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Just in time for the Holidays, Simon Winchester's newest book Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories has been released. Winchester has given us some of the most dramatic, well written, and fact-filled works of non-fiction over the years and this one ranks with the best. This could be just the thing for the non-fiction lover on your list.
More for the Nonfiction Buff
Or, if oceans aren't quite the thing, how about Krakatoa: the Day the World Exploded on an audio book? Winchester tells a story every bit as well as he writes one. This one may leave you with some "driveway moments" if you listen to CD books in your car.
An Older, Still Fascinating, Work
My first enounter with Winchester was The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary. I came away from that convinced that in a pinch Winchester could compile the entire Dictionary by himself and from then on was on the lookout for more of his work.
So, if someone you know loves good stories, great writing, and more facts than many minds can wrap themselves around--this is the author to consider.
Joe Toschik is a Half Moon Bay librarian who has lived and worked on the Coast for about 17 years. A former Air Force meteorologist, he is still a weather nut. His hobbies include photography and walking the Coastal Trail and his favorite quote right now is as follows: "Dream no small dreams, for they have no power to move the hearts of men." --Goethe