Staff Pick day!! Today, a book that`s been flying off the shelves and sticking to the top of the Indie Bestsellers list - David Grann`s "The Wager," reviewed by our equally popular staff member, Matthew!
By David Grann
"Joan Didion said, "We tell ourselves stories in order to live." In the 1740s, this was the task of the last survivors of the Wager. Facing a hanging, these men had to tell a wild story in order to live. The Wager had been sent on a secret mission to capture Spanish treasure. But after a series of storms in Cape Horn, the ship went missing. Then, some of its crew washed up on the coast of Brazil. Six months later, three other crew members washed up in Chile. Each group told of cannibalism and mutiny. But all of the survivors were also an inconvenience in the British government`s official narrative of its own navy. Here David Grann has the warp, woof, and weave of stories within stories, and about our very needs for stories. It`s got the salt of high seas adventure, the desperate horror of survival, the mystery of unreliable narrators, the tension of a courtroom thriller, and the dark heart of an empire writing its story."
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