Happy National Park Week!
I’ve decided to start a new series here on the blog called “Booklover.” In addition to having read a whole bunch of travel-related books and literature, I’ve also visited a lot of literary-related sites in person (author’s homes, graves, etc.) and I think it would be fun to share my combined love of travel and literature with you!
I’ll be writing posts about places I’ve already visited related to Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Jack Kerouac, and more!
I’ll also be reviewing travel-related books and giving you some suggested reading lists, and I’m going to start with one of those today!
It’s National Park Week in the United States (free entry to all National Parks, April 16th-24th), and I have read several great books on the topic of National Parks.
Author: Jim Burnett
This was one of the first books I ever read on my first Kindle, years ago. Written by a career National Park Ranger, the book is both funny and informative. While reading about the crazy things people do in National Parks, we also learn great advice for staying safe and enjoying the gorgeous wilderness America’s National Parks have to offer. This popular book also has a sequel, “Hey Ranger! 2” with even more tales of misadventure.
Find it on Amazon.
The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt & The Fire That Saved America
Author: Timothy Egan
The Big Burn is about the largest forest fire ever in America, which happened in 1910 and covered vast portions of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. The story reads like an adventure novel, and listening to the audiobook, I was on the edge of my seat to learn the fate of the mountain towns and the brave National Forest Rangers who attempted to save them. After finishing the book, I realized that I’d actually been to the site of one of the towns in Idaho, and taken a photograph of the monument plaque. Once I knew the full story of what had happened there, I had a whole new appreciation for that photo, and the men whose names were listed there. The story also explains how Teddy Roosevelt used the fire to promote conservationism in America’s parks.
Death in Yellowstone: Accidents and Foolhardiness in the First National Park
Author: Lee H. Wittlesey
I’ll admit, my reading list often takes a turn for the macabre, which is probably how I discovered this book about all the ways people have died in Yellowstone National Park since its inception in 1872. The stories are fascinating–everything from freak avalanches to run-ins with bison and bears–and it’s a stark reminder how ‘wild’ the wilderness can really be. I visited Yellowstone with my family when I was 11 years old, and in retrospect our week of family car camping seems a lot more adventurous now that I know what accidents could have been lurking at every turn! I’d still highly recommend a visit to Yellowstone if you get the opportunity. It’s stunningly beautiful, and there is so much wildlife to see.
Find the book on Amazon.
So, those are my book recommendations about National Parks! Have you read any good books about the parks? Leave your recommendations in the comments–I’d love to read them! If you’re a fellow book addict, you can connect with me on Goodreads, too.
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