Sometimes the truth is crazier than fiction! These titles are the nonfiction accounts of some pretty wild times and adventures in nature. Check one out to see for yourself!
- Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer is the true story of Christopher John McCandless. In April 1992, McCandless walked alone into the Alaskan wilderness, after having abandoned or given away most of his possessions, never to return.
- For more by Krakauer, Into Thin Air is his harrowing first person account of his Mount Everest Summit.
- Lab Girl is geobiologist Hope Jahren’s autobiography and celebration of plant life and nature.
- Cheryl Strayed’s Wild is her first-person account of her solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail and all that she encounters and realizes along the way. It was also made into a movie starring Reese Witherspoon!
- Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors by Piers Paul Reed, a nonfiction account of the horrifying plane wreck in the Andes mountains where a rugby team is stranded and what they must do to survive.
Available as a digital title through OverDrive:
- A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail Follow Bill Bryson on a funny and touching hike through the 2,100 mile long Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. A print copy is available here.
- The Tiger: The True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant. An incredible true story of a man-eating tiger on the prowl outside a remote village in Russia’s Far East.
- The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann. An adventure narrative about what lies beneath the jungle canopy of the Amazon.
- No Picnic on Mount Kenya: The Story of Three POWs’ Escape to Adventure by Felice Benuzzi. The story of three POW’s escape to adventure, captured in Africa during World War II.