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The White Darkness
The White Darkness | David Grann
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By the New York Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon, a powerful true story of adventure and obsession in the Antarctic, lavishly illustrated with color photographs Henry Worsley was a devoted husband and father and a decorated British special forces officer who believed in honor and sacrifice. He was also a man obsessed. He spent his life idolizing Ernest Shackleton, the nineteenth-century polar explorer, who tried to become the first person to reach the South Pole, and later sought to cross Antarctica on foot. Shackleton never completed his journeys, but he repeatedly rescued his men from certain death, and emerged as one of the greatest leaders in history. Worsley felt an overpowering connection to those expeditions. He was related to one of Shackleton's men, Frank Worsley, and spent a fortune collecting artifacts from their epic treks across the continent. He modeled his military command on Shackleton's legendary skills and was determined to measure his own powers of endurance against them. He would succeed where Shackleton had failed, in the most brutal landscape in the world. In 2008, Worsley set out across Antarctica with two other descendants of Shackleton's crew, battling the freezing, desolate landscape, life-threatening physical exhaustion, and hidden crevasses. Yet when he returned home he felt compelled to go back. On November 2015, at age 55, Worsley bid farewell to his family and embarked on his most perilous quest: to walk across Antarctica alone. David Grann tells Worsley's remarkable story with the intensity and power that have led him to be called "simply the best narrative nonfiction writer working today." Illustrated with more than fifty stunning photographs from Worsley's and Shackleton's journeys, The White Darkness is both a gorgeous keepsake volume and a spellbinding story of courage, love, and a man pushing himself to the extremes of human capacity.
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Ncostell
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Despite being one who hates the cold, I am endlessly fascinated with tales of polar exploration for some reason. This is the story of Henry Worsley, a descendant of a notable crew member from Shackleton‘s expedition, who sets out to walk across Antarctica on his own. This is a short book with many stunning photographs from Shackleton‘s journey and Worsley‘s as well.

Bookboss Same! I hate the cold, but love books about Polar explorers! 4w
Ncostell @Bookboss That‘s the beauty of reading, I can read of their harrowing adventures while drinking tea under a cozy blanket! 4w
Bookzombie I really liked this one. 3w
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Soubhiville
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Our #LitsyATXReadersSociety topic for yesterday was Travel or books that focus on any region. One of the books I read was The White Darkness.

I‘m not sure why I love books that take place in Antarctica, I would never want to go there. Maybe it‘s the isolation, and the will one has to have to push through the world‘s most extreme environment.

This is very short and informative, a true story of one man‘s obsession and treks. A little dry though.

Zelma I also am drawn to books in Antarctica. Loved 5is one. So quiet and contemplative and small, yet packed a punch. Have you read Jerri Nielsen‘s memoir of living there as a physician and then having to operate on herself? 😱 4mo
Soubhiville @zelma I hadn‘t heard of that one yet, thanks for putting it on my radar! 4mo
Zelma @Soubhiville it‘s an older book but I remember find it quite interesting. 4mo
Bookzombie I really enjoyed this one. I even teared up at the end. 4mo
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Thanks for the tag @Crazeedi !
#wonderouswednesday on Thursday!

1️⃣ Goldfinch

2️⃣ To Kill a Mockingbird

3️⃣500+ wild guess!

4️⃣ The White Darkness by David Grann ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

5️⃣ @CareBear @mrozzz @Ncostell @bookish_wookish @BookwormAHN @DebbieGrillo consider yourselves tagged!

Eggs ❤️👏🏻📚🤗👏🏻 5mo
BookwormAHN Thanks for the tag 😺 5mo
Crazeedi 👍😉❤ 5mo
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DebinHawaii
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#24in48 #readathon #24in48readathon
Hour 42: Your Favorite One Challenge:
So I am coming down to my last hour of reading before the end. I liked most everything I listened to but if pushed, these two (yes, breaking the rules!) 🤣were my favorites. Mostly because they were short & unexpected. I learned from the tagged book & was thoroughly entertained by the Audible Original. All things that are most excellent when doing a readathon. 📚📚📚

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DebinHawaii
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#24in48 #readathon
At the 8 hour, 15 minute mark & finished book #3 a bit of a cheat at

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Jen2
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Fabulous!!!

MommyWantsToReadHerBook Ooh, it sounds fabulous! 6mo
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kspenmoll
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Short but compelling book.Gorgeous photographs of Antartica, its terrain, its blinding white “darkness”, its unrelenting ice, deep crevices, blue skies, ocean waters. Period photos of Ernest Shackelton & his journey, his original hut, ship & maps. While Henry Worsley & his passionate quest to follow in Shackleton‘s footsteps and beyond is unfathomable to me, I could not help but admire & cheer for him during his Odyssean like journeys.

Zelma I really loved this little book. 6mo
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kspenmoll
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#bfcr2 #checkin

Met my fitness goal of walking 6 miles 🙌🏻🙌🏻 early morning before heat is key!
Finished a cozy mystery. Been reading 2different books & listening to an audio. So while I have not completed a book, I have read lots!
This is a house I pass on my walk at times- have always loved the peace wreath.

sudi Wow, 6 miles is awesome 👏👏👏 7mo
dariazeoli 👊🏻Nice work! 7mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌 A fantastic week! 🎉 7mo
4thhouseontheleft Great job! I like the wreath, too. 6mo
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kspenmoll
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Nice healthy lunch out with my son today before we did errands. My meal of mashed avocado, tomatoes, red onion, & bacon, with a garnish of cilantro was delicious! We decided to stay, sip our iced drinks & read a bit before venturing out for the afternoon. Started one of my library books ( tagged) which had a map of Antartica.
#coffeeandbooks #mapsinbooks #mothersonlunch

catebutler Looks delicious! And what a wonderful day out and about!! 7mo
kspenmoll @catebutler This cafe‘s food is always fresh. It was special to spend the time together. 7mo
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kspenmoll
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#libraryhaul
My finds at today‘s library run. Tried to be reasonable...!!
Noticed that much of June I resorted to reading/listening to mysteries. My go to genre when life is stressful, overwhelming. Here‘s to a new month! 2 non fiction, 3 mysteries, all set in very different times & places.

Crazeedi Very nice! 7mo
Tamra I didn‘t realize Daughter of Time was part of a series until I just listened to it. That makes me excited to check out the others! 7mo
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BookishMarginalia
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A #bookishmap is a welcome element of this short narrative about Polar explorer Henry Worsley and his most memorable Antarctic journeys. Vintage photos of Shackleton‘s expeditions as well as pictures of Worsley‘s own 21st century treks complement the text nicely. I‘m glad @WanderingBookaneer gave me a signed first edition as a gift! 💜💜💜

Bookzombie That‘s so nice. 💗 This one is on the short stack of library books next to my bed. 10mo
JaclynW Cool! 10mo
starlight97 I looove maps in a book! 🗺️ 10mo
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akfreeborn
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David Grann really can write adventure and the obsessed well. Small book with pictures. Sad ending for this family. #24in48

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akfreeborn
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Lining up some books for #24in48 this weekend. No theme just some I‘m wanting to read that I got at Christmas that aren‘t super long. Judging a debate on Saturday so probably won‘t get to my 24 hours but I will be trying!

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Christine
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Being by David Grann and about Antarctica, this was a must read for me. Didn‘t realize it was so short! It‘s well worth your (minimal) time - a fascinating and moving story, well-told, because David Grann. 💙

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TerriGreen
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I heard this book recommended on a podcast and immediately put a library hold on it. This one is perfect for snowy winter days. Just when you think you are cold, hang out with the explorers of Antarctica.

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cobwebmoth
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Very good nonfiction. The author excels at building suspense, and getting you attached to the people involved. My knowledge of Antarctic exploration was lacking, so I did not know the "ending". I cried.
Thanks to @Ashley_Nicoletto for the recommendation!

Ashley_Nicoletto I just finished this one this week. It is excellent. I also did not know the ending. Very very sad. 12mo
BookNAround I read it before Christmas and really enjoyed it too. And add me to the “didn‘t know the ending“ camp. (edited) 12mo
Crazeedi Adding 12mo
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VioletBramble
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"That's it!" he yelled, slamming his poles into the ground. "We've made it!" The men looked around, examining the place that had long consumed their imaginations, and which had lured them nearly to their demise. All they could see was barren ice- their grail was no more than a geographical data point. As Adams later put it "What is Antarctica other than a blank canvas on which you seek to impose yourself?"

I love books on polar exploration. ❄️

Reviewsbylola I loved Flower Moon so I cant wait to read this! 12mo
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readtheworld
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Finished my first audiobook of 2019 yesterday — David Grann‘s short but fascinating account of a modern arctic explorer‘s ambitious and obsessive quest to follow in Shackleton‘s footsteps.

#audiobook #2019books #davidgrann #nonfiction

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VioletBramble
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My booknook for the night. It's also the snack nook.
#ReadInTheNewYear
#booknook
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monalyisha Cuuuute! I love your ottoman! 13mo
LiteraryinLititz That looks very inviting! 13mo
Reviewsbylola Love it! 13mo
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mom2bugnbee So cozy! 13mo
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BarbaraBB Love it! 13mo
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Lexeegee
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I cannot imagine a more hellish place than the Antarctic in a winter storm Quick interesting read with great photos.

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Lexeegee
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No white Christmas so I‘ll go with the White Darkness .

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Zelma
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Wow, this is a little gem of book. Short, poignant, beautiful photos, and evocative writing about an other-worldly environment. This is the story of one man‘s obsession/love affair with Antarctica and his desire to follow in his hero Ernest Shackleton‘s footsteps. Not a deep dive into either man‘s life or the history of Antarctica but a beautiful little story about polar exploration and the unique strength of those who pursue it.

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LouLouLane
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I love books that take place in cold places. I love books about explorers. This is the baby.

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CaseyMoore
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I really enjoyed this one. It is basically a long magazine article, but the story is great. Going to now have to read more of Grann‘s work.

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Kpulver
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Compelling events that happened very recently.

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Suelizbeth
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I love a good expedition story, especially if it‘s true, and this is one of the best that I‘ve read. David Grann is a most excellent narrator. If you love true life stories about polar expeditions, then you will love this book! Even if you don‘t love them or haven‘t read any, you will love this book! The physical book is beautiful, with wonderful illustrations. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Ncostell This looks awesome, I think I might get this for my husband for Christmas! 1y
Suelizbeth @Ncostell I think it would be perfect! 📚❤️ 1y
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Mamashep
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Guys, if you ever get a chance to see David Grann speak, do it! He is entertaining and passionate about his stories. I even forgot to take any pics!

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Suetara
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We‘re predicted to get 5-8” of snow through tomorrow night. This seems like an appropriate read.

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Owlizabeth
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I love it when he reads a book I picked out for him! 😍😍😍

Ignore the piles of laundry...🙄

CouronneDhiver Aw heck, enjoy the piles of laundry. 🤪 Chores aren‘t anywhere near as fun as books 1y
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Smrloomis
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I loved Killers of the Flower Moon so much that I‘m stacking this without hearing anything else. Done.

Cinfhen I‘m with you 🙌🏻📚 1y
Smrloomis @Cinfhen YESSSSS! 💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽 1y
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