January has become Sally Walker month in my office. It’s also, by my declaration, editorial shoe disclosure month (precedent). Just wait and see how the two go together. First, as you might have heard, it’s insanely cold in Minnesota. Your humble blogger recently acquired a pair of Steger Mukluks (yes, that Steger), so he could feel his feet when he got to work. I find myself tempted to wear these not-so-fashionable boots at my desk (photo, left), when I’m working on the photos for Sally’s next book, which is about Antarctica. It is simply not possible to read about and look at photos of Scott, Amundsen, and especially Titus Oates and stay warm.
A Very Gallant Gentleman by John Charles Dollman.
The rest of you, however, get to bask in the relative warmth of Sally’s latest published book, Written in Bone, for which the required accessories might be a modern toothbrush. As librarian and Booklist Bookends blogger Lynn Rutan writes:
“I learned SO much with this book and it was filled with the most deliciously yucky facts! Who would guess you could die of a toothache?”
Written in Bone is one of five nominees for YALSA’s first annual Excellence in Nonfiction Award, to be announced at the upcoming Midwinter Meeting. You can read YALSA’s interview with Sally here.
Top photo courtesy of Subarctic Mama, a blogger whose review had made me buy my new boots.