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The Ultimate Survival Manual

Ollie's: where to go for "good stuff, cheap." No, this isn't an ad for Ollie's, but I will admit that I love to go there and browse through the cheap stuff - especially the books. You never know what oddball gem you're going to turn up there, and this month's selection is no exception.

The Ultimate Survival Manual: 333 Skills That Will Get You Out Alive
by Rich Johnson (and the Editors at Outdoor Life) (published 2012)
is not just a fun read, it's genuinely informative. While I wouldn't go so far as to say it's a "must have" for anyone other than a real outdoors-person, it might just come in handy one day if, say, you slid off a lonely road one snowy night.

Now, granted, in these days of cell phones, for the most part we're not at the kind of risk our parents and grandparents may have faced while traveling, or on an outdoor expedition.

But I do remember traveling back and forth to Vermont when I was young, and our route took us al…

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