Practicing something from an armchair—armchair philosophy, armchair psychology—is usually disdained as lacking the perspective that real-world experience brings. But in times like these, the armchair is the best we can do. In that spirit, here are some inspiring, fascinating, weird, and beautiful travel memoirs and nature books to keep you dreaming and planning while you “armchair travel,” patiently awaiting your next adventure.
"[Strange Harvests is] an impressive addition to the modern travelogue, painting some of the world's most remote terrain in visceral and sometimes breathtaking prose . . . an engrossing read." --NPR
An original and magical map of our world and its riches, formed of the stories of the small-scale harvests of seven natural objects
For fans of Cheryl Strayed, the gripping story of a biologist's human-powered journey from the Pacific Northwest to the Arctic to rediscover her love of birds, nature, and adventure.
A Finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay"Calling Robert Reid an outdoor writer is like calling Thoreau a writer about pond camping." --Robert Roper, author of Nabokov in America
New York Times Bestseller • Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award • Winner of the Saroyan International Prize for Writing • Winner of the Pacific Northwest Book Award • “The best outdoors book of the year.” —Sierra Club
From a talent who’s been compared to Annie Dillard, Edward Abbey, David Quammen, and Jared Diamo
Newly married and established in her career as an award-winning newspaper journalist, Maggie Downs quits her job, sells her belongings, and embarks on the solo trip of a lifetime: Her mother's.
The friendly, definitive guide for outdoorswomen who enjoy hiking, camping, backpacking, and other outside recreation--or those inspired by Cheryl Strayed’s Wild.