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Category Archives: Books

Ben McGrath on ‘Riverman,’ the Story of an American Legend Who Disappeared

The cover shot of Riverman: An American Odyssey—a wide stretch of the Hudson River—was taken not far from Piermont, New York, where the book’s author, Ben McGrath, lives with his wife and two young children. “It would take me half an hour to be in that same spot,” McGrath says. He often does paddle there, […]

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The Unsolved 1996 Murders Still Haunting Women and Queer Communities

For women and queer people, the American wilderness offers a double-edged sense of freedom. There is a long history of marginalized communities going to the woods for adventure, solace, or social connection that is hard, if not impossible, to find in regular life. But the woods, in their distance from laws and safety personnel, can also […]

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Everything Our Editors Loved in April

Some Outside editors spent April scaling Mount Everest and exploring the Amazon’s tepuis through books and movies. Others turned to shows tracing scams and scandals. Here’s everything we enjoyed last month. What We Read It’s officially Everest season, one of our favorite times of year here at Outside. If you need something to dig your crampons into […]

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The 5 Best New Children’s Books About the Environment

Whenever my four-year-old daughter, Josephine, and I visit a library, she runs straight past the children’s nonfiction section—packed with information about animals, ecosystems, and environmental issues—and makes a beeline for the storybooks. Like most humans, her brain is hardwired to learn through stories, and her favorites involve talking animals, struggles between good and evil, and […]

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Everything Our Editors Loved in March

In March, Outside staffers turned up the volume on audiobooks, listening to authors get personal about broken hearts and human connection. Other literary pursuits included a book about a Montana reservation’s high school basketball team and the TV adaptation of Bridgerton. Here are all of our favorites from the month. What We Read The book I’m gifting and […]

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Words of Wisdom from Brendan Leonard, the Everyman of Ultrarunning

In his collection of running essays, Have Fun Out There Or Not, my fellow Outside columnist Brendan Leonard writes that, “Like anything worth doing, running long distances is about 90 percent tedious bullshit and 10 percent wonderful.” It’s hard to disagree. Leonard, who began running ultras in his mid-thirties, has a talent for chronicling his […]

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The Time I Crossed Paths with a Modern Day Huck Finn

Riverman is the April pick for the Outside Book Club. You can learn more about the book club here, or join us on Facebook to discuss it. In the summer of 1999, Richard Perry Conant, age 48, quit his job as a janitor at the VA hospital in Boise, declaring himself fed up with the Clinton impeachment indulgence and maybe modernity […]

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Two Elite Runners Wrote the Book on Longevity in Women’s Distance Running

In their new release, How She Did It, elite runners Molly Huddle and Sara Slattery share the stories of 50 successful runners to highlight women’s experiences in the sport. The book serves as an inspirational how-to guide for the next generation of female distance runners, with the goal of promoting athletic longevity. Huddle, a two-time Olympian and […]

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