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March 2016 Book Reviews

Little_DribblingThanks to the Rollins Winter Park Institute, I was recently able to see and hear, in person, two world-renowned nonfiction writers speak right here in Central Florida–Bill Bryson and Sy Montgomery. I found both of them inspiring and can heartily recommend their latest books to you.

Bill Bryson’s most recent book, The Road to Little Dribbling, takes the reader along on a quirky, funny, puzzling, and poignant trip across Great Britain. Twenty years ago, Bryson wrote Notes from a Small Island, which took his readers on a trip around Britain, and it became one of the bestselling travel books ever written.

The Road to Little Dribbling is a follow-up, of sorts, to that first book to see what has changed and what hasn’t about his beloved homeland. Doesn’t that sound like a journey you’d like to take? Click here to read a full review of the book.

octopus_bookOnce you’ve taken a trip across Great Britain with Bill Bryson, dive into the ocean with Sy Montgomery to enter the fascinating, frightening, fabulous world of the octopus in her latest book, The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of ConsciousnessI like what Vicki Constantine Croke, author of Elephant Company, wrote about the book:

Boneless and beautiful, the characters here are not only big-hearted, they’re multi-hearted, as well as smart, charming, affectionate…and, of course, ambidextrous. If there is a Mother Nature, her name is Sy Montgomery.

To read more about this engaging work of natural science, click here.

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