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NPR’s All Things Considered host Ari Shapiro recently published his debut memoir. (Wikimedia Commons)

The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder
By David Grann; published by Doubleday; 352 pages
The Wager follows the shipwrecked crew of a Brazilian vessel that claims they were attacked by His Majesty’s Ship the Wager and barely survived their time on a barren island to return home in 1742. This narrative is upended by a small crew from a Chilean boat who says those sailors were not heroes, but mutineers. As accusations run wild, the Admiralty must convene to find the truth.

The Best Strangers in the World: Stories from a Life Spent Listening
By Ari Shapiro; published by HarperOne; 256 pages
After years of journalism and travel, host of NPR’s All Things Considered Ari Shapiro has finally put pen to paper in this debut memoir. Throughout his essays, he reveals behind the scenes details of the stories we know and don’t know and is constantly striving to hear those stories that have so long gone untold. Shapiro is a listener, and he might just make you one too.

Where the Falcon Flies: A 3,400 Kilometre Odyssey from My Doorstep to the Arctic
By Adam Shoalts; published by Allen Lane; 368 pages
While watching a falcon soar over Lake Erie, Adam Shoalts found a new goal: he would travel the path of the migrating falcon and see the world as they do. This 3,400km trip is a long one, over water, through forests and past busy highways, but Shoalts is determined to see it through to the Arctic. We shift between past and present, reflecting on what’s been left behind by people and animals, as much as the refuse that challenges his way forward.

KING: A Life
By Jonathan Eig; published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 688 pages
King: A Life is the first biography about civil rights activist Martin Luthor King Jr. written in decades, and the first to include recently declassified FBI documents. This epic of a biography details an intimate view of King that few others have been able to match, considering his complex relationships with others, himself, and the movement he has become an icon for. Jonathan Eig is able to construct the life of King from the beginning: picturing him in his childhood bedroom until he was put in front of television cameras to demand justice and change.

All of these titles, and more, are available at St. Croix Public Library.

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