Ice Diaries: An Antarctic Memoir - Jean McNeil

McNeil starts her achingly beautiful memoir of Antarctica with a glossary. But for all the definitions of frazile ice, sastrugi, and katabatic winds, the bottom of the world remains unfathomably otherworldly. By turns enchanting and terrifying, the Antarctic is “a utopia, an apocryphal vision, a conundrum. A hoax.” McNeil spent a summer there with the British Antarctic Survey, the only writer (and one of the few women) among the scientists. The closed community, extreme cold, and loss of time itself, with no sunsets to mark days from nights, pushed her to question everything she believed. It also ignited language as haunting as the aurora australis itself.

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$24.95
ISBN: 9781770413184
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Published: ECW Press - March 1st, 2016

Atlas of Cursed Places: A Travel Guide to Dangerous and Frightful Destinations - Olivier Le Carrer

Reading the Atlas of Cursed Places (Black Dog & Leventhal, $24.99), by inveterate sailor, cartographer,  and journalist Olivier Le Carrer, makes you feel like you’ve stumbled on a secret, ancient tome that chronicles the world’s haunted regions. Readers might expect entries based on places’ connections to supernatural phenomena or some enduring dark myth.  But Le Carrer has a broader view of “cursed places” and presents those whose habitability is threatened by both natural events and human activities.  Thanks to this expansiveness, Le Carrer takes readers to places both predicable and surprising; each entry serves as a window to a region whose difficulties are at once astonishing, riveting, and intriguing. Another great joy of this atlas is its sheer beauty as an object; the insightful profiles are complemented by intricate illustrations, including detailed reproductions of old maps. Get ready for your next misadventure!

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781631910005
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - October 6th, 2015

Pocket Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Not Visited and Never Will - Judith Schalansky

Growing up behind the East German Iron Curtain and prohibited from traveling, Schalansky, now a designer and novelist, subsisted on maps, and looked to islands for a paradise to counter her gray reality. But, noting that “paradise may be beautiful, but it is not interesting,” she found something far better, and her Atlas—the petite version of an award-winning larger format—takes readers around the world to fifty different islands, with populations ranging from thousands to zero. Schalansky’s factual approach leaves room for elegant drawings and brief narratives of each island’s singular events and personages. If her postcards often highlight grim ends or shocking discoveries, so deft is her touch that her very lack of sentimentality only enhances the allure of these forbidding scraps of land.
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By Judith Schalansky, Christine Lo (Translated by)
$30.00
ISBN: 9780143126676
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Published: Penguin Books - November 12th, 2014

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