Paris to the Moon, Rowing to Latitude and The Island of Lost Maps

Surprise at unanticipated convergences and resonances is one of the delights of reading what you happen to toss into the suitcase hurriedly on the way out the door for a vacation. My daughter gave me Miles Harvey's The Island of Lost Maps for Father's Day. I bought Paris to the Moon because Adam Gopnik's New Yorker essays had convinced me that Gopnik is the best writer of English prose today. And I found Rowing to Latitude on the "Discover Great New Writers!" shelf at the local Barnes & Noble, where it became irresistible the moment Jill Fredston catapulted me back to my childhood: "One of my favorite children's stories," she says in her acknowledgments, "is Holling Clancy Holling's Paddle-to-the-Sea." God's plenty is in these three books.


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