
Title: Re: Need Book Suggestions
Post by: bbbrain on April 19, 2011, 09:19:48 AM
Edward Abbey.  The aforementioned Empire of the Summer Moon by S. C. Gwynne.  J. Frank Dobie.  Tony Hillerman, but only the early ones.
Title: Re: Need Book Suggestions
Post by: bbbrain on April 19, 2011, 09:24:02 AM
God's Country or Devil's Playground.  Goodbye to a River.  Parent's hiking guides.
Title: Re: Need Book Suggestions
Post by: jeffblaylock on April 19, 2011, 09:42:26 AM
See this thread for lots (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/big-bend-book-reviews/big-bend-books/) of Big Bend-related suggestions, though many may not have gone digital yet.
Title: Re: Need Book Suggestions
Post by: dkerr24 on April 19, 2011, 10:25:46 AM
Congratulations on your Kindle purchase.  I bought one for my wife a few months ago, and I can hardly pry it from her fingers to recharge it.

Darin
Title: Re: Need Book Suggestions
Post by: Ray52 on April 19, 2011, 05:27:15 PM
Let me suggest Ranger Confidential by Andrea Lankford, and on a similar topic, The Last Season by Eric Blehm which I picked up at Terlingua Trading Post a few months ago.  And since someone has already mentioned Goodbye to a River, try From a Limestone Ledge also by John Graves.
Title: Re: Need Book Suggestions
Post by: catz on April 19, 2011, 07:24:05 PM
"A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson and "Into Thin Air" by Jon Kralauer. 
Title: Re: Need Book Suggestions
Post by: backpacker56 on April 19, 2011, 10:51:42 PM
I would suggest going to www.spiritburner.co m and looking at the "Stoves in Literature" section, which contains excerpts from numerous titles.  The focus, obviously, is on classic stoves (e.g. Primus), however, as stoves usually make but a "cameo" appearance within a larger story, there is promise here of a rich harvest of good reading, some classic works, others less well-known.

One of my all-time favorite outdoor books is "The Forest" by Stewart Edward White.  I believe it dates from about 1903.  You have probably already read Colin Fletcher's "The Man Who Walked Through Time".  Good narrative of a great adventure, although I cannot recommend his philosophy.  I also like James Edward Corbett's stories about hunting man-eaters in India. 

Mountaineering literature is always good for me.  Gaston Rebuffat's "Starlight and Storm" comes to mind.  That reminds me, I've been wanting to find a copy of "My Life" by Andreas Heckmair.  He lead the first ascent of the Eiger Nordwand in 1938.  Heinrich Harrer was also in the first ascent party, and his book "The White Spider" is a classic.

John
Title: Re: Need Book Suggestions
Post by: mule ears on April 20, 2011, 08:24:59 AM
I too am a big fan of "The Man Who Walked Through Time" but also very good by Fletcher is "River" where at 67 he walked and rafted the length of the Colorado River from it's source in the Wind River Range in Wyoming to the ocean.  Solo!  QS I know you can appreciate this book.  A bit introspective at times but quite an adventure.