Adventure Off the Beaten Path

by Karen Walch | Nov 10, 2021

These novels, though wild at times, are a great, more grounded type of adventure that- while no one's saving the earth or defusing bombs with three seconds left- the stakes feel so much higher because of how real and relatable it is. Enjoy!

Devolution
by Max Brooks

If Bigfoot isn’t real, then what happened to the small, techy village of Greenloop? The story is pieced together partly from a found diary and partly from interviews, which does a great job of sucking the reader in and making them invested in the outcome of all the characters they’re introduced to. Having been released at a time when toilet paper shortages were front page news and stockpiling was a nationwide hobby, the characters’ descent into their base survival urges proves all the more relatable.

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No Country for Old Men
by Cormac McCarthy

The year is 1980 and while out hunting near the Texas-Mexico border a drug deal gone very, very wrong is found. The drugs are still there, and the money isn’t far away. There are very few things man wouldn’t do to protect $2 million dollars (worth over $6.5 million in 2021 dollars), and this book examines those acts in a world nearly unrecognizable to an aging sheriff. This book is tense, beautiful, and philosophical, written in prose that only Cormac McCarthy can conjure. The book was expertly adapted for film in 2007 by the Coen brothers.

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Bonus: read the eBook!

Bonus: watch the DVD!

The Old Man and the Sea
by Ernest Hemingway

Perhaps the greatest fishing story ever told. In this book, man is battling himself and nature in equal measure, and you are along for the physically and emotionally exhausting ride. Santiago’s strength of body and spirit makes his victories your victories, and his losses your losses. Find a spare afternoon and dive into this Pulitzer prize- winning classic.

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Bonus: read the eBook!

Bonus: watch the DVD!

Bonus: read the book in Spanish!

True Grit
by Charles Portis

Never before has there been a more precocious 14-year-old young woman than in “True Grit.” Mattie Ross knows exactly what she wants- revenge for her murdered father, and exactly how to get it- by hiring aged trigger-for-hire Rooster Cogburn. Between the two of them and Texas Marshall LeBoeuf, her father’s murderer stands little chance, with each character showing just what it means to have “grit.” Again, the Coen brothers show they know a beautiful story when they read it when in 2010 they adapted this book for the big screen.

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Bonus: watch the the 1969 DVD!

Bonus: watch the 2011 DVD!

 

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