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Author Archive: "Michal D."

Into Thin Air

A deadly storm striking tragedy on unsuspecting climbers isn't subject matter I would typically expect to inspire adventure. Yet Jon Krakauer's riveting account of a disastrous 1999 ascent of Mt. Everest did just that. At its heart, this outstanding book thrillingly recounts an ill-fated and deadly climb. But the remarkable reportage also captures the striking landscape of the Himalayas, and the excitement of the sport of climbing — two compelling seeds for adventure. While I didn't attempt to bag any mountain peaks, Krakauer's tale led me to trek the Annapurnas to personally experience the adventure and beauty of the region.

Dead Wake

Spiked with suspense that builds toward inevitable disaster, this gripping story of the ill-fated luxury liner, Lusitania, demonstrates once again Larson's unparalleled skill at narrative history. For all of us who waited in anticipation of his next book, Dead Wake does not disappoint.

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

Perceptive and surprising, Gladwell's new book illuminates the concepts of obstacles and adversity through moving and provocative stories. Demonstrating the unexpected or overlooked advantages to being disadvantaged, Gladwell once again offers an engaging and enlightening reinterpretation of a common perception.

Hemingway’s Boat

I recently started the unique biography Hemingway's Boat, which explores the mind and passions of the legendary author. Beautifully written, it reads with great promise.

A Renegade History of the United States

In this surprising and wickedly entertaining work of history, Russell presents us with a provocative look at a cast of unrecognized American heroes, the prostitutes, rebels, rascals, and hippies, who led us toward the rights and freedoms that Americans now hold dear.

Johannes Cabal the Detective

In this fiendish and funny fantasy, detective and necromancer, Johannes Cabal, returns to face another murder and becomes embroiled in more diabolical intrigue than it appears he can handle.

The Last Werewolf

Wow! This smart, sexy, and wholly original werewolf tale is a knockout.

The Disappearing Spoon

Sam Kean proves that chemistry makes for great storytelling with this entertaining look at the human stories behind the elements found in the periodic table. A delightful history of science, The Disappearing Spoon makes for both an engaging and enlightening read.

Citrus County

John Brandon's dazzling and dark novel quickly draws you inside a world of characters that both repel and intrigue. Coupled with his rich imagination and wit, Citrus County is an entertaining and admirable read.

The Snowman

If you're making a list of hot Nordic mysteries, Nesbø's Harry Hole series should be among the top. Perfectly paced, this ambitious and gripping thriller is impossible to put down.

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