Recently, I have been devouring the Pendergast series by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. The books are more than thrillers, more than mysteries, more than pure entertainment–although they are all of those. They are full of interesting facts.
You don’t have to care about these facts. You can easily enjoy the books without pausing to consider any of them. But if you want to arouse your curiosity, to be lead off on rabbit trails, this series is just the thing.
Cabinets of curiosities, like the picture above, were collections of the strange, the unusual, the grotesque, the valuable. Wealthy individuals enlarged, maintained and curated their cabinets. These were the precursors to the Natural History Museum.
New York’s American Natural History Museum is a prominent character in most of the books. The details and history of the museum are fascinating in themselves–over 150 million specimens in its collections contained in twenty-five interconnected buildings. Hard to imagine. To read more about this great national treasure, click here.
If you just want a great series of exciting guilty pleasure reading, try the Pendergast series. The authors’ website will get you started on the list of books.