By: Hampton Sides
In 1879, the U.S.S. Jeannette set sail from San Francisco with a mission to reach the North Pole. Theories that a warm, open polar sea existed were soon put to rest by the captain and crew. After two years stuck in the ice pack, the Jeannette was finally crushed and sunk within an hour. What followed was an extraordinary quest for survival. The crew was divided into three smaller boats with instructions to reach the coast of Siberia. The boats were separated in a gale. One landed safely close to a settlement where food and shelter were available. A second boat landed far from civilization. As winter approached and the condition of the crew deteriorated, the two strongest were sent to look for help. This is a captivating account of both bravery and foolhardiness during the last part of the 19th century.
By: Christopher S. Stewart
Freelance writer Stewart, suffering from boredom and restlessness, undertakes a trip to Honduras in search of the legendary Ciudad Blanca. His voyage mirrors that of 1940's explorer Theodore Morde who also sought the fabled city. Honduras is in the grip of a coup and travel is dangerous. Stewart and his traveling companions encounter both shady characters and generous locals who try to help them. They discover ruins that suggest large cities once flourished in the nearly impassable jungle. Readers who are fans of travelogues will enjoy this well-written book.
By: Graeme Simsion
In this sequel to The Rosie Project Don and Rosie have moved to New York after getting married. Rosie is busy writing her dissertation at Columbia when she discovers she is pregnant. After Don recovers from his shock, he begins the Baby Project, analyzing, researching, and planning for the new arrival. An overwhelmed Rosie begins to wonder if Don is up to being a father. This sequel is just as delightful as the first book. The audio version is wonderful.
By: Jamie Ford
Twelve-year-old Chinese American William lives in Seattle's Sacred Heart Orphanage during the Great Depression. He becomes convinced that his mother is Willow Frost, a minor movie star. After running away from the orphanage, William manages to track Willow down. The story alternates between William's narrative and that of Willow's during the 1920's. Author Jamie Ford does an excellent job of capturing Chinese American culture at the early part of the twentieth century in this captivating novel.
By: Paula Hawkins
Rachel, who travels by train to work every day, has studied the route and its surroundings like a scientist. One day, something troublesome catches her eye. When a young woman goes missing, Rachel believes that she has important information for the police. Unfortunately, no one will take her seriously. Rachel struggles to piece together the mystery of the missing woman. Readers will enjoy the many twists and turns of this suspenseful novel.