Be an Adventurer

What does it mean to be an adventurer? It can mean spending years in the wild studying primates, climbing Mount Everest, flying solo across the ocean, or trying to find your way back home despite all odds and obstacles. The books on this list will inspire the adventurer in you.

  • The Odyssey

    2003 by Homer

    One of the first and arguably most epic of all adventure stories, this classic poem of Greek mythology has influenced literature for centuries and has been referenced in contemporary works such as the film O Brother Where Art Though and James Joyce's novel Ulysses.

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  • Amelia Earhart : The Turbulent Life of an American Icon

    2010 by Kathleen C Winters

    "In this nuanced and often surprising biography, acclaimed aviation historian Kathleen C. Winters moves beyond the caricature of the spunky, precocious pilot to offer a more complex portrait."—Publisher.

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  • A Journey for the Ages: Matthew Henson and Robert Peary's Historic North Pole Expedition

    2016 by Matthew Alexander Henson

    "In 1912, Henson chronicled his recollections of this historic journey in a memoir originally entitled A Negro Explorer at the North Pole. Now reissued as First to the North Pole, this edition of Henson's memoir features a new foreword by Explorer Club president Ted Janulis, emphasizing the importance of Henson's historic achievements."—Publisher

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  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

    2015 by Jules Verne

    "Professor Aronnax and his two companions, trapped aboard a fantastic submarine as prisoners of the deranged Captain Nemo, come face-to-face with exotic ocean creatures and strange sights hidden from the world above."—Publisher

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  • Into Thin Air : A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster

    1997 by Jon Krakauer

    "The definitive account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed Outside journalist and author of the bestselling Into the Wild. Written with emotional clarity and supported by his unimpeachable reporting, Krakauer's eyewitness account of what happened on the roof of the world is a singular achievement."—Publisher

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  • Jane Goodall : The Woman Who Redefined Man

    2006 by Dale Peterson

    "Biographer Peterson shows how remarkable Goodall's accomplishments were, detailing not only how she revolutionized the study of primates, our closest relatives, but how she helped set radically new standards and a new intellectual style in the study of animal behavior."

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