One of Booklist's Top 10 Literary Travel Books of
"William Atkins is an erudite writer with a wonderful wit and gaze
and this is a new and exciting beast of a travel book."—Joy
In the classic literary tradition of Bruce Chatwin and Geoff Dyer,
a rich and exquisitely written account of travels in eight deserts
on five continents that evokes the timeless allure of these remote
and forbidding places.
In 1789, Alexander Mackenzie traveled 1200 miles on the immense
river in Canada that now bears his name, in search of the fabled
Northwest Passage that had eluded mariners for hundreds of years.
In 2016, the acclaimed memoirist Brian Castner retraced Mackenzie's
route by canoe in a grueling journey -- and discovered the Passage
he could not find.
No one writes about mountaineering and its attendant victories and
hardships more brilliantly than Jon Krakauer. . In this
collection of thirteen of his finest essays and reporting –
including the essay, “Is Yosemite Going To The Dogs”
– Krakauer writes of mountains from the memorable perspective
of one who has himself struggled with solo madness to scale
Alaska's notorious Devils Thumb.
A stunning debut; a Departures original publication. The
ultimate survival story; a wild ride—the wildest—down a
South American river in the thick of the Amazon Basin; a true and
thrilling adventure of a young married couple who survive a plane
crash only to later raft hundreds of miles across Peru and Bolivia,
ending up in a channel to nowhere, a dead end so flooded there is
literally no land to stand on.
What does it take to be one of the world's best high-altitude
mountain climbers. A lot of fundraising; traveling in some of the
world's most dangerous countries; enduring cold bivouacs, searing
lungs, and a cloudy mind when you can least afford one. It means
learning the hard lessons the mountains teach.
The best-selling author of Born to Run now travels
to the Mediterranean, where he discovers that the secrets of
ancient Greek heroes are still alive and well on the island of
Crete, and ready to be unleashed in the muscles and minds of
casual athletes and aspiring heroes everywhere.
A remarkable book that will both guide and inspire, The
Happiness of Pursuit reveals how anyone can bring meaning into
their life by undertaking a quest.
When he set out to visit all of the planet’s countries by age
thirty-five, compulsive goal seeker Chris Guillebeau never imagined
that his journey’s biggest revelation would be how
many people like himself exist--each pursuing a challenging