by Nando Parrado is the book I'm reading right now. Oh my goodness - it is amazing. It's the story of the Uruguayan rugby team whose plane crashed in the Andes mountains in 1972. You've likely seen (or at least heard of) the movie "Alive"?? I am at the point where Nando and Roberto have ventured out on the final quest that will lead to their rescue, and it's nearly impossible to put the book down.
I love reading books for "armchair adventurers" about real adventurers, and though not one iota of their experience was by choice, they did indeed become adventurers. What they were forced to experience and endure is heart-wrenching, but how they handled the situation is beyond inspirational. The human spirit truly is spectacular.
My husband teases me about reading all of these books, but I really do believe they makes me a better person. The stories help me to not take life - or comfort - for granted, and thinking about the strength and endurance all of these various folks were able to find within themselves when they were facing unimaginable circumstances helps me to draw out more of my own strength and endurance. And that HAS to be a good thing.