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2023 Book Log

I kept a book log in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.

  1. Heroes of the Frontier – a mom escapes to Alaska with her two children. She is running from a lot of trouble and is still running at the end of the book.
  2. Why we swim – engaging cultural history of why humans swim for survival, food gathering, competition, fitness, mindfulness and fun.
  3. Drift – a short book about making conscious choices and moving past the choices you didn’t make to make choices to be on the path you want to be in.
  4. The Animal Keeprs: the story of an unlikely hero and an unforgettable season – My son finished his final season as a SPASH XC runner a few months ago. The traditions, teamwork, goal setting and sportsmanship Coach Behnke writes about in the Animal Keepers still exist more than 35 years since the storied 1985 season. Cross country, at SPASH and many schools, transforms the lives of the young men and young women who participate.
  5. Thousand-Miler: Adventures Hiking the Ice Age Trail – we’ve got a goal to section hike the entire Ice Age Trail in the next 5 years. Some recon with this helpful book.
  6. Fairy Tale – a 2022 Stephen King book about a young man from Illinois who goes on a fairy tale adventure.
  7. Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir of Survival – Little Norm Ollestad tells the story of surviving a plane crash by alternating the harrowing escape down a mountain after the crash with stories of a father who wanted his best but didn’t always act with Norm’s best interests in mind.
  8. Feral: Losing myself and finding my way in America’s National Parks – Emily Pennington, admist the COVID-19 pandemic and a crushing break-up, realizes a dream by visiting 60+ National Parks.
  9. Pesos: The rise and fall of a border family – family biography of a corrupt (now reformed???) family on the San Diego and Tijuana border.
  10. The Island – two families hunt one another within the confines of an island off the coast of Australia.
  11. 2312 – political and social problems in the widely colonized solar system. This was a slog of a book that I started in 2022 and struggled to finish.

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.