Thinking about good summer reads like everyone else? Lose yourself in these summer chronicles that tack towards the outdoors. Stash them in your pack for a long trek on a trail, a surf trip to the beach, on a canoeing voyage or lazing around the campsite.
The Pine Barrens
Mention "New Jersey" and most people think industrial wasteland, suburbia or—even worse—Snooki. But what people don't know is that most of the state is actually wilderness or farmland. The "Pine Barrens" refer to a rural portion of South Jersey larger than most national parks. McPhee uncovers the charm, folklore, geology and nature of the area. Track the infamous Jersey Devil, meet the misunderstood "Pineys" and discover this sandy land with the only man who could make geology sound utterly poetic.
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Into the Wild
Much of this story is an introspective look at the main character- Chris McCandless- who shrugs off the path of a normal college graduate and quests for something connected to nature.? The story paints a picture of scant western landscapes and wilderness quests.? This is such a well-liked classic, they turned it into a movie.
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A Walk Across America
Seeking spiritual growth, join the author and his Husky, Cooper, along this journey through the American landscape?ALL ON FOOT.?
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
Transcend out of canyons in Mexico, venture over mountains in Colorado and hit the trail with a cast of characters including distance running champ Scott Jurek, a distance running tribe from Mexico, a surfer and a barefoot wonder.
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