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Stories of Survivors in Fiction and Nonfiction

 Watership Down

Richard Adams

Voyage of the Narwhal
Andrea Barrett

The Reapers are the Angels
Alden Bell

Jamrach's Menagerie
Carol Birch

Where Heaven Begins
Rosanne Bittner

Robinson Crusoe
Daniel Defoe

The Unit
Terry DeHart

To the White Sea
James Dickey

Lord of the Flies
William Golding

Into the Forest
Jean Hegland

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
Stephen King

Ice Station Zebra
Alistair MacLean

Life of Pi
Yann Martel

The Mountain Between Us
Charles Martin

I Am Legend
Richard Matheson

Hater
David Moody

Cold Earth
Sarah Moss

Bear Down, Bear North: Alaska Stories
Melinda Moustakis

The Unknown Shore
Patrick O’Brian

The Revenant
Michael Punke

Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse
James Wesley Rawles

My Abandonment
Peter Rock

The White Mary
Kira Salak

The Cage
Audrey Schulman

Aftermath
Charles Sheffield

A Town Like Alice
Nevil Shute

Beside a Burning Sea
John Shors

The Terror
Dan Simmons

The Ruins
Scott Smith

The Deepest Waters
Dan Walsh

Snowbound
Richard S. Wheeler

No Safe Haven
Kimberley and Kayla R. Woodhouse

Catherwood
Marly Youmans

The Mullah's Storm
Thomas W. Young

 

Nonfiction

 

The Walking Dead. Book One: A Continuing Story of Survival Horror
Robert Kirkman  741.5 KIR

The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest
Anatoli Boukreev  796.522 BOU

Extremes: Surviving the World's Harshest Environments
Nick Middleton  910.4 MID

Into the Wild
Jon Krakauer  917.98045 KRA

Lost in the Jungle: A Harrowing True Story of Survival
Yossi Ghinsberg  918.4 GHI

North to the Night: A Year in the Arctic Ice
Alvah Simon  919.804 SIM

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Laura Hillenbrand  940.547252 HIL

Lost in Shangri-la: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II
Mitchell Zuckoff  940.548 ZUC

Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival
Dean King  964.8 KIN

 

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