Article by Jeremy


Walkabout is a custom amongst young Aboriginal men in Australia. It symbolizes the transition from childhood to adulthood. Men journey out into the unforgiving wilderness and follow traditional paths that commemorate the travels and great deeds of their ancestors. Walkabout is a period of time meant to be spent outside of contact with the mundane world, to get in touch with ones' heritage and purpose.

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Between Man and Beast: An Unlikely Explorer, the Evolution Debates, and the African Adventure That Took the Victorian World by Storm Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385534222
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Doubleday Books - March 12th, 2013

Paul Du Chaillu was a young explorer in the mid-19th century who ventured into the jungles of West Africa to confirm the existence of a heretofore mythical beast: the gorilla. Chaillu braved the wilderness and succeeded in his quest, only to face an even more formidable challenge upon his return: the fear and censure of a public unable to accept the increasingly undeniable evidence for evolution. Another science/history hybrid that has a good dose of adventure mixed in.

The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards Cover Image
ISBN: 9780670026005
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Viking Books - March 21st, 2013

The narrator of this novel is described in the publisher copy as 'hopelessly unreliable yet hopelessly earnest', and of course he is - he's a writer. The narrator travels across the world and works many years to understand himself as a writer, even as he seems to be thwarted at every turn by a former classmate who has had more literary success than he has. Of course, there's also a beautiful woman embroiled in their rivalry. This is a hotly anticipated debut novel by a young author on the rise.

Children of the Days: A Calendar of Human History Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9781568587479
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: Nation Books - April 30th, 2013

Galeano is one of Latin America's most distinguished writers, but he's not well known in the States. This undefinable book is organized like a medieval book of days, but instead of detailing the saints celebrated on each date, Galeano provides a short biography of forgotten heroes who have stood up for humanity, love, dignity, and freedom. This is one of those books that I think almost anyone would love if they sat down and looked at it - and it's written in a very literary style that should appeal to fiction readers as well.

Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345527264
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Ballantine Books - February 26th, 2013

This quirky history tells the truth story of two very different Victorian female journalists who raced each other around the world. They were both determined to beat Jules Verne's famous eighty day record - and each other. While this book tells the story of their simultaneous adventures, it also provides great commentary on Victorian womanhood, early feminism, and the 19th century imagination. Great for feminists, travel lit connoisseurs, and those interested in the Victorian era.

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