Good read for a backpacking trip

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  1. NicDo

    NicDo Member

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    I have a solo 3-night backpacking trip in northern Maine coming up and I'm looking for book recommendations.
    • Ideally somewhat slim for packing, or lighter in weight.
    • Printed book only. Devices staying at home.

    While I'll be mountain climbing and hiking mostly, I'll have some downtime and always expect a little rain to keep me in the lean-to.

    I don't really get into the classic rock biographies but I'm open to anything.
    Thanks!
     
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  3. NicDo

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    Good call!
     
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    And it's real,I have a copy(unless I lost it when my boathouse flooded this spring)
     
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    The River at Night by Erica Ferencik. Great hiking read. Quick. Unpredictable.
     
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  6. NicDo

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    Thanks for the tip- I'll check that out. I'm going to be in northern Maine too!
     
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    Where are you going to be? It can be cool to read about the place you’re hiking. I read Desert Solitaire while hiking in Utah when I was a teenager, for example.

    Edit: oops. Just saw Maine. Don’t know much about literature about that area. But I’d imagine there’s something.
     
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    My Travels with Charley by Steinbeck. A wonderful travelogue by one of America's best writers. Also, A Walk in the Woods by Bryson.
     
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    A Walk in the Woods.
     
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  10. NicDo

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    Thanks for the tip. I read that one, or it would be a great choice!
     
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    Desert Solitaire is an amazing read. I read it in between Utah trips and it was like porn for a landscape lover.
    Thanks for the suggestion!
    P.S. I'm just about to sew my Bookhouse Boys TP patch on to my pack ;)
     
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    That's what triggered the recommendation. Take pepper spray. And warm clothing. Have fun and be safe!
     
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    Some random ideas popping to mind:

    Night Film by Pessl

    Invisible Monsters by Palahniuk

    The Stranger by Camus

    Inferno by Dante
     
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    If you are into SF, they don't get any better than the late, lamented Iain M Banks. Some of his books are doorstops but - in all fairness to his memory - not a word is wasted. His first published SF novel - Consider Phlebas - features a young woman who enjoys mountaineering, if you need some connection to your activities. Use Of Weapons is, IMO, one of the best SF novels ever written, with an ending that will bite your arse.

    It may not be to your taste, though; I always enjoy the contrast of reading something to do with far advanced tech when I'm getting back to nature in real life. The contrast can be fun.
     
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  16. NicDo

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    Thanks, looking into those!
     
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    Those are totally new to me andd I'm interested. Thanks for the taking the time to comment!
     
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    My go to for holiday reading used to be classic detective novels. Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, etc.

    Black Lizard publishing specializes in those kind of books. I starting buying anything published by them and found some writers I wasn't familiar with. Andrew Vachss, Henning Mankell, Eric Ambler... All good, quick, and fun reads.
     
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    The Survival of the Bark Canoe, John McPhee.
     
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    I just bought a copy of The Pioneers by McCullough. I would think that would make a great read whilst exploring the woods.
     

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