Bruce Barcott

Alexandra Fuller

In the Doghouse

Alexandra Fuller's memoir recounts the trials of motherhood—and crocodiles—in Central Africa.

Amundsen

The Original Pole Dancer

A hundred years ago, Roald Amundsen became the first man to reach the South Pole. A new biography by cold-water swimmer Lynne Cox revisits the feat.

Ruess in southern Utah in 1931

Adventure Books

In 1934, drifter Everett Ruess disappeared into Utah's canyonlands. Two new books detail the ongoing search for his body. Plus, required reading for August.

Shadows on the Gulf, A Sea in Flames

Mopping Up

A year after the BP oil spill, two authors assess its impact on the Gulf; a search for the reason humans hate sharks.

Philip Connors, Fire Season

Burnout

A veteran fire lookout offers a compelling treatise on the power of wilderness; plus three new works that take a glass-half-full view of the looming energy crisis.

Bluest Shores

Reviews of David Vann's Caribou Island, T.C. Boyle's When the Killing's Done, Douglas Brinkley's The Quiet World, and documentaries the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

First in Flight

A new account of the Dalai Lama's escape from Tibet turns history into riveting adventure.

Mountain Goat

The Wild File

Q. What was up with that killer mountain goat in Olympic National Park?

Laird Hamilton

Loaded Barrels

Four new adventure books that'll get your adrenaline pumping.

Junger in the Korengal Valley

Hot Type

Break out the hammocks and beach chairs! Presenting the best new books of summer.

Jordan Romero at home in Big Be California in December 2009

Into Teen Air

He's 13 years old, and he'­s headed up to 29,000 feet. As a new generation of adventurous kids post monster feats at younger and younger ages, Jordan Romero has his elders asking: Just how young is...

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