Friday, July 12, 2013

The Reader's Shelf


From Library Journal

Could you show me on a map?



Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks
Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks
By Jennings, Ken
2012-04 - Scribner Book Company
9781439167182 Check Our Catalog

New York Times bestselling author and Jeopardy! legend Ken Jennings explores the world of maps and map obsessives. …More


Maiden Voyage
Maiden Voyage
By Aebi, Tania
With Brennan, Bernadette
1996-09 - Ballantine Books
9780345410122 Check Our Catalog

Tania Aebe was an eighteen-year-old dropout and barfly. She was going nowhere until her father offered her a challenge. He would offer her either a college education or a twenty-six-foot sloop in which she had to sail around the world alone. She chose the boat and for two years it was her home, as she negotiated weather, illness, fear, and ultimately, a spiritual quest that brought her home to herself....
"From the Paperback edition. …More


Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
By Sobel, Dava
2007-10 - Walker & Company
9780802715296 Check Our Catalog

Sobel presents the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest and of John Harrison's 40-year obsession with building the perfect timekeeper, known today as the chronometer. …More


The Scale of Maps
The Scale of Maps
By Gopegui, Belen
Translator Schafer, Mark
2011-01 - City Lights Books
9780872865105 Check Our Catalog

A novel and its protagonist create one another, in a tale strung between the work of Cervantes and Nabokov. …More


The Islanders
The Islanders
By Priest, Christopher
2012-01 - Gollancz
9780575078192 Check Our Catalog

British novelist Priest (The Prestige) creates a mind-bending, head-scratching book (already much lauded in the U.K.) that pretends to be a gazetteer of the Dream Archipelago, uncountable islands spread around a world whose temporal and spatial anomalies make such a project futile. …More


Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Never Set Foot on and Never Will
Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Never Set Foot on and Never Will
By Schalansky, Judith
Translator Lo, Christine
2010-10 - Penguin Books
9780143118206 Check Our Catalog

Visually stunning and uniquely designed, this wondrous book captures 50 islands that are far away in every sense--from the mainland, from people, from airports, and from holiday brochures. …More


On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks
On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks
By Garfield, Simon
2012-12 - Gotham Books
9781592407798 Check Our Catalog BookPage Notable Title

Cartography enthusiasts rejoice: the bestselling author of "Just My Type" reveals the fascinating relationship between man and map. From the early explorers' maps and the awe-inspiring medieval Mappa Mundi to Google Maps and the satellite renderings on our smartphones, Garfield explores the unique way that maps relate and realign our history. …More