This month we're reading Alone on the Ice, the story of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1913 and its leader, Douglas Mawson.
With the Expedition looking to survey the portion of Antarctica closest to Australia, Mawson and two members of his team set out on a mapping trip. Following an accident that claimed one man, several sled dogs, and most of their supplies, Mawson fought the elements, his fellow survivor, and crippling injuries to return to his base. There he discovered that their supply ship had just left. Mawson's story is as compelling as those of Ernest Shackleton, Roald Amundsen, and Robert Scott, but less well-known. David Roberts' "intense and thrilling epic" (Booklist) puts him in his deserved place among those icons of endurance and exploration.
Real People/Real Stories looks for those “truth is stranger than fiction” stories. From lesser-known events in history to biographies of the famous and infamous, and from accessible science and nature writing to the arts, librarians will select outstanding titles guaranteed to take you into real places. We meet the 3rd Thursday of each month at the Stryker Center, starting at 2 pm. Williamsburg Regional Library will provide titles beginning July 18. If you can't find a copy on the shelves, check with the Adult Services reference desk to find out how to get yours.
Questions? Check with the Adult Services department at 757.259.4050.