But the truth is, most of them I probably would not pick up and read if it wasn't a selection decided upon by the "Book Group". It's one of my favorite aspects of belonging to a book group . . . that everyone has such different taste in reading adventures, and it's a great experience to find a good book you wouldn't normally have read.
That's how I feel especially about our book for the month of February.
It actually appears to be kind of a long and difficult read . . .
by Candice Millard
And it is 432 pages. I have been postponing beginning the read . . . I was feeling a little intimidated by the subject and length of the book.
It's described as -
At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt’s harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.
The River of Doubt—it is a black, uncharted tributary of the Amazon that snakes through one of the most treacherous jungles in the world. Indians armed with poison-tipped arrows haunt its shadows; piranhas glide through its waters; boulder-strewn rapids turn the river into a roiling cauldron.
After his humiliating election defeat in 1912, Roosevelt set his sights on the most punishing physical challenge he could find, the first descent of an unmapped, rapids-choked tributary of the Amazon. Together with his son Kermit and Brazil’s most famous explorer, Cândido Mariano da Silva Rondon, Roosevelt accomplished a feat so great that many at the time refused to believe it. In the process, he changed the map of the western hemisphere forever.
AND NOW -
That I"ve started it . . . I can't put it down . . . it really is the most interesting story and it grabbed my attention right from the very beginning. I'm finding it very inspiring and sparked my interest in Theodore Roosevelt . . . someone whom I previously hadn't found very interesting (shame on me!).
So if you're like me . . . and hesitate to jump into something outside your favorite genre. I'm going to suggest you give this one a try . . . I highly recommend it!
You can see all the book on our 2012 - 2013 schedule at this blog post!