Patagonia's Favorite Books

The Internet has placed a world of information at our fingertips but it still doesn't beat curling up with a good book. Whether you read at home or in base camp the titles on this list are sure to inform, inspire and entertain. Note: Many of the links will take you to our friends at Powell's Books.


Patagonia, La Última Esperanza
by Mary Heebner & Macduff Everton

In this spectacular collection of panoramic images, award-winning photographer Macduff Everton proves why Chile's Last Hope Province, in the extreme southern corner of Patagonia, is a landscape that inspires. Patagonia, La Última Esperanza is a collaboration with writer and artist Mary Heebner, whose meditative prose reflects the poetry of place.

On the Blue Shore of Silence: Poems of the Sea
by Pablo Neruda

Although anthologies of Neruda's works abound, On the Blue Shore of Silence is the first to collect some of his poems on the sea. At times passionate and at other times peaceful, the poems chosen for this collection – presented in bilingual format – are meant to offer readers the experience of what it would have been like to sit with Neruda at Isla Negra, the view of the sea endless, the pulse of the waves, eternal.

Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America
by Chris Davenport, Art Burrows & Penn Newhard

A compilation of iconic and aesthetic ski descents from Alaska to Mount Washington. Created by ski mountaineers Chris Davenport, Art Burrows and Penn Newhard, the book taps into the local knowledge of contributors such as Andrew McLean, Glen Plake, Lowell Skoog, Chic Scott and Ptor Spricenieks with first person descriptions of their favorite ski descents and insightful perspectives on ski mountaineering past, present and future.

Activism

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
by Michael Pollan

The Botany of Desire explores the ecology of eating to unveil why we consume what we consume in the 21st century by tracing the impact of meals from four distinctly different origins.

Confessions of an Eco-Warrior
by Dave Foreman

A book that will set the course for the environmental movement for years to come, Confessions of an Eco-Warrior is an inspiring ecological call-to-arms by America's foremost and most controversial environmental activist.

Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating
by Jane Goodall with Gary McAvoy and Gail Hudson

Renowned scientist and bestselling author Goodall delivers an eye-opening and empowering book that explores the social and personal significance of the food people produce and consume.

Adventure/Travel

This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland
by Gretel Ehrlich

For the last decade, Gretel Ehrlich has been obsessed by an island, a terrain, a culture, and the treacherous beauty of a world that is defined by ice. In This Cold Heaven she combines the story of her travels with history and cultural anthropology to reveal a Greenland that few of us could otherwise imagine.

Patagonia: Notes from the Field
ed. Nora Gallagher

Patagonia: Notes from the Field is a collection of photographs and essays that stir the senses. Commissioned for Patagonia, the outdoor clothing and gear company, and with an introduction from its legendary founder, Yvon Chouinard, Notes from the Field delivers in both image and word.

Below Another Sky: A Mountain Adventure in Search of a Lost Father
by Rick Ridgeway

A renowned adventurer travels to Tibet with a young woman in search of her father's memory and gains a fresh perspective on his life. Combining gripping adventure writing with intimate memoir, Rick Ridgeway takes readers to the mysterious mountain domain of Tibet, and into the remote corners of his past.

Climbing/Mountaineering

Glen Denny: Yosemite in the Sixties
by Glen Denny (Photographer) and Tom Adler (Editor)

This majestic visual record of Yosemite in the 60s includes a foreword by Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, an introduction by Rick Ridgeway, whom Rolling Stone has called "the real Indiana Jones," and a wealth of previously unpublished photographs.

The Shadow of Kilimanjaro
by Rick Ridgeway

In one of the most acclaimed travel and adventure books of 1999, Rick Ridgeway chronicles his trek from the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro to the Indian Ocean, through Kenya's famed Tsavo Park. His tale is, according to The Boston Globe, "a gripping account of how it feels to be charged by an incensed elephant and kept awake at night by the roaring of stalking lions."

Seven Summits
by Dick Bass, Frank Wells, and Rick Ridgeway

Frank Wells was the head of a major motion picture studio. Dick Bass had made his fortune as an energy and resort entrepreneur. In middle age, both men left home, family, and successful careers to share an impossible dream: be the first to climb the highest mountain on each of seven continents, from McKinley to Kilimanjaro to Everest.

Environment/Ecology/Conservation

The Devil's Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America's Great White Sharks
by Susan Casey

A journalist's obsession brings her to a remote island off the California coast, home to the world's most mysterious and fearsome predators-and the strange band of surfer-scientists who follow them.

The Essential Grizzly: The Mingled Fates of Men and Bears
by Doug Peacock and Andrea Peacock

In The Essential Grizzly, Doug and Andrea Peacock argue that the conservation of big, wild, sometimes dangerous animals is of absolute importance to modern humans, to the survival of our own species, and for rational thought.

Eating Stone: Imagination and the Loss of the Wild
by Ellen Meloy

An inspired reflection on the bond between wild creatures and the human imagination, told as a chronicle of four seasons with a band of rare desert bighorn sheep.

Falconry

Eagle Dreams: Searching for Legends in Wild Mongolia
by Stephen J. Bodio

A fascinating account of the ancient–and still living–Mongolian tradition of hunting with eagles; a memoir of days spent in the company of the hunters, both human and avian.

On the Edge of the Wild: Passions and Pleasures of a Naturalist
by Stephen J. Bodio

Passionate outdoorsman Stephen Bodio manages to pull off an important feat in these collected nature writings: he makes the natural world fresh and new. With a seemingly small detail or minor twist, Bodio takes us to the edge of wildness and beyond.

Aloft: A Meditation on Pigeons & Pigeon-Flying
by Stephen J. Bodio

Bodio discovered the pleasures of pigeon-keeping as a child; in this affectionate but unsentimental memoir, he celebrates such diverse aspects of the hobby as racing homing pigeons, breeding rare ornamental varieties, and simply enjoying watching his flock in flight. He also describes his experiences and relationships with a delightful assortment of fellow pigeon lovers, an engaging group of humans.

Fiction

The Lobo Outback Funeral Home
by Dave Foreman

A hard-hitting, action-packed eco-thriller set in New Mexico and centered around active conservation issues.

On the Edge of the Wild: Passions and Pleasures of a Naturalist
by Stephen J. Bodio

Passionate outdoorsman Stephen Bodio manages to pull off an important feat in these collected nature writings: he makes the natural world fresh and new. With a seemingly small detail or minor twist, Bodio takes us to the edge of wildness and beyond.

Aloft: A Meditation on Pigeons & Pigeon-Flying
by Stephen J. Bodio

Bodio discovered the pleasures of pigeon-keeping as a child; in this affectionate but unsentimental memoir, he celebrates such diverse aspects of the hobby as racing homing pigeons, breeding rare ornamental varieties, and simply enjoying watching his flock in flight. He also describes his experiences and relationships with a delightful assortment of fellow pigeon lovers, an engaging group of humans.

Fishing

Hooked: Pirates, Poaching, and the Perfect Fish
by G. Bruce Knecht

Hooked: A True Story of Pirates, Poaching and the Perfect Fish is the extraordinary story of a remarkable fish, the men who prey upon it, and the people who battle to save it from extinction.

The Case of the Missing Cutthroats
by Jean Craighead George

This mystery begins when Spinner, a New York City native who would rather pirouette than fly cast, catches the family prize––much to her boy cousins' dismay. The prize fish, a huge cutthroat trout, had been thought to be extinct in the river, and Spinner and her cousin set out to solve the mystery of how this one spectacular cutthroat survived until Spinner reeled him in.

Politics, Pollution & Pandas: An Environmental Memoir
by Russell E. Train

Train recounts his experience as a major player in environmental developments in the US government during the late 1960s and early 1970s, and before and after that in the nongovernmental environmental community, particularly as head of the World Wildlife Fund in the US.

Memoir

Politics, Pollution & Pandas: An Environmental Memoir
by Russell E. Train

Train recounts his experience as a major player in environmental developments in the US government during the late 1960s and early 1970s, and before and after that in the nongovernmental environmental community, particularly as head of the World Wildlife Fund in the US.

Finding Beauty in a Broken World
by Terry Tempest Williams

In her most original, provocative, and eloquently moving book since Refuge, Terry Tempest Williams carefully constructs a skillful, nuanced mosaic of stories and observations to convincingly make the connection between racism and specism and sensitively argues for respect for life in all its myriad forms.

Climbing Free: My Life in the Vertical World
by Lynn Hill

In Climbing Free Hill describes her famous climb and meditates on how she harnesses the strength and the courage to push herself to such extremes. She tells of her near-fatal 80-foot fall, her youth as a stunt artist for Hollywood, her friendships with climbing's most colorful personalities, and the tragedies and triumphs of her life in the vertical world.

Naturalists/Natural History

The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal
by Jared Diamond

Jared Diamond states the theme of his book up-front: "How the human species changed, within a short time, from just another species of big mammal to a world conqueror; and how we acquired the capacity to reverse all that progress overnight."

Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness
by Edward Abbey

he noted author's most enduring nonfiction work, Desert Solitaire is an account of Abbey's seasons as a ranger in some of the desert Southwest’s most stunning national parks, offering a clear-eyed vision of lands on the verge of being loved to death.

Grizzly Years: In Search of the American Wilderness
by Doug Peacock

For nearly twenty years, alone and unarmed, author Doug Peacock traversed the rugged mountains of Montana and Wyoming tracking the magnificent grizzly.