10 Outdoor Books for the Off-Season

Travels With Charley: In Search of America

By John Steinbeck

4.3 stars on amazon; 4.02 stars on Goodreads

Take a trip on the back roads of America with a classic American writer. It's as if Steinbeck himself invites you along for the ride as he paints one of the more intimate portraits of America in the '60s.

The Man-Eaters of Tsavo

By John Henry Patterson

4.4 stars on Amazon; 3.9 stars on Goodreads

For a real-life thriller, dive into this true story of two lions that terrorized an entire railroad construction crew--killing nearly 100 workers--and the man who finally hunted them down. If you tend to look over your shoulder every time a twig snaps, this book might not be for you.

Climbing Free: My Life in the Vertical World

By Lynn Hill

4.1 stars on Amazon; 3.92 stars on Goodreads

This tale is a prerequisite read in the rock climbing community. However, Lynn Hill's story will captivate even those who don't climb. Hill, who fell in with an iconic group of climbers at a young age, reveals experiences and events from that time, which led her to become one of the best climbers in the world--male or female.

The Poisonwood Bible

By Barbara Kingsolver

4.2 stars on Amazon; 3.94 stars on Goodreads

For an epic journey, follow the Prices on a mission trip to the Congo that ends up testing more than just their faith. The wife of an evangelical Baptist and her four daughters all have a story to tell from this tumultuous time in postcolonial Africa.

The Last American Man

By Elizabeth Gilbert

3.8 stars on Amazon; 3.77 stars on Goodreads

At just 17, Eustace Conway left the comforts of home and moved to the mountains where for more than 20 years he has built, grown or killed whatever he's needed to survive. In this outdoor book, Gilbert takes you inside Conway's world and reveals the man who figured out how to live off the land.

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