November 20, 2006

Recommended Books

This page contains books that I would recommend to everyone. Because my interests are so varied, it's a big list, so I've divided them up by category. Use the links below to jump to those that might interest you. And enjoy!

Travel-Travelogues
Kenya, Africa, NOLS
Appalachian Trail, Hiking
Camino de Santiago, Pilgrimage
Cycling, USA, Lewis & Clark
Buddhism
Science Fiction

My Bookshelf: Travel-Travelogues
When I'm not out traveling myself, I love to read about others adventures, both to learn from them and to maybe find ideas for future trips for myself. Sometimes it is hard to find good travelogue literature, but the selection below are what I have found, and found exceptional to read too. Enjoy!

buy Beyond the Earth and the Sky by Jamie Zepp at Powells    buy Yak Butter Blues by Brandon Wilson at Powells    buy On the Water by Nathaneil Stone at Powells

Momentum is Your Friend by Joe Kurmaskie
"The Metal Cowboy and his Pint-sized Posse Take on America"
Riding Outside the Lines by Joe Kurmaskie
"International Incidents & Other Misadventures..."
One of the best book of non-fiction short stories I've ever read!!
Dead Men Don't Leave Tips: Adventures X Africa by B. Wilson
Yak Butter Blues: A Tibetan Trek of Faith by Brandon Wilson
Shantyboat: A River Way of Life by Harland Hubbard
an incredible book about living a simple life
Beyond the Sky & the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan by J. Zeppa
An ordinary girl from Canada goes to Bhutan & is forever changed
Excellent, you HAVE to read this one!
Miles from Nowhere by Barbara Savage
"A Round-the-World Bicycle Adventure" and survived (book)
but was was hit by a car and killed soon after returning home
An Ocean to Cross by Liz Fordred
"Daring the Atlantic, Claiming a New Life"
Two parapalegics build & sail across the Atlantic Ocean
Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman
Fun, fun stories about real people in places like Bali & Thailand
Yukon Alone by John Balzar
"The World's Toughest Adventure Race: The Ididorod"
Whale Rider by Witi Tame Thimaera
Great movie, very good book
Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Andalucia by Chris Stewart
Wonderful account of living in Spain
On The Water: Discovering America in a Rowboat by N. Stone
A very good book, one of the best travelogues I've ever read.

My Bookshelf: Kenya, Africa

buy Dead Men Dont Leave Tips by Brandon Willson at Powells    buy Flame Trees of Thika by Elspeth Huxley at Powells    buy NOLS Wilderness First Aid by Schimelfenig and Lindsey at Powells

Dead Men Don't Leave Tips: Adventures X Africa by B. Wilson
Flame Trees of Thika by Elspeth Huxley
Out of Africa by Karen Blixen
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
North of South by S. Naipaul
NOLS Wilderness Mountaineering by P. Powers
NOLS Wilderness First Aid by T. Schimelfenig and L. Lindsey
Soft Paths by B. Hampton and D. Cole
The NOLS Cookery by C. Pearson

My Bookshelf: Appalachian Trail, Hiking

buy There are Mountains to Climb by Jean Deeds at Powells    buy Walking the Appalachian Trail by Larry Luxenberg at Powells    buy How to Make a Journal of Your Life by Dan Price at Powells

There Are Mountains To Climb by Jean Deeds
I really liked this book
Walking the Appalachian Trail by Larry Luxenberg
Everything about thruhikers, this book is what started it all for me!
Leave No Trace by Annette McGivney
The Complete Walker by Colin Fletcher
How to Make a Journal of Your Life by Dan Price
From the wonderful artist/writer of the 'Moonlight Chronicles'
A Hiker’s Companion by Cindy Ross & Todd Gladfelte
How to Shit In the Woods by Kathleen Meyer

My Bookshelf: Camino de Santiago, Pilgrimage

buy The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho at Powells    buy The Pilgrimage Road to Santiago at Powells    buy Pilgrim Stories by Nancy Louise Frey at Powells

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Pilgrim Stories by Nancy Louise Frey
The Pilgrimage Road to Santiago: Complete Cultural Handbook
The Way of St James: A Walker's Guide by Alison Raju

My Bookshelf: Cycling, USA, Lewis & Clark

buy Miles from Nowhere by Barbara Savage at Powells    buy Momentum is Your Friend by Joe Kurmaskie at Powells    buy Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose at Powells

Momentum is Your Friend by Joe Kurmaskie
"The Metal Cowboy and his Pint-sized Posse Take on America"
Riding Outside the Lines by Joe Kurmaskie
"International Incidents & Other Misadventures..."
One of the best book of non-fiction short stories I've ever read!!
Miles from Nowhere by Barbara Savage
"Round-the-World Bicycle Adventure Around the World" and survived
but was was hit by a car and killed soon after returning home
Bicycling Coast to Coast by Donna Lynn Ikenberry
Cycling the Great Divide by Michael McCoy & Jane Crosen
The Lead Goat Veered Off by Neil Anderson
Partners in Grime by Neil Anderson
Wide Hips, Narrow Shoulders by Monte Lowrance
Another cyclist I met, and visited on my travels
Undaunted Courage by Stephan Ambrose

My Bookshelf: Buddhism
I have been an avid reader of Buddhist philosophy for a while now, but only lately have I been buying for my bookshelf. I found these insightful, simple, direct and definitely made a connection to me and my spiritual path.

buy The Still Point Dhamapada by Geri Larkin at Powells    buy Awakening the Buddha Within by Lama Surya Das at Powells    buy One Breath at a Time by Kevin Griffin at Powells

Stumbling Toward Enlightenment by Geri Larkin
One 'scrappy' woman's discovery and embracing of Buddhism
Hardcore Zen by Brad Warner
"Punk Rock, Monster Movies & the Truth About Reality"
The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh
"Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy and Liberation"
Awakening the Buddha Within by Lama Surya Das
"8 Steps to Enlightenment: Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World"
Very easy to read, lots of understandable info
The Still Point Dhammapada by Geri Larkin
"Living the Buddha's Essential Teachings"
A Contempoary Rendering and Stories
One Breath at a Time by Kevin Griffin
"Buddhism and the Twelve Steps"
Reflections on a Mountain Lake by Ani Tenzin Palmo
"Teachings on Practical Buddhism"
One of the most down-to-earth books on Buddhism I've read
Momma Zen by Karen Maezen Miller
"Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood"
Sit Down and Shut Up by Brad Warner (April 2007)
Another book by Brad Warner

My Science Fiction Hall of Fame
I've always been a fan of science fiction. It seems a great forum to explore the human condition, but through a different context. You can either read for the escape to another reality, or look deeper into the ideas being presented inside the material. The following list are books that I've read in the last couple of years that I found exceptional on all counts.

buy The Onion Girl by Charles de Lint at Powells    buy The Traveler by John Twelve Hawks at Powells    buy Catspaw by Joan D Vinge at Powells

Beyond the Hanging Wall by Sara Douglass
Two Thumbs Up! Five Stars!!
Angelmass by Timothy Zahn
Another "can't put down" SciFi reads
Avalon: The Return of King Arthur by Stephen Lawhead
Couldn't put this one down!
Icarus Hunt by Timothy Zahn
Science Fiction at it's best
A Cavern of Black Ice by J.V. Jones
I was up past 2am reading this one.
The Apocalypse Troll by David Weber
Incredible! Couldn't put it down.
Green Rider by Kristen Britain
Great first novel
Tangled up in Blue by Joan D. Vinge
Just amazing
The Stars Asunder by Debra Doyle & James D. MacDonald
Very good, very gripping
The Fourth World by Dennis Danvers
A much too real future, Excellent!
The Lions of Al-Rasssan by Guy Gavriel Kay
Excellent, excellent, excellent!!!!!
The Onion Girl by Charles de Lint
Great read about magic in the modern world
The Traveler by John Twelve Hawks
Could it be real?
Catspaw by Joan D. Vinge