Saturday, January 21, 2012

Want Books: Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including

Want Books? is a weekly meme hosted at Chachic’s Book Nook and features released books that you want but you can’t have for some reason. It can be because it’s not available in your country, in your library or you don’t have the money for it right now.

So, I'm still a newbie book blogger and as I was looking through other various book blogs to see their designs, their reviews, etc. and I came across Sophisticated Dorkiness with a review on this book. The book title, in case you can't see it above, is Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at SEa and the Beachcombers, Oceonographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them.

I'm hooked. I want this book RIGHT NOW. As in, if this book miraculously apparated comfortably into my lap I'd rejoice and ignore my other books and start reading it immediately. Then, I'd wonder where my letter to Hogwarts is. Once a Harry Potter nerd, always a Harry Potter nerd.

Alas, I have dozens of other books, if not hundreds, on my to-read list. I guess I should be glad, in a way, that I have no idea where to even look for this book. Ebay? Amazon? Barnes & Noble? Who knows. Maybe someone out there just donated it to a used bookstore and this little book is waiting for me to come pick it up and bring it home. And I'd pray that no one dog-eared its pages.

One day, Moby Duck, I will find you. And maybe read you while I take a bubble bath. With an actual rubber duck. And a glass of wine because that's apparently how girls read books in chick flicks.

What books do you want?

Goodreads review: A revelatory tale of science, adventure, and modern myth. A New York Times Notable Book of 2011. One of NPR's Best Books of 2011. One of Janet Maslin's Ten Picks for 2011.

When the writer Donovan Hohn heard of the mysterious loss of thousands of bath toys at sea, he figured he would interview a few oceanographers, talk to a few beachcombers, and read up on Arctic science and geography. But questions can be like ocean currents: wade in too far, and they carry you away. Hohn's accidental odyssey pulls him into the secretive world of shipping conglomerates, the daring work of Arctic researchers, the lunatic risks of maverick sailors, and the shadowy world of Chinese toy factories.

Moby-Duck is a journey into the heart of the sea and an adventure through science, myth, the global economy, and some of the worst weather imaginable. With each new discovery, Hohn learns of another loose thread, and with each successive chase, he comes closer to understanding where his castaway quarry comes from and where it goes. In the grand tradition of Tony Horwitz and David Quammen, Moby-Duckis a compulsively readable narrative of whimsy and curiosity.


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