New Release: The Lost Series – Tod Olson ’05

Tod Olson’s “Lost” series of real-life tales of people fighting their way back from almost certain disaster is catnip to young and old readers alike. If, like me, you are a sucker for a good arctic, ocean, or deep-in-space tale, these are wonderful immersions in stories you may have thought you knew, but can still be surprised by. Often, Olson gets those tiny details that reveal how disasters happen. For instance, I didn’t realize that Apollo 13, which almost didn’t come back from the Moon in 1970, actually launched with the defect that almost cost the three astronauts their lives. Olson’s stories are accompanied by wonderful photos.