Arrived just in time to take on vacation next week, two books from the ever gracious HarperCollins. I am very excited to read Simon Winchester's Atlantic.
Mental Floss, History of the United States, Erik Sass
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Harper (October 5, 2010)
List Price: $24.99
Amazon Rating: 4.5 stars
Goodreads Rating: 3.57 stars
From the Product Description:
Smarter than a history teacher, funnier than the Founding Fathers, and more American than Alaska, an almost (but not entirely) comprehensive primer on American history (or at least, the good stuff).
In trademark smart aleck style, this is history according to mental_floss, an insightfully accurate and incisively humorous exploration of little-known truths and widely believed falsehoods, which simultaneously exposes some of America's oddest moments, strangest citizens, most egregious frauds, and much, much more.
Atlantic, Simon Winchester
Hardcover: 512 pages
Publisher: Harper (November 2, 2010)
List Price: $27.99
Amazon Rating: 3.5 stars
Goodreads Rating: 4.33 stars
From the Product Description:
Blending history and anecdote, geography and reminiscence, science and exposition, the New York Times bestselling author of Krakatoa tells the breathtaking saga of the magnificent Atlantic Ocean, setting it against the backdrop of mankind's intellectual evolution.
Until a thousand years ago, no humans ventured into the Atlantic or imagined traversing its vast infinity. But once the first daring mariners successfully navigated to far shores—whether it was the Vikings, the Irish, the Chinese, Christopher Columbus in the north, or the Portuguese and the Spanish in the south—the Atlantic evolved in the world's growing consciousness of itself as an enclosed body of water bounded by the Americas to the West, and by Europe and Africa to the East. Atlantic is a biography of this immense space, of a sea which has defined and determined so much about the lives of the millions who live beside or near its tens of thousands of miles of coast.
Signed first editions of Atlantic are listing from $40-$110, so if you are in the following areas, you may want to catch Winchester's Book Tour and get an autographed copy:
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11, CAMBRIDGE, MA
Porter Square Books @ 7:00pm, 25 White St.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12, SAN FRANCISCO
Bookshop West Portal @ 7:00pm, 80 W. Portal Ave.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14, LAFAYETTE, CA
Commonwealth Club, The Acalanes Performing Arts Center
@ 3:00pm, 1200 Pleasant Hill Rd.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, SAN FRANCISCO
Mechanics Institute @ 12:30pm, 57 Post St.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, MENLO PARK, CA
Kepler’s Books @ 7:00pm, 1010 El Camino, Ste. 200
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, CORTE MADERA, CA
Book Passage @ 1:00pm, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, SAN FRANCISCO
National Geographic Expedition, The Herbst Theater
@ 6:00pm, 401 Van Ness Ave.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, SEATTLE
University Bookstore, Town Hall @ 7:30pm, 1119 8th Ave.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, LOS ANGELES
Live Talks Los Angeles @ Track 16 Gallery, Bergaamot Station @ 8:00pm, 2525 Michigan Ave., Bldg. C-1
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, DENVER
Tattered Cover Bookstore
9315 Dorchester St.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22, MIAMI
Miami Book Fair International
Miami Dade College
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2, MILLBROOK, NY
Merritt Books @ The Cary Institute
@ 7:00pm, 2801 Sharon Turnpike Rd. (Route 44)
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, SHEFFIELD, MA
Sheffield Library @ 6:00pm, 48 S. Main St.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5, HILLSDALE, NY
Hillsdale Public Library @ 2:00pm, 9091 Route 22
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, NEW YORK
Society Library @ 6:30pm, 53 E. 79th St.
Labels: Atlantic, Erik Sass, In the Post, Mental Floss, Simon Winchester, Zero History