Dusty Book: Frost on My Moustache by Tim Moore

This book deserves a second look right now for three reasons. 1. It is funny, smart and good. 2. Chelsea Handler’s Uganda Be Kidding Me has brought the saucy travelogue back into vogue. 3. Moustaches.

Subtitled “The Arctic Exploits of a Lord and Loafer,” journalist Moore’s Frost on My Moustache is quick-witted attempt to retrace Lord Dufferin’s 1850s yacht trek  into the Arctic Circle. Filled with the fascinating tidbits of exotic travel and a critical reading of a crazy millionaire’s quixotic trip into the tundra, Moore is a delightful and self-depracating tour guide. Ill-suited to the trip, Moore is detailed in explaining the difficulties of frigid pleasure seeking. (There’s a joke about a blown (tire) seal that you could wait your whole life for the perfect opportunity to tell.) Moore also appears to go a little crazy about midway through the telling. Which, though understandable, does make the reader think, “Um, Tim? Are you ok, dude? You know, nobody’s making you do this. You could just go home, buddy.” Apparent Arctic madness aside, a uniquely-voiced travelogue for those with strong constitutions.



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Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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