Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders
- Author: Joshua Foer
- Author: Dylan Thuras
- Author: Ella Morton
- Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
- Published: September 2016
- ISBN-10: 0761169083
- ISBN-13: 9780761169086
- Format: Oversize Hardcover
- Copyright: 2016
- Subject: TRAVEL / Special Interest / Adventure
In 2009, science journalist, memory champion, and author (Moonwalking with Einstein) Foer cofounded with Dylan Thuras a website called Atlas Obscura, which aimed to crowdsource descriptions of intriguing, off-the-beaten-path places all over the world (coauthor Ella Morton is an associate editor at the website). The enormously successful concept has spawned multiple events and efforts, the latest of which is this title that lists more than 700 of the best entries the website has received—the criteria for inclusion aren't very clear, but the places, people, phenomena, and things included form a collection of the weirdest and most wonderful the world has to offer. Arranged by region, the entries, which vary in length from several per page to a full page each, are accompanied by color photographs and maps, and sometimes by sidebars on such pleasantries as "Parasitic Worms and Their Effects on Humans." VERDICT With entries on Kiev's death masks, Singapore's Thieves Market, Villisca Ax Murder House in Iowa, and a boiling lake in Dominica (a three-hour hike from the nearest road), this is a travel guide for the most adventurous of tourists; otherwise, it's a wonderful browse that will be relished by armchair travelers who enjoyed Brandon Stanton's Humans of New York and Frank Warren's PostSecret.—Henrietta Verma, formerly with Library Journal[Page 115]. (c) Copyright 2016 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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