Felicity Aston, a British physicist, meteorologist, and polar explorer set out to do what only two people have done before, except she would forego the parasails and kites that helped those Norwegians along.
Have you heard? YA books are so hot right now. Sure, you’ve plowed through Harry Potter, and The Hunger Games, The Fault in Our Stars, and Divergent, but by no means should you stop there. Here are fifty-six stellar stories that will captivate audiences well over the age of 18.
On her quest, Christine Kenneally covered mindboggling ground on Earth – from Tasmania to Iceland -- and also in her pages. The result are human stories that promise to grip the reader, crank their brains, and ache their hearts.
Largely based on the format of a how-to book she stumbled on at a thrift shop, Dunham’s essays in Not That Kind of Girl offer unexpected wisdom. The most impactful stories delve into what-not-to-dos, rather than to-dos. In an email to a once-boyfriend, Dunham wrote, “I’m sorry not to you, but in a deeper way, sorry for my brain chemistry and who I am.” There is humor in her revelations, but also the tragedy of a girl in all of her ferocity, denying her power.
In My Accidental Jihad, we are introduced to the author when she is a twenty-something who took a job at a Planned Parenthood clinic in California, which not only allowed her to put into practice her passion for women’s rights but also allowed her to surf.
So the question arises – what is it about books like this that make us want to strap on our boots and find ourselves? Is it the desire to not only survive the way our ancestors did but gain considerable self-awareness after completing a similar journey? Is it an innate longing to get out of the day-to-day and do something we can talk about for the rest of our lives? Or is it just the simple idea of being completely enveloped in the alluring wild without protection of the modern world?
Spanning a short 192 pages, Angelou tells snippets of her life in a series of 28 essays and poems. Angelou was 81 years-old when when Letter to My Daughter was published. Her life experiences shine in this collection dedicated to “the thousands of daughters” that she has all around the world.