An Island to Oneself: The Story of Six Years on a Desert Island by Tom Neale (1966)
This real-life Robinson Crusoe faced the fear and felt the beauty of solitude on the island of Suvarov. A must-read for anyone who has ever dreamed of running away from modern life to an island paradise.
Blue Latitudes by Tony Horwitz (2002)
"Boldly going where Captain Cook has gone before," the Pulitzer Prize-winning author sets out to work as a sailor on a replica of Cook's ship. An entertaining tale of history, romance and adventure follows.