Finding North

How Navigation Makes Us Human
Original Publish Date: May 10, 2016
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (7.55 hours)
Product Number: Z100114820
Released: May 10, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781515920168
Narrator/s: Tom Zingarelli
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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In 1844, George Michelsen Foy's great-great grandfather, captain of a Norwegian cargo ship, perished at sea after getting lost in a snowstorm. Foy decides to unravel the mystery surrounding Halvor Michelsen's death-and the roots of his own obsession with navigation-by re-creating his ancestor's trip using only period instruments. Beforehand, he meets a colorful cast of characters to learn whether men really have better directional skills than women; how cells, eels, and spaceships navigate; and how tragedy results from GPS glitches. He interviews a cabby who has memorized every street in London, sails on a Haitian cargo sloop, and visits the site of a secret navigational cult in Greece. At the heart of Foy's story is this fact: navigation and the brain's memory centers are inextricably linked. As Foy unravels the secret behind Halvor's death, he also discovers why forsaking our navigation skills in favor of GPS may lead not only to Alzheimer's and other diseases of memory, but to losing a key part of what makes us human.


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Finding North
Product Number: BX00050253
Product Number:DD24587
Product Number:Z100114820

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Narrator(s): Tom Zingarelli
Product Number DD24587
Released: May 10, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781515900160
Product Number EB00627115
Released: May 10, 2016
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Flatiron Books
ISBN: #9781250053893

Professional reviews

"The author's frustrating experiences with getting lost are read with hearty, modest humor by Tom Zingarelli. Being lost is frightening, Michelsen Foy tells listeners upfront. Even getting around the house takes a lot of small calculations most people aren't aware of. Foy is planning to locate the wreckage of a ship off Norway in which an ancestor died. As he considers the trip, he also ruminates on navigation. Zingarelli's good-natured reading blends well with Foy's exploration of topics like the Air Force's GPS secrets and the London cabbies' renowned memory test. Foy's journey is personal, entertaining, and informative; listeners will enjoy coming along for the ride. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"