The 40 I keep coming back to-An Armchairman's Compendium

A Listmania! list by T. McMillan (L.A., Colorado)
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The list author says: "I love travel, exploration, life on the edge literary works. I've read through an entire book on climbing Colorado's Fourteeners just for the vicarious pleasure of picturing scree slopes and dangerous cross winds. These are the books that have given me the greatest Escapist pleasure so far."
In Patagonia (Penguin Classics)
1.  In Patagonia (Penguin Classics) by Bruce Chatwin
The list author says:
  "I loved trekking around the misty edge of the world.  Interesting characters.  Apart from the fiction or non-fiction debate regarding Chatwin, this books transports you."
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The Songlines
2.  The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin
The list author says:
  "I'm not sure if the places that Chatwin describes are real or if the incredible songlines exist, but to go into the outback with Chatwin is a gritty pleasure."
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Anatomy of Restlessness: Selected Writings 1969-1989
3.  Anatomy of Restlessness: Selected Writings 1969-1989 by Bruce Chatwin
The list author says:
  "Nice Introduction to Chatwin.  Made me hunger for the longer works."
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Sufferings in Africa: The Astonishing Account Of A New England Sea Captain Enslaved By North African Arabs
4.  Sufferings in Africa: The Astonishing Account Of A New England Sea Captain Enslaved By North African Arabs by James Riley
The list author says:
  "This book is still with me.  Have to read it again.  The bewildering world of the Muslim Sahara through the eyes of a distressed Yankee Sea Captain.  The divide between our cultures remains today."
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Arabian Sands (Penguin Classics)
5.  Arabian Sands (Penguin Classics) by Wilfred Thesiger
The list author says:
  "This book makes me want to live in a black Bedouin tent, carry my rifle by the barrel, drink strong coffee one thimblefull at a time.  Man I love Thesiger and his preoccupation with the desert and its toughest inhabitants.  Read this with a glass of precious water by your side."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
6.  Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
The list author says:
  "The Masculine dream of being a strong, good leader in adverse circumstances.  It doesn't get any better than this.  Ice Floes, Meals of Seals, Rags, hunger, wretchedness, topped with a crazy, improbable boat trip over the world's roughest seas."
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Stones for Ibarra, Large Print Edition
7.  Stones for Ibarra, Large Print Edition by Harriet Doerr
The list author says:
  "Is Ibarra's description of a Mexican village pure fiction.  If it is I wish such a place existed.  A tender story about a community in rural Mexico and an American Ex-pat."
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On the Road: The Original Scroll (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
8.  On the Road: The Original Scroll (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) by Jack Kerouac
The list author says:
  "This is enthusiasm.  This is passion with a tankful of gas and the American Highway. Not a big fan of the destructive amor/immorality of the leading characters, but what a long strange trip with the king of the Beats.  He even hung in Colorado."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,213 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Halfbreed: The Remarkable True Story of George Bent-- Caught Between the Worlds of the Indian and the White Man
9.  Halfbreed: The Remarkable True Story of George Bent-- Caught Between the Worlds of the Indian and the White Man by David Fridtjof Halaas
The list author says:
  "An amazing description of the lifestyle of the Southern Cheyenne who roamed the West east of the Rockies before the fencing of the plains.  Bent was the real deal.  One of only a handful of eyewitness accounts of the Southern Cheyenne during this era.  Son of William Bent of Bent's Fort Fame."
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The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
10.  The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan
The list author says:
  "An important collection of Dust Bowl eye witness accounts written in a readable way.  A cautionary tale for those who would scorn careful stewardship of the land."
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Wah-to-yah, and the Taos Trail; or Prairie travel and scalp dances, with a look at Los Rancheros from Muleback and the Rocky Mountain Campfire.
11.  Wah-to-yah, and the Taos Trail; or Prairie travel and scalp dances, with a look at Los Rancheros from Muleback and the Rocky Mountain Campfire. by Lewis Hector Garrard
The list author says:
  "A colorful old west character writing about even more colorful men roaming the West.  He captures the dialect of the Mountain Men as they tell their tales.  An important first hand account of some of the toughest hombres this country has seen or will ever see."
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Qualifications: Autodidact, Bibliophile, Pioneer Stock, A former traveler
Last updated: 1/3/11
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