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The Get Out Alive Book Club

The GOA Book Club is a collection of books that are used as reference material in our episodes, or that we find relevant and interesting to our topic matter. These books do not sponsor us, so therefore instead of providing links for you to buy online, we highly recommend you support your local bookstores by ordering from them. 

Fuzz: When Nature Breaks The Law by Mary Roach

"Roach tags along with animal-attack forensics investigators, human-elephant conflict specialists, bear managers, and “danger tree” faller blasters. Intrepid as ever, she travels from leopard-terrorized hamlets in the Indian Himalaya to St. Peter’s Square in the early hours before the pope arrives for Easter Mass, when vandal gulls swoop in to destroy the elaborate floral display. She taste-tests rat bait, learns how to install a vulture effigy, and gets mugged by a macaque.

Combining little-known forensic science and conservation genetics with a motley cast of laser scarecrows, langur impersonators, and trespassing squirrels, Roach reveals as much about humanity as about nature’s lawbreakers. When it comes to “problem” wildlife, she finds, humans are more often the problem—and the solution. Fascinating, witty, and humane, Fuzz offers hope for compassionate coexistence in our ever-expanding human habitat."


Coyote America: A Natural & Supernatural History by Dan Flores

"Coyote America traces the five-million-year biological story of an animal that has become the "wolf" in our backyards, as well as its cultural evoltuion from a preeminent spot in North American religions to the hapless foil of the Road Runner. A deeply American tale, the story of the coyote in the American West and beyond is a sort of Manifest Destiny in reverse, with a pioneering hero whose career holds up an uncanny mirror to the successes and failures of American expansionism."


Bear Attacks: Their Causes and Avoidance by Stephen Herrero

"For more than three decades, Bear Attacks has been the thorough and unflinching landmark study of the attacks made on humans by the great grizzly and the less aggressive, but occasionally deadly, black bear. This is the sometimes horrific yet instructive story of bears and people, written by the world's leading scientific authority in the field. This book is essential for anyone who hikes, camps, or visits bear country - and for anyone who wants to know more about these sometimes fearsome but always fascinating wild creatures."


EAGLEMAN by Joe C. Atkinson

"EAGLEMAN is an action-packed adventure ride that takes you into another world – a world of hunting with the most powerful raptor on the planet, the golden eagle. With Ryan Jamison's life on the line, both man and eagle come to understand they need each other to survive the harshest weather conditions on earth, -80C with 100 mph winds. Unexpected global forces complicate his journey at every turn, but other allies provide assistance in unexpected ways. This wilderness thriller takes falconer Ryan Jamison far from his family and into deadly danger, but only one eagle holds the key to his safe return. Joe C. Atkinson is known throughout the world as an expert on eagle falconry and has many followers that read his writing."


A Grizzly Tale: A Father and Daughter Survival Story by Johan Otter

"Johan Otter’s life changed in a fraction of a second the day he and his daughter Jenna were attacked by a grizzly bear while hiking in Glacier National Park. This is his tale of survival, family, and triumph in the face of trauma.


'More than a story of a bear attack, this is the incredible story of a father and daughter's love, determination, resilience, and triumph. Johan and Jenna fought to survive both the attack and the life threatening injuries, fought during extensive recovery, and grew in ways that have inspired many, including the rescue teams that helped them survive a grizzly bear attack on the side of a mountain in Glacier National Park's backcountry.' - Gary Moses, Lake McDonald District Ranger, Glacier National Park, 2008 Harry Yount Award recipient"