Aug 22, 2014 — Hampton Sides' In The Kingdom Of Ice recounts an ill-fated 19th-century naval expedition to the North Pole. It appears at No. 1.
Aug 2, 2014 — In the Kingdom of Ice tells the story of a "grand and terrible" 19th-century expedition into uncharted Arctic waters. Of the 33 men who set out, only 13 made it home after a truly harrowing voyage.
Jul 15, 2014 — Tales about travel don't always end well: Planes crash into jungles and ships run aground. For NPR's "Book Your Trip" series, Lynn Neary considers the rich genre of travel disaster literature.
Apr 6, 2012 — It's been 100 years since the sinking of the RMS Titanic, and the anniversary brings with it a barrage of literature. Former NPR editor Rachel Syme has been keeping track of the new releases and lists her favorites here. Do you have a favorite Titanic book? Let us know in the comments.
Aug 4, 2011 — Few things are creepier than the idea of eating another person — even in extreme circumstances. Author Mitchell Zuckoff recommends these three stories where humans are the main course, whether on account of tribal ritual, or of extreme desperation.
Jul 26, 2011 — NPR coverage of In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
May 29, 2010 — Susan Stamberg gathers recommendations from booksellers Rona Brinlee, Lucia Silva and Daniel Goldin. Their selections for summertime reading include books about small-town America, a polygamist father in over his head, and a postmistress in New England during World War II.
May 12, 2006 — In 1940, an oceanliner sailing on the North Atlantic was torpedoed by a German U-boat and sunk. The ship was transporting British children away from the German blitz to safety in Canada. Miracles on the Water by Tom Nagorski chronicles the disaster in harrowing detail.
Nov 10, 2005 — Michael Schumacher, author of Mighty Fitz: The Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, talks about the ship's history and its disappearance 30 years ago.