16 January 2009

Friday Finds: Jan. 16

I post all my weekly discoveries on Sundays, but I like to highlight one or two books for this meme. For other Friday Finds, please click on over to Should Be Reading.

The Mapmaker's Wife: A True Tale of Love, Murder, and Survival in the Amazon by Robert Whitaker was recommended by my local library. Here's the publisher's summary:

"The year is 1735. A decade-long expedition to South America is launched by a team of French scientists racing to measure the circumference of the earth and to reveal the mysteries of a little-known continent to a world hungry for discovery and knowledge. From this extraordinary journey arose an unlikely love between one scientist and a beautiful Peruvian noblewoman. Victims of a tangled web of international politics, Jean Godin and Isabel Gramesón’s destiny would ultimately unfold in the Amazon’s unforgiving jungles, and it would be Isabel’s quest to reunite with Jean after a calamitous twenty-year separation that would capture the imagination of all of eighteenth-century Europe. A remarkable testament to human endurance, female resourcefulness, and enduring love, Isabel Gramesón’s survival remains unprecedented in the annals of Amazon exploration."


bermudaonion 1/16/09, 8:30 AM  

That sounds right up your alley!

Sandy Nawrot 1/16/09, 9:58 AM  

It sounds like there is a little bit of something for everyone!

Robin of My Two Blessings 1/16/09, 10:58 AM  

Sounds very interesting. Thanks


splummer 1/16/09, 11:11 AM  

Another book to add to my TBR list. Sounds fascinating! Have a great day!!


Kim 1/16/09, 11:16 PM  

This one sounds gripping! Have a great weekend.

mattviews 1/17/09, 4:59 PM  

The exotic landscape alone is enough to get me hooked!

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