Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Travel & Seafaring

Following are the most popular travel and seafaring books since July in order.

Dogtown : Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town

by Elyssa East

The area known as Dogtown is a 2000 acre woodland in Gloucester Massachusetts. Its history includes tales of murder, witches, supernatural sightings, pirates and the many dogs Revolutionary War widows kept for protection and for which the area was named.

Seized : A Sea Captain's Adventures Battling Scoundrels and Pirates While Recovering Stolen Ships in the World's Most Troubled Waters

by Max Hardberger

"Seized" throws open the hatch on the shadowy maritime world, where third-world governments place exorbitant liens against ships, pirates seize commercial vessels with impunity--and hapless owners have to rely on sea captain Hardberger for justice.

Deadliest Sea : The Untold Story Behind the Greatest Rescue in Coast Guar
d History

Kalee Thompson

Commercial fishing is the most dangerous job in the United States, with a death rate 36 times higher than for all other US workers. Veteran journalist Thompson offers a fascinating look at the Alaskan fishing industry in this book-length
account of the March 23, 2008 sinking of the Alaska Ranger fishing trawler in the frigid Bering Sea, and the Coast Guard's dramatic rescue.

The Spartacus Road: a journey though ancient Italy

Peter Stothard

As he travels along the Spartacus road, Stothard breathes new life into the story of Spartacus and the greatest slave war in antiquity. Stothard retraces the journey taken by Spartacus and his army of rebels, taking us back to an ancient world which confronted similar issues to those we face today--the perils of religious belief; the comfort of organized religion; the virtues of public life. He tells it, definitively, for our time.

Educating Alice : Adventures of a Curious Woman

by Alice Steinbach

This time she roamed the world, taking lessons and courses in such things as Fre
nch cooking in Paris, Border collie training in Scotland, traditional Japanese arts in Kyoto, and architecture and art in Havana. With warmth and wit, Steinbach guides us through the pleasures and perils of discovering how to be a student again. She also learns the true value of this second chance at educating herself: the opportunity to connect with and learn from the people she meets along the way.


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