It’s summer. All kinds of summer reading lists are out. You see them at the bookstores, in the libraries, on the papers. I saw this interesting summer reading list on NPR website. It caught my attention because it claims to to be an “off-the-beaten-path” one—pun intended. Books about maps or related to maps.
Understories by Tom Horvath. Never heard of this author. It’s a collection of short stories.
Astoria | John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival by Peter Stark. This one sounds intriguing: In 1810, John Jacob Astor sent out two advance parties to settle the wild, unclaimed western coast of North America. More than half of his men died violent deaths. The others survived starvation, madness, and greed to shape the destiny of a continent.
The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larsen. I love maps and love exploring places beyond my comprehension. When twelve-year-old genius cartographer T.S. Spivet receives an unexpected phone call from the Smithsonian announcing he has won the prestigious Baird Award, life as normal-if you consider mapping family dinner table conversation normal-is interrupted and a wild cross-country adventure begins, taking T.S. from his family ranch just north of Divide, Montana, to the museum’s hallowed halls.
Into Thick Air: Biking to the Bellybutton of Six Continents by Jim Malusa. Sounds interesting not not my cup of tea. Not too into books that cover so many locales.
Death of a Unicorn by Peter Dickinson. British mystery. It has nothing to do with unicorns or fantasies. Worth a read by the pool.
The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove. Boston, 1891. Sophia Tims comes from a family of explorers and cartologers who, for generations, have been traveling and mapping the New World—a world changed by the Great Disruption of 1799, when all the continents were flung into different time periods.