Aloha Rodeo: Three Hawaiian Cowboys, the World's Greatest Rodeo, and a Hidden History of the American West
One of NPR’s 100 Best Books of the Year
2020 Oregon Book Award Winner
In August 1908, three unknown riders arrived in Cheyenne, Wyoming, their hats adorned with wildflowers, to compete in the world’s greatest rodeo. Steer-roping virtuoso Ikua Purdy and his cousins Jack Low and Archie Ka’au’a had traveled 3,000 miles from Hawaii, of all places, to test themselves against the toughest riders in the West. Dismissed by whites, who considered themselves the only true cowboys, the native Hawaiians would astonish the country, returning home champions—and American legends.
Thrilling . . . Gripping . . . Aloha Rodeo shines.
Smokejumper: A Memoir by One of America's Most Select Airborne Firefighters
Jason Ramos, a U.S. Smokejumper in his 16th season, has been fighting fires for nearly 26 years from Alaska to Florida. Based out of the North Cascades Smokejumper Base in the rugged Cascade Mountains of Washington State, he has faced burning buildings, raging wildfires and nearly everything between. Jason's story is a thrilling inside look into one of the world's most dangerous and difficult jobs.
An expert guide through a fearful world.
Crossing the Heart of Africa: An Odyssey of Love and Adventure
Inspired by the story of British adventurer Ewart Grogan, who marched the length of Africa in 1898 to win the hand of the woman he loved, Julian faces down his own fears of marriage by retracing an incredible 4,500-mile journey from South Africa to Sudan, just months before his own wedding.
Crossing the Heart of Africa is the unforgettable account of these twin adventures, beautifully interweaving Julian's contemporary journey with Grogan’s larger-than-life tale of charging elephants, cannibal attacks, deadly jungles and romantic triumph.
An insightful and often uproarious romp.