Books


The latest

Archive

In his inaugural column for Outside, the ‘Parks & Recreation’ star sounds off on Henry David Thoreau, emasculation, and bullying in the outdoors

A beekeeping documentary, ‘Jurassic World: Dominion,’ and all things Obi Wan Kenobi

Ten great reads for the beach (between workouts) or the airport (between flight delays)

In an excerpt from his new book, ‘Do Hard Things,’ Steve Magness explains a clever tactic to combat anxiety and free yourself to perform

In her new book ‘Generation Dread,’ author and researcher Britt Wray teaches us how to channel our climate grief and anxiety into purpose and agency

Silvia Vasquez-Lavado’s memoir about being the first Peruvian woman to stand atop the tallest mountain on earth is also a story about surviving sexual abuse and addiction and, ultimately, finding herself

This week, Outside Book Club host Elizabeth Hightower Allen spoke with author Silvia Vasquez-Lavado about her memoir In the Shadow of the Mountain, the Book Club’s May pick. On the one hand, the books is about Vasquez-Lavado journey to become the first Peruvian woman to summit Everest…

Craft-cocktail pro Natasha David reinvents low- and no-ABV drinks in her recent book, ‘Drink Lightly’

‘Top Gun: Maverick,’ a Woodstock playlist, and ‘Under the Banner of Heaven’

At the end of one of the most successful Everest seasons in years, we collected the most compelling stories about the peak and how it can bring out the best and worst in those who attempt to climb it

Amy McCulloch went to the Himalayas looking for adventure. She came back with an idea for an epic novel.

The New Yorker staff writer spoke with Outside Book Club host Elizabeth Hightower Allen about turning the unbelievable story of itinerant canoeist Dick Conant into a book

Kathryn Miles’s new book, ‘Trailed,’ investigates the killings of Julie Williams and Lollie Winans in Shenandoah National Park 25 years ago—and asks difficult questions about safety in nature

An Everest thriller, ‘Bad Vegan,’ and Alex Honnold in the Amazon

Kids learn best through stories, and these books weave gripping tales with messages about caring for the planet

When we open our ears to the marvels of natural soundscapes, we experience the energies of the world in a unique way—and begin to understand the mysteries behind them

‘Severance,’ a John Green audiobook, and ‘60 Songs That Explain the ’90s’

A relationship with plants built on love, care, and respect is at the heart of bringing the outdoors inside

A conversation with Semi-Rad’s Brendan Leonard on the life-affirming joys of type-two fun

In an excerpt from his new book, ‘Riverman,’ writer Ben McGrath recounts how he met an itinerant canoeist named Dick Conant, a fascinating character who mysteriously disappeared shortly thereafter

In their recent release, Molly Huddle and Sara Slattery push back against conditions that curtail the running careers of young women, with stories from 50 who’ve made it

In this excerpt from his new book ‘Running Throughout Time: the Greatest Running Stories Ever Told,’ Roger Robinson surfaces an incredible bit of sports history: the Great Marathon Derby of 1909.

This month the Outside Book Club will read ‘Riverman,’ by Ben McGrath, the tale of a traveler who glimpsed the kind of freedom most of us only dream about

Bill Hayes’s new book, ‘Sweat: A History of Exercise,’ offers a personal account of a universal tradition

If you’ve been riveted by the discovery of the ‘Endurance’ shipwreck, dive deeper into the rich history of daring—and often tragic—Arctic and Antarctic expeditions with these works of fiction and nonfiction

In the ten years since she published her memoir about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, her life has changed dramatically—and so has the trail itself

Join us for a live Zoom Q and A with the beloved author, presented by the Outside Book Club, on Tuesday, April 5

In his new book, ‘Sounds Wild and Broken,’ the award-winning ecologist and writer dives into the history and diversity of our planet’s soundscapes in effort to get us to pay attention before they disappear

Our March pick is Cheryl Strayed’s classic memoir of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. We’ll conclude the conversation with a live Zoom Q and A on April 5.

‘Normal Gossip,’ a book about navigation, and ‘Abbott Elementary’

Science shows that spending time outdoors can help with all kinds of serious ailments. So why not a broken heart?

After her 25-year marriage ended in divorce, the Outside contributing editor turned to science—and a river trip—to navigate through the darkness. Register here for our Zoom book discussion on March 9.

Some runners swear by their pump playlists, but I’d rather listen to a great book

A poet laureate’s memoir, ‘Station Eleven,’ and a lacrosse film based on a true story

When Outside contributing editor Florence Williams’s husband of 25 years left her, she paddled the Green River to process her grief. Her new book recounts that story and dives into the science of the heart.

New Year's resolutions are for the birds

By portraying predators as villains, we are influencing how our children perceive the natural world

Heather Hansman shares the books and films that have helped her slow down and reflect amid the turmoil of 2021

38 quotes that we interpret for our own needs

Some of this year’s best outdoorsy reads include new works from Alison Bechdel, Imbolo Mbue, and Mary Roach

The Outside contributing editor’s latest release was the November pick for the Outside Book Club. We spoke with her about the appeal of chasing powder and the many crises facing the ski industry.

In her new novel, the award-winning author takes an especially pessimistic view of the climate crisis—but this isn’t the time to give up

Hunter S. Thompson, Taylor Swift, and ‘King Richard’

Jordan Salama’s new book is an impressive debut by an up-and-coming travel writer

Author Jordan Salama began writing this captivating book, about a journey down Colombia’s Magdalena River, when he was just a college student

A selection of (mostly) new titles for fans of science, endurance, fitness, and adventure

Millinocket, Maine, had been struggling for years following the closure of the local paper mill. Then an enterprising librarian acted on a big idea.

Join us in reading Heather Hansman’s ‘Powder Days’

Activities such as lifting weights, hiking, or even woodworking teach us humility and keep us grounded in reality

The acclaimed author’s latest release is the October pick for the Outside Book Club. We spoke with him about the book, climate anxiety, and the father-son relationship

‘The Secret History,’ ‘Battle Royale,’ and the latest Sally Rooney novel

Patagonia recently updated the Willard Bascom classic ‘Waves and Beaches’

The actor, woodworker, and dedicated outdoorsman offers up choice lessons for making a deeper connection with the world beyond your door

Honest-to-God advice on how to enjoy nature, from an actor-comedian-author-canoe-builder who grew up on a farm and takes rock stars rafting

Alexandra Kleeman’s new novel imagines a disaster-plagued California where everybody’s drinking man-made water

‘Only Murders in the Building,’ Shirley Hazzard, and a whimsical TV musical

Reading about romance and relationships in speculative fiction about scary futures reminds us that a better world is always worth fighting for

When the real world seems increasingly apocalyptic, what’s the point of reading novels about the horrors of climate change? Outside’s culture columnist investigates her own fascination with cli-fi.

In an excerpt from his new book, ‘Truffle Hound,’ Outside contributor Rowan Jacobsen details how the state is developing a thriving culinary culture around its overlooked native tubers

The past few years have seen a boom in fiction about the climate crisis. Here are our recommendations for some of the most interesting titles out there, from Octavia Butler to Jenny Offill.

Through the moving story of a widowed astrobiologist and his unusual son, ‘Bewilderment’ addresses our apathy in the face of environmental disaster

We’re relaunching our community for outdoorsy book lovers—starting with Richard Powers’s new novel, ’Bewilderment’

For philosopher John Kaag, a trek in the Alps during his youth was the beginning of a long and winding journey

A revered figure in modern climbing literature, Katie Ives is known for her intense work ethic and for encouraging writers who weren’t always invited to the club. In her first book, she explores how the physical and fantastical aspects of big peaks have, for centuries, inspired human dreams.

Intrepid author Mary Roach shares tales of thieving bears, murderous possums, and mugging monkeys from her new book, ‘Fuzz’

When you confront your mortality on a regular basis, the shift in perspective can be profound

In this excerpt from his new book ‘The Practice of Groundedness,’ our Do It Better columnist Brad Stulberg explains how ritualizing exercise benefits your brain and body

‘The White Lotus,’ ‘Ted Lasso,’ and the harrowing tale of a shipwreck

After taking a cue from ‘My Morning Routine,’ an Outside contributor discovered an extra hour in her day

Journalist Lizzie Johnson provides a comprehensive postmortem of how the notorious 2018 inferno came to destroy Paradise, California—and what it means for the future of wildfires

‘Breathing Fire,’ a new book by Jaime Lowe, delves into the personal stories behind California’s inmate firefighter program

In 1960, John Steinbeck set out on a cross-country adventure with his standard poodle, Charley. More than half a century later, writer Kristin Wong did the same thing with her dog—and learned an unexpected lesson about the pain of uncertainty.

Fiction by Colson Whitehead, a Tokyo 2020 video game, and a fascinating history of coyotes

In her new book, ‘The Joy of Sweat,’ Sarah Everts answers all of our writer’s questions about perspiration

Next