POP – Ice Ghosts by Paul Watson
March 22, 2017
According to EarlyWord, this title got a big boost from the author’s appearance on NPR – always a potential catapult for a chart-jumper. Just a day after publication we have 44 holds and growing (on 3 intial copies – my face is frostbite red). Hampton Sides’ In the Kingdom of Ice has circulated 337 times, so this seems bound to rack up checkouts as well.
Summary from W. W. Norton:
Ice Ghosts weaves together the epic story of the Lost Franklin Expeditionof 1845—whose two ships and crew of 129 were lost to the Arctic ice—withthe modern tale of the scientists, divers, and local Inuit behind the incrediblediscovery of the flagship’s wreck in 2014. Paul Watson, a Pulitzer Prize–winningjournalist who was on the icebreaker that led the discovery expedition, tellsa fast-paced historical adventure story: Sir John Franklin and the crew of theHMS Erebus and Terror setting off in search of the fabled Northwest Passage,the hazards they encountered and the reasons they were forced to abandonship hundreds of miles from the nearest outpost of Western civilization, andthe decades of searching that turned up only rumors of cannibalism and a fewscattered papers and bones—until a combination of faith in Inuit lore and thelatest science yielded a discovery for the ages.