–> The Frozen Ship: The Histories and Tales of Polar Exploration by Sarah Moss
This book is a chronicle of journeys–from the Vikings to such adventurers as Byrd, Amundsen, Scott, Peary, and Shackleton–to the Arctic and the Antarctic. Moss also relates the adventures of little-known explorers, missionaries, and archaeologists from Europe and North America. The book, Moss writes, is primarily concerned with ways of imagining the polar region as alien and remote but also covers the Arctic as part of Canada’s present and future national identity.” Moss delves into such topics as medieval Norse sagas, women explorers, arctic imagery in English poetry and novels (there is much here about the literature of polar travel), and descriptions of indigenous communities. This remarkable book offers the most vivid account yet of polar exploration.
–> The Maxims of Manhood: 100 Rules Every Real Man Must Live By by Jeff Wilser
Your dog must be larger than a toaster. Tip well. Never use the word “blossom.” Outperform the GPS. Know how to chug a beer (and know that you shouldn’t). Always hold the door. Never use emoticons.
These are The Maxims of Manhood. They cover every aspect of life: women, sports, sex, the office, family, entertainment, fashion, fitness, and more women. Some of these you’d expect. Some you wouldn’t, as they usher in a modern code of masculinity (Your favorite book may not be The Da Vinci Code). In a series of 100 essays, the rules are analyzed, explained, vigorously defended and openly mocked. Every rule has an authorized exception. Except the ones that don’t.
This book might not be for you. It’s only intended for people who fall into one of these seven buckets: 1) you are a man; 2) you will become a man; 3) you were once a man; 4) you are related to a man; 5) you are dating or have married a man; 6) you think that in the future, perhaps, you will date or marry a man; 7) you know, or think that at some point you will know–whether casually or formally–a man.
–> The Islamist by Ed Husain
The true story of one man’s journey to Islamic fundamentalism and back
Raised in a devout but quiet Muslim community in London, at sixteen Ed Husain was presented with an intriguing political interpretation of Islam known as fundamentalism. Lured by these ideas, he committed his life to them. Five years later, he rejected extremism and tried to return to a normal life. But soon he realized that Islamic fundamentalists pose a threat that most people-Muslim and non- Muslim alike-simply don’t understand.
Based on first-hand experiences and written with pervasive clarity, The Islamist delivers a rare inside glimpse of the devious methods used to recruit new members, and offers profound insight into the appeal fundamentalism has for young Muslims in the Western world.