Stories of Adventure and Survival

These stories of peril and against-all-odds survival will leave you feeling thankful that you're just reading about them, not living them! All of these titles are located in the Adult Nonfiction section of the Library.

As Told at The Explorers Club: More Than Fifty Gripping Tales of Adventure. 2003. (910.4 A).

Baker, Ian. The Heart of the World: A Journey to the Last Secret Place. 2004. (915.15 B).

Bergreen,  Laurence. Over the Edge of the World: Magellan’s Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe. 2003. (910.41 B).

Callahan, Steven. Adrift: Seventy-six Days Lost at Sea. 1986. (910.091631C).

Carter, Bill. Red Summer: The Danger, Madness, and Exaltation of Salmon Fishing in a Remote Alaskan Village. 2008. (639.2 C).

Casey, Susan. The Devil’s Teeth: A True Story of Obsessions and Survival Among America’s Great White Sharks. 2005. (597.33 C).
     Also available: CD

Child, Greg. Over the Edge: The True Story of Four American Climbers’ Kidnap and Escape in the Mountains of Central Asia. 2002. (364.154 C).
     Also available: CD

Cussler, Clive. The Sea Hunters. 1996. (910.452 C).
     Also available: Large Type

Drury, Bob. Halsey's Typhoon: The True Story of a Fighting Admiral, an Epic Storm, and an Untold Rescue. 2007. (940.545973 D).

Fleming, Fergus. Off the Map: Tales of Endurance and Exploration. 2004.
(910.9 F).

Gonzales, Laurence. Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why: True Stories of Miraculous Endurance and Sudden Death. 2003. (613.69 G).

Grinnell, George. Death on the Barrens: A True Story of Courage and Tragedy in the Canadian Arctic. 2010. (917.1904 G).

Henderson, Bruce. True North: Peary, Cook, and the Race to the Pole. 2005.
(910.91632 H).
     Also available: CD

Heyerdahl, Thor. Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific by Raft. 1950. (910.4 H).

Horwitz, Tony. Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before. 2002. (910.92 H).

Jenkins, McKay. The Last Ridge: The Epic Story of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division and the Assault on Hitler's Europe. 2003. (940.54215 J).

Junger, Sebastian. The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea. 1997.
(974.45 J).
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Kearns, David A. Where Hell Freezes Over: A Story of Amazing Bravery and Survival. 2005. (613.69 K).

Krakauer, Jon. Into the Wild. 1996. (917.98045 K).
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook

Kurson, Robert. Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II. 2004. (940.5451 K).
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook

Lansing, Alfred. Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage. 1959. (919.9 L).

Lovell, Jim and Kluger Jeffrey. Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13. 1994.
(629.454 L).

Maas, Peter. The Terrible Hours: The Man Behind the Greatest Submarine Rescue in History. 1999. (623.8887 M).
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Maclean, Norman. Young Men & Fire. 1992. (634.9618 M).
     Also available: Large Type, Digital Player

Metz, Dave. Crossing the Gates of Alaska: One Man, Two Dogs, 600 Miles off the Map. 2010. (917.9804 M).

Parrado, Nando with Vince Rause. Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home. 2006. (982.6 P).
     Also available: CD

Ralston, Aron. Between a Rock and a Hard Place. 2004. (796.5223 R).
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Read, Piers. Alive: Sixteen Men, Seventy-two Days, and Insurmountable Odds--The Classic Adventure of Survival in the Andes. 2005. (904.7 R).

Sabbag, Robert. Down Around Midnight: A Memoir of Crash and Survival.
2009. (363.124 S).

Salisbury, Gay and Laney Salisbury. The Cruelest Miles: The Heroic Story of Dogs And Men in a Race Against an Epidemic. 2003. (614.5123 S).

Silverwood, John. Black Wave: A Family's Adventure at Sea and the Disaster that Saved Them. 2008. (910.9164 S).
     Also available: eAudiobook

Simpson, Joe. Touching the Void. 1989. (796.522 S).

Souhami, Diana. Selkirk's Island: The True and Strange Adventures of the Real Robinson Crusoe. 2001. (996.18 S).

Stanton, Doug. In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors. 2001. (940.545973 S).
     Also available: Large Type

Thayer, Helen. Three Among the Wolves: A Couple and their Dog Live a Year with Wolves in the Wild. 2004. (599.773 T).

Tougias, Mike. The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue. 2009. (910.916346 T).