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#1 ATLAS OBSCURA

Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton

A dense (nearly 500 pages) richly documented ultimate explorer's guide to more than 700 hidden marvels, events and curiosities around the world.

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#2 DEAD WAKE

Erik Larson

The last voyage of the Lusitania, the passenger liner sunk by a German torpedo in 1915; by the author of “The Devil in the White City.”

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#3 SULLY

Chesley B Sullenberger III with Jeffrey Zaslow

A memoir by the pilot who performed the successful emergency landing of a plane with 155 passengers on the Hudson River in 2009. The basis for the movie.

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#4 WILD

Cheryl Strayed

A woman’s account of the life-changing 1,100-mile solo hike she took along the Pacific Crest Trail in 1995. A 2014 movie.

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#5 BARBARIAN DAYS

William Finnegan

This Pulitzer Prize-winning surfing chronicle and memoir by a New Yorker writer celebrates a lifelong obsession.

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#6 THE INVENTION OF NATURE

Andrea Wulf

The life of the visionary German explorer, scientist and naturalist, Alexander von Humboldt.

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#7 THE WRIGHT BROTHERS

David McCullough

The story of the bicycle mechanics from Ohio who ushered in the age of flight.

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#8 IN THE HEART OF THE SEA

Nathaniel Philbrick

The sinking of the New England whaleship Essex in 1820, by a sperm whale. The basis of the movie.

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#9 THE OREGON TRAIL

Rinker Buck

The author and his brother travel 2,000 miles by mule and wagon from Missouri to Oregon.

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#10 PACIFIC

Simon Winchester

A biography of the Pacific Ocean.

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