SEPTEMBER 22, 2014

Book News by Partners/West

Fall officially arrived this week making it time to review what sold during the summer heat.  The list of our Top 24 Outdoor Bestsellers over Summer 2014 is shown below.  We were interested to see how many older titles are still selling strongly!

There also is a list of a few select outdoor bestsellers by specific [...]

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Biography - Autobiography

Alone in Antarctica: The First Woman to Ski Solo Across the Southern Ice

Felicity Aston
(Counterpoint LLC, $26.00, HC, 9781619023475)

Felicity Aston, physicist and meteorologist, took two months off from all human contact as she became the first woman -- and only the third person in history - to ski across the entire continent of Antarctica alone. Her gripping adventure across the ice at the bottom of the world is an inspirational saga of one woman's battle through fear and loneliness as she honestly confronts both the physical challenges of her adventure, as well as her own human vulnerabilities.

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Jim Arnosky's Wild World

Jim Arnosky
(Sterling, $17.95, HC, 9781454913443)

What could be better than a Jim Arnosky gatefold book? How about three Jim Arnosky gatefold books all together in one hardcover--with every spectacular gatefold intact? From slithering snakes to soaring birds of prey, and many other fascinating animals along the way, Jim Arnosky's Wild World gives nature-loving kids a life-size view of hundreds of creatures. Ages 6-10

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Cooking & Food

The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook: The Complete Guide to Drying Food, Plus 398 Recipes, Including Making Jerky, Fruit Leather & Just-Add-Water Meals

Tammy & Steven Gangloff
(Stackpole Books, $24.95, PB, 9780811713382)

The dehydrator is an incredibly useful tool for long-term food storage and making the most of your garden harvest. The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook contains everything you need to know to get the greatest value from a home dehydrator. This useful book includes nearly 400 delicious recipes for cooking from your dehydrator pantry. There is an entire chapter dedicated to slow cooker recipes using dehydrated ingredients and one on dehydrated meals for backpackers and campers.


Fly Fishing Idaho's Secret Waters

Chris Hunt
(History Press, $19.99, PB, 9781626192164)

Idaho's clear flowing rivers are world famous for fly fishing, but finding that elusive perfect spot to land a trophy in the vast wilderness requires a lot of time and knowledge. Fortunately, writer, angler and conservationist Chris Hunt has traveled to some of the state's most idyllic areas to find the best fishing the Gem State has to offer. This handy guide will find its place in a dry pocket for every successful excursion.

Hiking & Backpacking

America's Great Hiking Trails: Appalachian, Pacific Crest, Continental Divide, North Country, Ice Age, Potomac Heritage, Florida, Natchez Trace, Arizona, Pacific Northwest, New England

Karen Berger
(Rizzoli International Publications, $50.00, HC, 9780789327413)

A hiker's dream bucket list is embodied in this lavishly illustrated celebration of more than 50,000 miles of America's most iconic trails. Celebrating the forty most important trails in America, this volume takes the reader through forty-nine states and eight national parks. The stunning photographs take the reader on a visual adventure conducted by Bart Smith, the first person to hike all eleven National Scenic Trails from end to end. America's Great Hiking Trails is perfect for anyone interested in outdoor recreation and conservation.

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The Last Great Walk: The True Story of a 1909 Walk from New York to San Francisco, and Why It Matters Today

Wayne Curtis
(Rodale Press, $24.99, HC, 9781609613723)

In 1909, seventy-year-old Edward Payson Weston walked from New York to San Francisco, covering around 40 miles a day and greeted by wildly cheering audiences in every city. The New York Times called it the "first bona-fide walk . . . across the American continent." In The Last Great Walk, journalist Wayne Curtis uses the framework of Weston's fascinating and surprising story, and investigates exactly what we lost when we turned away from foot travel, and what we could potentially regain with America's new embrace of pedestrianism.


Animal Stories: Encounters with Alaska's Wildlife

Bill Sherwonit
(Alaska Northwest Books, $17.99, PB, 9781941821084)

These timeless, beautifully written essays share encounters and observations on a variety of Alaskan wildlife and include natural history information. Anchorage-based writer Bill Sherwonit essays are intended to be thought-provoking as well as entertaining: to increase readers awareness and get people thinking about their own relationships with wild neighbors, wild relatives, and the inherent value that these animals have, irrespective of what they give to us.

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Outdoor Skills

Foraging the Mountain West: Gourmet Edible Plants, Mushrooms, and Meat

Thomas J. Elpel and Kris Reed
(HOPS Press, $30.00, PB, 9781892784360)

Authors Thomas J. Elpel and Kris Reed bring together years of experience and fun to show you, the prospective forager, what, when, where, why, and how to gather wild and feral plants, mushrooms, and neglected wayside crops. In addition, this is a guide for successful fishing without a pole, hunting without weapons, and shopping without money. This book will help you fill your freezer and satiate your appetite.

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Paddle Sports

Fifty Places to Paddle Before You Die: Kayaking and Rafting Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations

Chris Santella
(Stewart, Tabori, & Chang, $24.95, HC, 9781617691256)

In Fifty Places to Paddle Before You Die, the newest addition to the Fifty Places series, Chris Santella explores the best destinations for the diverse sport of paddling. Fifty Places to Paddle Before You Die, is a compelling travelogue complemented by beautiful and vibrant photographs of the locations and travel tips to help readers experience the destinations for themselves.


80/20 Running: Run Stronger and Race Faster by Training Slower

Matt Fitzgerald
(New American Library, $16.00, PB, 9780451470881)

80/20 Running is a hands-on guide for runners of all levels with training programs for 5K, 10K, half-marathon, and marathon distances. Respected running and fitness expert Matt Fitzgerald's revolutionary training method has been embraced by elite runners--with extraordinary results--and now you can do it, too.


California Coastal Access Guide 7th ed.

California Coastal Commission
(University of California Press, $34.95, PB, 9780520278172)

From the majestic redwoods and rocky shores in the north to the palm trees and wide, sandy beaches in the south, the California coast is an area of unsurpassed beauty and diversity. This thoroughly revised and expanded 7th edition of the California Coastal Access Guide is an essential travel handbook for both new and seasoned visitors exploring California's majestic 1,271-mile shoreline.

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