Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Paul Guest's favorite book of 2010

Posted By on Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Paul Guest
  • Paul Guest
We asked our favorite Atlanta writers to tell us about their favorite books of 2010. All week long, we'll be running their comments. Paul Guest is the author of One More Theory about Happiness and My Index of Slightly Horrifying Knowledge.

Blind Descent: The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth by James Tabor.
This nonfiction thriller, about the quest to explore mile deep "super-caves" in places like Mexico and Vietnam, is not for the claustrophic: Tabor follows explorers into mail-slot crevaces beneath the earth and into immense vaults of stone, where alien critters have evolved to live in permanent night. People fall to their messy deaths, are left behind because of the extreme danger, while others freak out, hallucinate, or fall into gauzy, euphoric nitrogen narcosis. Obsession is one of literature's great themes, and the men and women profiled here are utterly arresting. I love to learn when I read, and Blind Descent taught me much about determination and darkness.

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