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Just Announced:

Winners of the 2014 National Outdoor Book Awards Medallion

Featured New Books . . . 

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Newly Reviewed Books . . . 


Adventure: Adventure Inward:  A Risk Taker’s Book of Quotes


Fishing Novel: Personal Best - Fishing and Life


Recently Featured Books . . .

Big Water, Little Boats


Canyons & Ice: the Wilderness Travels of Dick Griffith 


Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest. 



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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.


Happy Reading!          


     --Ron Watters



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