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Travel Vicariously with January’s Book Club Selection

Join the Riverbend Readers Tuesday, January 24th at 6pm to discuss the book TURN RIGHT AT MACHU PICCHU: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time.

Author Mark Adams has spent his career editing adventure and travel magazines, but decides to take it up a notch by investigating and retracing the steps of one Hiram Bingham III — the original discoverer of the now famous citadel in the Andes Mountains, Machu Picchu.

“For the first time since dropping out of graduate school, I remembered an unpleasant weekend spent struggling to comprehend the philosopher Immanuel Kant’s explanation of the difference between calling something beautiful and calling it sublime. Nowadays, we throw around the word ‘sublime’ to describe gooey desserts or overpriced handbags.  In Kant’s epistemology it meant something limitless, an aesthetically pleasing entity so huge that it made the perceiver’s head hurt.  Machu Picchu isn’t just beautiful, it’s sublime.”

As always, many copies are available for extended borrowing at the library.