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Bicycling

Bicycling Essential Road Bike Maintenance Handbook

Todd Downs with Brian Fiske
(Rodale Press, $14.99, PB, 9781623361662)

Cyclists will never fear the unknown landscape of bicycle repair on the road with this condensed edition of the perennial Rodale favorite, The Bicycling Guide to Complete Bicycle Maintenance and Repair. This portable reference book is the perfect troubleshooting guide for every cyclist--beginner or intermediate--and will provide a welcome relief to any cyclist faced with unexpected issues on the road.

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Children's

Feathers: Not Just for Flying

Melissa Stewart; Illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen
(Charlesbridge Publishing, $7.95, PB, 9781580894319)

Kids age 5 through 8 are in for a real treat with this book that profiles sixteen birds and contains an elegant introduction to the many uses of feathers. More curious readers are invited to explore informative sidebars, which underscore specific ways each bird uses its feathers for a variety of practical purposes. A scrapbook design showcases life-size feather illustrations.

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Climbing / Mountaineering

Austin Climbing: Sport Routes - Deep Water Solos

John Hogge
(Gnarly Press, $29.95, PB, 9780985030001)

The latest guidebook for Austin, Texas rock climbing covers 584 sport routes and an awesome 800-problem Deep Water Solo (DWS) park. This guidebook shows where to climb, and how best to get in, at each water level. Austin Climbing also has many amusing tales of past and current climbers and quotes by local and internationally-known climbers.

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Cooking & Food

Lodge Cast Iron Nation: Great American Cooking from Coast to Coast

Editors of The Lodge Company
(Oxmoor House, $24.95, PB, 9780848742263)

Cast-iron skillets, pots, and Dutch ovens are enjoying a surge in popularity among cookware users all across America, and no wonder: it's inexpensive, long lasting, eco-friendly, and healthy! Packed with classic regional casseroles, soups and stews, new twists on old favorites, this cookbook proves that cast iron isn't just for cornbread. A must-have for all cooks, Lodge Cast Iron Nation is a comprehensive guide to getting the most out of cast-iron cookware.

Fishing

Cathy Beck's Fly-Fishing Handbook, 3rd Edition

Cathy Beck; Illustrated by Rod Walinchus
(Stackpole Books, $21.95, PB, 9780811712170)

From one of the most amazing fly-fishing teachers comes an updated and fully illustrated guide with the latest information on all the basics--on gear, lines, leaders and knots, and casting. Also included are video QR codes with links to video segments teaching basic techniques. Finally, this handy guide covers both freshwater and saltwater fishing and fly selection along with a new chapter on trip preparation.

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Hiking & Backpacking

Best Easy Day Hikes Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks, 2nd Edition

Erik Molvar and Tamara Martin
(FalconGuide, $9.95, PB, 9780762782680)

Now completely updated and revised, the new edition of Best Easy Day Hikes Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks features concise descriptions and easy-to-follow maps for 22 easily manageable hikes. Eric Molvar and Tamara Martin describe the best routes from those who want a full day adventure, to those who have limited time or abilities, without missing out on the area's scenic splendors.

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History

Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration

David Roberts
(W. W. Norton & Company, $16.95, PB, 9780393347784)

One of the greatest yet little-known adventures of polar exploration is told in Alone on the Ice. Here is the story of Douglas Mawson, leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, who in 1913, alone and near starvation, made his way alone back to base camp after losing his fellow explorers, their two sledges, their dogs, and most of their food - a feat that took over three weeks. This thrilling and almost unbelievable account establishes Mawson in his rightful place as one of the greatest polar explorers and expedition leaders. Now in paperback

Outdoor Skills

The Disaster Diaries: One Man's Quest to Learn Everything Necessary to Survive the Apocalypse

Sam Sheridan
(Penguin Books, $16.00, PB, 9780143124504)

The Disaster Diaries explores every single possible catastrophic disaster from earthquakes to the Zombie apocalypse in a rollicking narrative with each chapter framed by a hypothetical catastrophic scenario. The Disaster Diaries is irresistible armchair adventure reading for everyone curious about what it might take to survive a cataclysmic event and those who just want to watch someone else struggling to find out. Now in paperback

Photography

Peaks of Telluride

Jeff Burch
(Primedia E-launch LLC, $39.95, PB, 9781622099290)

Delta resident and avid hiker Jeff Burch spent 12 months photographing, researching, and writing to come up with this one-of-a-kind, visually stunning, and beautifully researched book. Burch has photographed every peak in and around Telluride, often from varying angles and in different times of year. All of this culminates into a gorgeous coffee table book one will want to revisit time and time again.

Running

Anatomy, Stretching & Training for Marathoners: A Step-By-Step Guide to Getting the Most from Your Running Workout

Philip Striano and Lisa Purcell
(Skyhorse Publishing, $19.95, PB, 9781628736366)

With training tips, exercises, and injury remedies, this comprehensive workout guide for marathon runners includes a detailed exercise program devised to strengthen and stretch the major muscle groups used in running and jogging. Anatomy, Stretching & Training for Marathoners is the ultimate reference for anyone who wants to get the most from their running regimen.

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Science & Nature

The Nature of Southeast Alaska: A Guide to Plants, Animals, and Habitats, 3rd Edition

Richard Carstensen, Robert H. Armstrong, and Rita M. O'Clair
(Alaska Northwest Books, $18.99, PB, 9780882409900)

Everything you ever wanted to know about the flora and fauna of Southeast Alaska is contained in the third edition of this lively field guide to the natural world, from bears to banana slugs, mountains to murrelets. The update of this Southeast bestseller contains more than 100 new illustrations than in the previous edition, as well as sweeping updates and elaborations to chapter narratives.

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Snow Sports

Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes: Washington

Martin Volken
(Mountaineers Books, $24.95, PB, 9781594856563)

Washington's Cascades, Olympics, and Mount Rainier are prime destinations for backcountry ski and snowboard adventure. Martin Volken and his team at Pro Guiding Service, based in the Cascade foothills, has written an all-new guidebook that includes 80 routes throughout the state, plus one in British Columbia, that are ideal for intermediate to expert skiers or snowboarders.

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Travel

Alaska on the Go: Exploring the 49th State with Children

Erin Kirkland
(University of Alaska Press, $17.95, PB, 9781602232211)

The only family travel guide to Alaska written by a journalist and Alaska resident, Alaska on the Go makes the state more accessible than ever. Whether traveling via car, cruise ship, or dogsled, this practical, portable guide will open up a new world of memorable adventures.

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Water Sports

Oregon Surfing: Central Coast

Scott Blackman and Sandy Blackman
(Arcadia Publishing, $22.99, PB, 9781467131018)

Surfing came to the central Oregon coast in the early 1960s and with its arrival young boys took to the waves without proper gear but nonetheless learned how to surf. Since then the surfing culture has grown and evolved, including both genders, kite, wind, stand-up-paddle, and big wave surfing. Geography, the weather, and the cold water still remain the biggest challenges. In the face of all this, the surfing community grows and continues to prosper.

Yoga

Complete Yoga Workbook: A Practical Approach to Healing Common Ailments with Yoga

Stella Weller
(Collins & Brown, $14.95, PB, 9781909397576)

A terrific book for all ages, Complete Yoga Workbook has strategies for improving your health and well-being. It tackles ailments ranging from arthritis and allergies to anxiety, depression, and fatigue. Sequences of simple postures that will ease discomfort appear in easy-to-follow, step-by-step photos, and there's advice on breathing, meditation, warming up and cooling down, and exercising safely.