Staff Pick: Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
David Grann is emerging as a great writer of nonfiction. His Lost City of Z was written in 2009 and is a thrilling tale of adventure in the Amazon. His later books, Killers of the Flower Moon and White Darkness, have proven to be as great a reading experience as Lost City of Z. A writer for the New Yorker, Grann begins Lost City of Z writing about the idea of traveling through the Amazon and stumbles upon the story of Percy Harrison Fawcett. He was a British explorer who became obsessed with the Amazon in the early Twentieth Century. Grann, in turn, became fascinated with Fawcett’s exploits in the Amazon. Much of Lost City of Z is Grann’s recounting of Fawcett’s journey. Fawcett’s quest was to find any archeological evidence of a much-rumored highly wealthy empire thriving centuries ago in the Amazon. As Grann writes about Fawcett’s journey, the reader learns about the perils of traveling through the Amazon jungle with the endless attacks of bugs, intense heat, the threat of deadly snakes, and so much more. Lost City of Z makes for terrific reading.
– Roy B.