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2013 National Outdoor Book Award Winners  Medallion

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Best of 2012 . . .  Our Choices


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   Natural History: Eastern Alpine Guide

   Novels: An Island Between Two ShoresThe Sparks Fly Upward

   Hang Gliding: Eagles in the Flesh

   Education:  Beyond Learning by Doing

   Climbing: A Climber's Guide to Central America

   Travel: The Milepost: Alaska Travel Planner



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Introduction. There are lots of outdoor books published each year and deciding which ones to read isn't an easy task.  This is designed to help.  A guide to new and past works of outdoor literature, it's a compendium of reviews, lists, and recommendations. 


Much of what you'll see here is based on my work with the National Outdoor Book Awards (NOBA).  As chair of the awards program, I'm very fortunate to have the opportunity to read and review many new outdoor books published each year.  Thus, included within these pages you'll find reviews of NOBA winners.  Of course, not all books entered in the contest win, and you'll also find reviews on other new and innovative works that I've run across. 


Additionally, I've compiled information on outstanding works published in the past.  This includes outdoor classics, recommendations from outdoor literature authorities, and "Best Book" lists assembled by others.  Finally, I've also included my own list of important works which I use in an outdoor literature class that I teach at Idaho State University.


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     --Ron Watters



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