Steven Rinella’s favorite reads of 2020

Adrian Liang on December 04, 2020

Steven Rinella’s favorite reads of 2020

If you’ve ever read, watched, or listened to Steven Rinella talk about a life outdoors, then you know that honoring wilderness and appreciating wild game are key ingredients to his world. The host of the TV show MeatEater has written several books on hunting and cooking fish and game, and now he offers readers a wider range of tools through The MeatEater Guide to Wilderness Skills and Survival.

We asked Rinella what he’s read and loved this year, and the books below reflect his love for nature and history.

Life and Death at the Mouth of the Musselshell by H. Duane Hampton, editor

This is a day-by-day journal of a gunsmith and hunter who lived in a small fort at the mouth of the Mussellshell River between 1868 and 1872. The amount of gunplay and general violence that took place thereabouts is astounding.

That Wild Country: An Epic Journey through the Past, Present, and Future of America's Public Lands by Mark Kenyon

I’m a proud defender of America’s public lands. In this book, Kenyon lays out their complete history: who fought to protect them in the past, who wants to destroy them now, and what needs to happen to protect them in the future.

This Is Chance!: The Great Alaska Earthquake, Genie Chance, and the Shattered City She Held Together by Jon Mooallem

Not only did I love this book for what it is—a chronicle of Alaska’s 1964 earthquake and the people whose lives it upended—I loved it because it was interesting to see the finished product of a process that I witnessed through the lens of my friendship with the author.

Walter Arnold, Maine Trapper: Stories from One of the Last Mountain Men by Jeremiah Wood

This is a compilation of writings from a fur trapper who was active in the Maine wilderness from the 1930s through the 1950s. Arnold’s struggles and learnings as a trapper shows what it really takes to make a living as a woodsman.

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