Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: Joshua Hammer


Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu with its unique title reveals the struggle and importance of preserving  the ancient transcripts of an old and threatened culture. The scheming and actions taken to hide the valuable documents makes for a good non-fiction read of intriguing content.



Genre: Cultural Heritage, history

The Lost City of Z: David Grann

If you grew up as I did, watching Saturday matinees like King Solomon’s Mines, The Lost World, and Journey to the Center of the Earth, then you will love David Grann’s Lost City of Z. In it he tells the story of one of the last great Victorian explorers, Col. Percy Harrison Fawcett. Sponsored by Britain’s Royal Geographical Society, Fawcett set out to locate an ancient civilization in the remote reaches of the Amazon. For more than 20 years he explored, fighting piranhas, electric eels, jaguars, vampire bats and anacondas as he searched the Amazon– an area around the size of the United States — in the hopes of discovering the ruins of a city with highly advanced art and culture. He called it the City of Z.  Grann writes this factual account with skill and passion- you will get swept up in the adventure, and invested in the outcome.

Soon to be released as a movie- I cannot wait to see how it has translated onto the big screen. Saturday matinees are back!




Genre: adventure, archaeology, exploration, history