Book 5; Continent: Australia

In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson 352 pages (roughly 35 pages of Notes and Bibliography) Engaging and informal, read this one at home if laughing out loud in public embarrasses you Thanks to Andrea for her suggestion of this book I’ve been blocked on how to write about Bill Bryson’s book about traveling throughout […]

Book 4; Continent: Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas

1493 by Charles C. Mann 509 pages (690 with Appendices, Notes and Index) Engaging enough to read even while on the bus or subway; Chapters are long but have reasonable subdivisions. This is the book I’d been putting off until my next transcontinental flights. Five hundred pages seemed like a lot to tackle without those […]

Book 3; Continent: Europe

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt 356 pages (263 without Acknowledgments, Notes or Index) Manageable chapter lengths for a cup of coffee, but not a great read for bus or train commute because the content is honestly not as interesting as people-watching Well, I had said I wasn’t going to write […]

Another Favorite from 2012

River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Camilla Millard 416 pages (353 pages excluding Notes) Organized into short, cup-of-coffee length sections within chapters so the reader can sneak in a few minutes with the book at a time Reading Martin Dugard’s Into Africa put me in mind of this book from last year. The […]

Book 2; Continent: Africa, Europe

Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone by Martin Dugard 340 pages (316 pages without the Notes and Index) Beautifully paced narrative features short sections and chapters, just right for your stopover at a coffeehouse or a quick read on your lunch break I never knew to whom the famous sentence “Dr. Livingstone, […]