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Top River Reads Epic Tales of Adventure, History, and Grit.

Updated: Jan 23, 2022

We rounded up a list of favorite river-inspired books from mentors, partners, and friends in the river community. They are unique, diverse in nature, and all will deepen your love for rivers.





Anything Worth Doing by Jo Deurbrouck


"This is a great story about friendship and the power of rivers.”
- Sam Carter, Host of The River Radius Podcast



Anything Worth Doing tells the true story of 2 larger-than-life whitewater raft guides who share a love for wild rivers and live by the motto, "anything worth doing is worth overdoing."


This motto leads them into a decade of incredible river adventures and one that tests their limits on the Salmon River at the peak flood of an extreme high water year. This novel is easy-to-read, full of insight and adventure, and was the 2012 National Outdoor Book Award Winner.





The River of Doubt by Candice Millard


"A fascinating account of adventure, unimaginable hardship, loss, and suffering. If you are a fan of history and adventure you will find this one hard to put down.”
- Molly Wolff, Creative Director, Rocky Mountain Rafts


This National Best Seller tells the story of Theodore Roosevelt’s first descent of an unmapped, rapids-choked tributary of the Amazon, of the world’s most treacherous jungles.