Books can transport us to other eras and other places. They can open our minds and our hearts and certain special books have lasting impact.
Today on The Bookshelf we hear from pre-eminent polar explorer Ann Bancroft.
She brought several books to the studio, including "The Snow Goose" by Paul Gallico, "Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage" by Alfred Lansing and "Pieces of White Shell" by Terry Tempest Williams.
While all of these books have been meaningful in her life, Bancroft discussed why Annie Dillard's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek" was of particular importance to her.