07-02-2007 02:27 PM - last edited on 08-15-2007 10:58 AM by Barbara
Two recreational scuba divers discover a lost World War II German U-boat sunk just 60 miles off the coast of New Jersey. No government, navy, expert, or historian can figure out the identity of the boat -- or the 56 dead sailors inside. The divers set out on a six-year quest to solve the mystery of the boat and its history. Along the way, their friends die inside the wreck, their marriages rupture, they nearly bankrupt themselves, and come very close to dying themselves, before managing to solve one of the greatest mysteries of World War II. Additional Recommended Reading
And There Was Light
Permanently blinded at a young age, Jacques Lusseyran learned to "see" the world from within. This keenly developed inner sight enabled him to become a leader of the core of the French Resistance, enduring arrest by the Gestapo and the horrors of Buchenwald. This book is a testament to the joy that exists in all of us, a joy that no conditions -- not even the worst -- can kill. Lusseryan's inspring autobiography shows how he overcame the limitations of physical blindness by attending-literally–to the light inside his own mind.
Blind people are not casual listeners. Blind since birth, Stephen Kuusisto recounts with a poet's sense of detail the surprise that comes when we are actively listening to our surroundings. There is an art to eavesdropping. Like Annie Dillard's An American Childhood or Dorothy Allison's One or Two Things I Know for Sure, Kuusisto's memoir highlights periods of childhood when a writer first becomes aware of his curiosity and imagination. As a boy he listened to Caruso records in his grandmother's attic and spent hours in the New Hampshire woods learning the calls of birds. As a grown man the writer visits cities around the world in order to discover the art of sightseeing by ear. Whether the reader is interested in disability, American poetry, music, travel, or the art of eavesdropping, he or she will find much to hear and even "see" in this unique celebration of a hearing life.
Touch the Top of the World
Erik Weihenmayer was born with retinoscheses, a degenerative eye disorder that would progressively unravel his retinas. He learned from doctors that he was destined to lose his sight by age thirteen. Yet from early on he was determined to rise above this disability. In Touch the Top of the World, Erik recalls his struggle to push past the limits placed on him by his visual impairment -- and by a seeing world. Fewer than a hundred mountaineers have climbed all Seven Summits -- the highest peak on each of the seven continents. Erik Weihenmayer has reached four of the seven. Erik's story is truly one of having the vision to dream big; the courage to reach for near impossible goals; and the grit, determination, and ingenuity to transform our lives into something miraculous.
Born On a Blue Day
Daniel Tammet sees numbers as shapes, colors, and textures, and he can perform extraordinary calculations in his head. He can learn to speak new languages fluently, from scratch, in a week. In 2004, he memorized and recited more than 22,000 digits of pi, setting a record. He has savant syndrome, an extremely rare condition that gives him almost unimaginable mental powers. Born on a Blue Day is a triumphant and uplifting story, starting from early childhood, when Daniel was incapable of making friends and prone to tantrums, to young adulthood, when he learned how to control himself and to live independently, fell in love, experienced a religious conversion to Christianity, and most recently, emerged as a celebrity. The world's leading neuroscientists have been studying Daniel's ability to solve complicated math problems in one fell swoop by seeing shapes rather than making step-by-step calculations. Here he explains how he does it, and how he is able to learn new languages so quickly, simply by absorbing their patterns. Fascinating and inspiring, Born on a Blue Day explores what it's like to be special and gives us an insight into what makes us all human -- our minds.
Message Edited by Barbara on 08-15-2007 10:58 AM
07-05-2007 03:59 PM
Are there any videos on May's experience? I saw Kurson on CNN's BookTV, but I don't remember any mention of exposure in any other media.