Atlas Obscura – ARC – claimed thanks
June 10, 2016
This one is all kinds of neat – coming this September from Workman. It’s a kind of travel encyclopedia ranging throughout the world (and I mean *throughout* – Antarctica has entries), and highlighting the ghoulish, the curious, and many other overlooked wonders with colorful photographs and attractive drawings. Will you find the Eiffel Tower or Niagara Falls listed? No, the compilers/contributors make clear this is about finding the wonder all around us in the more unexpected, unobvious places. I love that it has an entry on Jeremy Bentham’s preserved body in a glass case in a corridor of the University College of London. A blog-spun treasure. Please comment to claim.
Publisher Summary: Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 600 of the strangest and most curious places in the world. Here are natural wonders–the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand, or a baobob tree in South Africa that’s so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can drink comfortably. Architectural marvels, including the M.C. Escher-like stepwells in India. Mind-boggling events, like the Baby Jumping Festival in Spain, where men dressed as devils literally vault over rows of squirming infants. Not to mention the Great Stalacpipe Organ in Virginia, Turkmenistan’s 45-year hole of fire called the Door of Hell, coffins hanging off a side of a cliff in the Philippines, eccentric bone museums in Italy, or a weather-forecasting invention that was powered by leeches, still on display in Devon, England. Atlas Obscura revels in the weird, the unexpected, the overlooked, the hidden, and the mysterious. Every page expands our sense of how strange and marvelous the world really is. And with its compelling descriptions, hundreds of photographs, surprising charts, maps for every region of the world, it is a book you can open anywhere. But with caution: It’s almost impossible not to turn to the next entry, and the next, and the next. Let your curiosity be your compass.