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And then your purse is all heavy and has awkward rectangle shapes on the outside. And when you ask someone to hold your purse for a couple minutes, they always comment about how you must keep bricks in there. And then you say, "Those aren't bricks, they're books" And then weird looks happen... But it's totally worth it to not be without reading material for a moment :)
"some books are meant / to be read just like this / alone, with the evening, / a bowl of fruit ripening / waiting for the reader / to grow hungry, but / she won't, the book / will devour her, / and it / will soon / become / morning."
This powerful book recounts the failure of the Trans-Antarctic Expedition led by Sir Ernest Shackleton in an attempt to cross the Antarctic continent in 1914. The subsequent struggle for survival endured by the twenty-eight man crew for almost two years gives to book its title, as well as the name of the ship Shackleton used for the expedition, the Endurance. The ship was eventually crushed by ice floes, leaving the men stranded on the pack ice, where they drifted for over a year. Compelling.