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Awards: The National Outdoor Book Awards
1999 Winners

Design and Artistic Merit

Flowers of the Appalachian Trail Flowers of the Appalachian Trail
by Leonard M. Adkins, Joe Cook (photo.), Monica Cook (photo.)
Our Price: $16.26

From a practical standpoint, this book is a field identification guide of the flora of the 2,100-mile Appalachian trail -- and an excellent one at that. But it is much more than a guidebook. It is a work of art and a feast for the eyes. WILDFLOWERS OF THE APPALACHIAN TRIAL is designed with grace and elegance and filled with exquisite, full-page color photographs. It is rare to find a guidebook in which every photograph is perfect, but this is one. If you're hiking or traveling in the Appalachian country, this is one book that you don't want to be without.


History/Biography

One Man's Wilderness One Man's Wilderness
An Alaskan Odyssey
by Sam Keith, Richard Proenneke
Our Price: $12.53

Lots of books have been published about intrepid souls who head off into the wilderness, build their own cabin, and live a life removed from civilization. But if you were to pick one which comes closest to truly describing that experience, this is the book. Richard Proenneke has a refreshingly simple and wonderful outlook on life, and like the warmth from a wood stove, you can't help but be drawn to him and his engaging story. You'll be there right alongside him on the shore of Twin Lakes, helping him carve out a masterpiece of a cabin, and then settling in with him for a full and introspective life in the Alaskan bush.


Outdoor Literature

The Lost River The Lost River
A Memoir of Life, Death, and Transformation on Wild Water
by Richard Bangs
Our Price: $22.73

Since the early 1970s, Richard Bangs has been in the vanguard of river exploration. He is particularly known for his bold ventures deep into the recesses of Africa. In nearly a dozen books, Bangs has written of his experiences, but in this book we see and learn more of him than ever before. This book is primarily about his 1996 pioneering run of Ethiopia's Tekeze River, but the most interesting and telling part of the story is the long, and sometimes tragic, path which led him there.


Outdoor Classic

Cache Lake Country Cache Lake Country
Life in the North Woods
by John J. Rowlands, Henry B. Kane (illus.), Verlyn Klinkenborg (intro.)
Our Price: $14.37

This book, first published in 1947, carries the reader back to an earlier, simpler time in the 20th century. It's about John Rowlands's life on Cache Lake, located in forests of northern Ontario reached only by canoe. Rowlands writes of the seasons, the wildlife, and his explorations with nearby northwoods neighbors, including a Cree Indian chief and an artist. The book is interspersed with descriptions and drawings of Rowlands's handmade backwoods inventions and woodcraft projects of all manner and shape. Full of a down-to-earth eloquence and commonsensical backcountry wisdom, it's a cozy and heartwarming book to curl up with.


Children's

The Inuksuk Book The Inuksuk Book
by Mary Wallace
Our Price: $15.94

An Inuksuk is a stone structure, a type of road sign, used by the Inuits of the Arctic to communicate important information. They show the way when travelers are a long way from home, or warn of dangerous places, or point to a place of reverence. This 64-page book, which will intrigue children of the preteen years, consists of a series of short stories about the Inuksuk and its importance in the Inuit culture.


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