9 Books to Help You Escape When You Are Trapped in an Airport (or Anywhere)

October 28 2014

Whether you are a Texan trapped in a London Waterstone’s bookstore or a traveler stranded in an airport, here are 11 great books to help you deal with the confinement and plan your escape!

Between a Rock and a Hard Place
by Aron Ralston

It was 2:41 P.M. Eight miles from his truck, in a deep and narrow slot canyon, Aron was climbing down off a wedged boulder when the rock suddenly, and terrifyingly, came loose. Before he could get out of the way, the falling stone pinned his right hand and wrist against the canyon wall. One of the most extraordinary survival stories ever told — Aron Ralston's searing account of his six days trapped in one of the most remote spots in America, and how one inspired act of bravery brought him home.

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Aron Ralston

It was 2:41 P.M. Eight miles from his truck, in a deep and narrow slot canyon, Aron was climbing down off a wedged boulder when the rock suddenly, and terrifyingly, came loose. Before he could get out of the way, the falling stone pinned his right hand and wrist against the canyon wall. One of the most extraordinary survival stories ever told — Aron Ralston's searing account of his six days trapped in one of the most remote spots in America, and how one inspired act of bravery brought him home.

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Dear American Airlines
by Jonathan Miles

Stuck in O'Hare airport on the way to his daughter's wedding, Ben Ford is reduced to writing a letter to the airline demanding he be refunded and immediately rerouted. What starts as an outraged letter becomes an autobiography that is at turns funny, sad, overwhelming and redemptive. The language is enough to keep you entertained during several holdovers.

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Dear American Airlines
Jonathan Miles

Stuck in O'Hare airport on the way to his daughter's wedding, Ben Ford is reduced to writing a letter to the airline demanding he be refunded and immediately rerouted. What starts as an outraged letter becomes an autobiography that is at turns funny, sad, overwhelming and redemptive. The language is enough to keep you entertained during several holdovers.

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The Complete Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook
by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht

Though we think being trapped in a bookstore is kind of the BEST case scenario, perhaps the Waterstones Texan should have read this book to learn how to build a shelter, forage for food, fend off wild animals..... The worst of the worst, all in one place! This deluxe desk reference includes a hardbound volume of the most popular scenarios from all 11 Worst-Case Scenario handbooks. Avoid the perils of mountain lions and blind dates, avalanches and teenage driving lessons, runaway golf carts and Christmas turkeys on firea remedy for every crisis the worst-case experts have anticipated is now only a click away.

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The Complete Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook
Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht

Though we think being trapped in a bookstore is kind of the BEST case scenario, perhaps the Waterstones Texan should have read this book to learn how to build a shelter, forage for food, fend off wild animals..... The worst of the worst, all in one place! This deluxe desk reference includes a hardbound volume of the most popular scenarios from all 11 Worst-Case Scenario handbooks. Avoid the perils of mountain lions and blind dates, avalanches and teenage driving lessons, runaway golf carts and Christmas turkeys on firea remedy for every crisis the worst-case experts have anticipated is now only a click away.

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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
by Robin Sloan

Clay lands a job at a mysterious 24 hour bookstore with few customers and almost no book sales. What he discovers about the store and the owner and the world beyond makes this a page turner of a novel.

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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
Robin Sloan

Clay lands a job at a mysterious 24 hour bookstore with few customers and almost no book sales. What he discovers about the store and the owner and the world beyond makes this a page turner of a novel.

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Papillon
by Henri Charrière

Henri Charrière was imprisoned for a crime he did not commit and he spent years trying to escape until he was sent to the notorious Devil's Island - a place from which no one ever escaped. The basis for the brilliant film starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman this is a gut-wrenching story and Charrière's flight to freedom remains one of the most incredible feats of human cunning, will, and endurance ever undertaken.

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Papillon
Henri Charrière

Henri Charrière was imprisoned for a crime he did not commit and he spent years trying to escape until he was sent to the notorious Devil's Island - a place from which no one ever escaped. The basis for the brilliant film starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman this is a gut-wrenching story and Charrière's flight to freedom remains one of the most incredible feats of human cunning, will, and endurance ever undertaken.

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Catch Me If You Can
by Frank W. Abagnale

Frank W. Abagnale, alias Frank Williams, Robert Conrad, Frank Adams, and Robert Monjo, was one of the most daring con men, forgers, imposters, and escape artists in history. In his brief but notorious criminal career, Abagnale donned a pilot's uniform and copiloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital, practiced law without a license, passed himself off as a college sociology professor, and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks, all before he was twenty-one. The basis for the great Leo DiCaprio film, hopefully he's not flying your plane.

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Catch Me If You Can
Frank W. Abagnale

Frank W. Abagnale, alias Frank Williams, Robert Conrad, Frank Adams, and Robert Monjo, was one of the most daring con men, forgers, imposters, and escape artists in history. In his brief but notorious criminal career, Abagnale donned a pilot's uniform and copiloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital, practiced law without a license, passed himself off as a college sociology professor, and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks, all before he was twenty-one. The basis for the great Leo DiCaprio film, hopefully he's not flying your plane.

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Robinson Crusoe
by Daniel Defoe

The acclaimed tale of a shipwrecked Englishman who finds himself stranded on an island off the coast of South America, a story of survival, self-reliance, adventure, and faith. TGIF.

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Robinson Crusoe
Daniel Defoe

The acclaimed tale of a shipwrecked Englishman who finds himself stranded on an island off the coast of South America, a story of survival, self-reliance, adventure, and faith. TGIF.

Amazon logo Barnes & Noble logo iBooks logo Indiebound logo Bookshop logo

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Into the Wild
Jon Krakauer

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