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Original Essays | September 30, 2014

Brian Doyle: IMG The Rude Burl of Our Masks

One day when I was 12 years old and setting off on my newspaper route after school my mom said will you stop at the doctor's and pick up something... Continue »
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    Children and Other Wild Animals

    Brian Doyle 9780870717543

Further Recommendations

After finishing a great book, sometimes it's hard to know where to turn next. Let us help. Each of our "further recommendations" pages provides knowledgeable suggestions, hand-picked by our staff, to satisfy your hunger for more great reading.


The Perfect Storm
The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger

The Hungry OceanThe Hungry Ocean by Linda Greenlaw
In The Perfect Storm, Sebastian Junger describes Linda Greenlaw as "one of the best sea captains, period, on the East Coast." Junger's book was such a hit that the publisher commissioned Greenlaw to write her own book. The result, this well-written, fascinating account of her work at sea, surprised and delighted critics and became a New York Times Bestseller. Greenlaw, by becoming one of the best captains in her industry, has already acheived immeasurable success. She can now add The Hungry Ocean to her accomplishments.

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible VoyageEndurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
Alfred Lansing's Endurance is not only the best of the many books about Shackleton's famous 1915 expedition across the Antarctic, it is one of the best – and most popular – adventure books ever written. Once Shackleton's ship, The Endurance, was trapped in the ice flows (and eventually crushed), his crew endured months of terror and depravation on a drifting ice pack. Eventually they escaped on one of the ship's lifeboats – and Shackleton brought them to safety without the loss of a single life. This is one of the most terrifying and riveting stories ever put to paper. Recommended by Jo

Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson
All obvious storm connections aside, Erik Larson's novel places historical context around the deadliest hurricane in history. Isaac's Storm is named for Isaac Cline, an early 20th century scientist who epitomized America's overconfidence in its ability to predict the weather. The gripping tale is both a report of arrogant misunderstanding and dreadful consequence— and a warning against underestimating nature's power to destroy.


Into Thin AirInto Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
Published at roughly the same time, Into Thin Air and The Perfect Storm were each enormously popular accounts of harrowing natural events, together topping bestseller lists for months on end and making 1999 one of the most successful years on record for adventure stories. Krakauer's book is his personal story of a disastrous attempt to climb Mt. Everest. Into Thin Air made celebrities, reluctant or otherwise, of all surviving members of the expedition, and inspired a slew of books, documentaries, and films.


The His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman
The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank
Hannibal by Thomas Harris
The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson


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