Summer Adventures at the Library

What great adventure are you planning for your summer? Trekking through the mountains of Vermont? Sailing off the coast of Maine? Scuba diving in the waters of the West Indies? Touring the highlands of Scotland? Camping in the deserts of New Mexico? Or visiting the relatives in New Jersey? Whatever your plans, you’ll find no better summer escape than a real life adventure story. It’s by far the best way to get away from it all and lose yourself in another world. Check out some of the best titles in this excellent genre.

Lost in Shangri-la: a true story of survival, adventure and the most incredible rescue mission of World War II, by Mitchel Zuckoff, recounts the story of three American survivors of a plane crash in Dutch New Guinea and their encounters with enemy Japanese soldiers and primitive natives, all while trying to stay alive in the mountainous jungle.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place, by Aron Ralston, is one of the most extraordinary survival stories ever. Trapped by rocks for six days in one of the most remote regions of Utah, the author faced certain death until one incredible act of courage set him free.

In The Perfect Storm: a true story of men against the sea, author Sebastian Junger tells the dramatic story of the crew of the Andrea Gail, the fishing boat struck by a rogue wave in the North Atlantic during the Perfect Storm of 1991. This bestseller inspired the movie of the same name.

Into Thin Air: a personal account of the Mount Everest Disaster, by Jon Krakauer, describes the author’s survival of a catastrophic storm on the top of Everest that claimed the lives of eight companions. Watch for the movie adaptation to be released this September.

The Lost City of Oz, a tale of deadly obsession in the Amazon, by David Grann, tells the story of the British explorer Percy Fawcett who, in 1925, disappeared with his son in the Amazon while looking for an ancient lost city.

Pirate Hunters: treasure, obsession, and the search for a legendary pirate ship, by Robert Kurson, is a gripping account of the hunt for the Golden Fleece, the shipwreck of the seventeenth century pirate ship captained by legendary swashbuckler Joseph Bannister.

Experience amazing adventures and travel far and wide this summer, all without leaving home. Read!

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