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I'm reading a fascinating book and you won't find it at Barnes & Noble. It's called First Footsteps in East Africa and it was written by a British explorer named Richard F. Burton. In 1855. The book, his diaries of his expedition through what is now Somalia, was published in 1910. Colby added it to the collection in 1911. From what I can tell, it's only been checked out twice.
Burton is part philosopher, part anthropologist. He's from that British tradition of soldier/adventurer that helped create the British Empire. Half of English aristocracy was tromping around jungles and deserts, the North and South poles, in the 1800s. Now we've got Richard Branson. I bring the book up here because it's interesting (Burton was both renowned and reviled in Britain, and died feeling he hadn't been given adequate credit for his discoveries).
But on a much different note, it shows the sort of treasures that remain in the library stacks, waiting to be discovered.