Archive for December, 2011

Wish you could book a seat on the next flight to Mt. Everest, but don’t want to miss your favorite shows on TV? We’ve got tons of adventure books at the Library that might satisfy your wanderlust without ever leaving your couch. Here’s just a few:

In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin In Patagonia
by Bruce Chatwin
918.27 CHA
Bruce Chatwin’s account of his journey through “the uttermost part of the earth,” that stretch of land at the southern tip of South America, where bandits were once made welcome and Charles Darwin formed part of his “survival of the fittest” theory.
Amazon Extreme by Colin Angus Amazon Extreme
by Colin Angus
918.11 ANG
The true story of three enthusiastic (but inexperienced) adventurers who attempt to become the first team to raft all 4,007 miles of the Amazon River and (barely) live to tell about it.
Lost City of Z by David Grann The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
by David Grann
918.1 GRA
After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, acclaimed New Yorker writer Grann set out to solve “the greatest exploration mystery of the 20th century”: what happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett and his quest for the Lost City of Z?

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You May Have Missed…

The Eloquence of Blood by Judith Rock

The Eloquence of Blood by Judith RockIf you’re looking for another historical fiction series to delve into, take a look at Judith Rock’s latest, The Eloquence of Blood. Set in 17th century Paris, a young woman named Martine is murdered when she tries to prove that she is the rightful heir to a fortune that would otherwise bolster the coffers of the financially-strapped Louis de Grand school. Library Journal says it’s “a necessary read for all who enjoy historical mysteries.”

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2011 Book Picks

With the end of the year drawing near, the  “Best Books” lists from various media are popping up everywhere with opinions on what to read from the 2011 offerings. Here are just a few lists to help you sort through the best of the 300,000 some traditionally-published books this year:

New York Times 10 Best Books


Publishers Weekly


Washington Post

Kirkus Reviews for Best Fiction and Non-Fiction

Barnes and Noble

Library Journal

Book Page

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