With Staff Picks, we would like to offer recommendations from our staff to you. These picks will be from a variety of reading, listening or viewing tastes. You might find stuff you've checked out before, or you might be intrigued enough to find a new favorite.

Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides

In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides is the true story of the crew of the USS Jeannette, an American ship that set sail on July 8, 1979 in hopes of breaking through the polar ice caps and finding the North Pole. Funded by the wealthy owner of The New York Herald, James Gordon Bennett Jr., the expedition was commanded by a young naval officer named George Washington De Long. De Long and his carefully picked crew of thirty-two men set off on a challenging voyage that would test each of them over the next four years.

In this book Hampton Sides recounts one of the greatest and most harrowing adventures of all time. He includes excerpts from De Long’s personal journal with details of the days spent locked in ice, the sinking of the Jeannette, and the harrowing march across an ice pack to reach Siberia. Sides also includes letters written by Emma De Long, which she titles “letters to nowhere” because she has little hope of the letters ever reaching her husband. This is a book that captures the emotions of readers and makes them think back to a time when so much of the world was uninhabited and unknown.

If this bookinterests you, feel free to request it and check it out. We'll be back next Wednesday with a different Staff Pick.