Sarah Moss - Names for the Sea

Names for the Sea is a vivid and honest read about Sarah Moss’s family’s one year stay in post-kreppa (crisis) Iceland. With two children, Sarah learns to make ends meet in a society that does not deal in secondhand goods. She walks and cycles on roads that are not made for pedestrians. The family lives in a habitable but abandoned development. She meets and talks with people who rarely have much experience interacting with strangers. Moss is an astute observer of the tiny Icelandic society, and Names for the Sea is a candid account of her year in Iceland that will make you want to buy a plane ticket and travel to Iceland immediately after turning the last page.
Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland By Sarah Moss Cover Image
ISBN: 9781619021228
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Counterpoint - May 14th, 2013

The Old Ways - Robert Macfarlane

Welcome to the world of shielings, orthliths, and zawns. In the third chronicle of his travels, the mountaineer and prodigious walker Robert Macfarlane introduces The Old Ways (Viking, $27.95) of Britain, its coastal islands, and the water routes in between. Traversing a variety of drove roads, pilgrim paths, and green lanes, some so old and half-forgotten that they’re more legend than passage, Macfarlane meditates on a past that kept our species in motion around fields and shores; he calls this work “biogeography” and traces the reciprocal shaping of landscape and human practices. But if his rigorous hikes and sea voyages in a tiny, century-old craft give him a taste of previous eras, they also root him firmly in the here-and-now. As he describes the sounds, smells, and sheer spectacle of being awakened by skylarks before dawn or watching the sunset shatter in a set of bog pools, he offers some of the crispest, most immediate nature writing around.

The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot (Landscapes #3) By Robert Macfarlane Cover Image
ISBN: 9780147509796
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Published: Penguin Books - September 24th, 2013

Maphead - Ken Jennings

Can you name the capital of imperial Vietnam? This was a question in a recent National Geographic Bee, an annual event that challenges the downward trend in U.S. geographical literacy. These are just a few of the facts collected by Ken Jennings, a life-long Maphead (Scribner, $15), in his exuberant look at all things cartographic. As you would expect from a record-holding Jeapordy! champion, Jennings is well-supplied with trivia. He’s a perfect guide to a subject as diverse as geography; the “ultimate interdisciplinary study,” geography encompasses language, history, biology, public health, urban planning, and, of course, maps. Jennings offers paeans to the early cartographers, working without GPS, and he revels in GPS-enabled games, becoming an avid geocacher. He visits people who travel by checklist, collecting countries, elevations, and even Starbucks shops, then goes on his own road-atlas rally, an exercise that involves staying home. Throughout, he demonstrates how vital a tool a map is, while also savoring it as “a beautiful system in and of itself.”
Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks By Ken Jennings Cover Image
ISBN: 9781439167182
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Published: Scribner - April 17th, 2012