Nothing quite says “Christmas” like a proliferation of coffee table books coming out. Naturally, the range of subjects is broad, but to help you weed out those most appropriate to paddlers, here are some recent offerings:

Fifty Places to Paddle Before You Die — If you’re looking for suggestions to add to that bucket list, or you just like beautiful photographs of delightful paddling destinations, this might be a good choice. It’s from an Oregon author, too: http://www.abramsbooks.com/Books/Fifty_Places_to_Paddle_Before_You_Die-9781617691256.html

Field Guide to Oregon Rivers — Published by Oregon State University, this is a comprehensive guide to 120 waterways, throughout the state. Whether floating, fishing or otherwise frolicking in or adjacent to Oregon’s rivers, this should prove a useful resource: http://osupress.oregonstate.edu/book/field-guide-to-oregon-rivers

Melting Away — Probably the most coffee-table-ish of these offerings, the photos herein reflect Camille Seaman’s decade-long quest to document the changes befalling the world’s polar regions. Perhaps reminiscent of the film, Chasing Ice, the book displays some of the effects of a world climate spinning out of balance: http://www.papress.com/html/book.details.page.tpl?isbn=9781616892609

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