The Stowaway by Laurie Gwen Shapiro
A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica

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Shapiro narrates this period piece with gusto. But pushed beyond an elevator pitch, "The Stowaway"'s high concept stalls.
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The spectacular, true story of a scrappy teenager from New York’s Lower East Side who stowed away on the Roaring Twenties’ most remarkable feat of science and daring: an expedition to Antarctica.

It was 1928: a time of illicit booze, of Gatsby and Babe Ruth, of freewheeling fun. The Great War was over and American optimism was higher than the stock market. What better moment to launch an expedition to Antarctica, the planet’s final frontier? There wouldn’t be another encounter with an unknown this magnificent until Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon.

Everyone wanted in on the adventure. Rockefellers and Vanderbilts begged to be taken along as mess boys, and newspapers across the globe covered the planning’s every stage. And then, the night before the expedition’s flagship set off, Billy Gawronski—a mischievous, first-generation New York City high schooler desperate to escape a dreary future in the family upholstery business—jumped into the Hudson River and snuck aboard.

Could he get away with it?

From the soda shops of New York’s Lower East Side to the dance halls of sultry Francophone Tahiti, all the way to Antarctica’s blinding white and deadly freeze, Laurie Gwen Shapiro’s The Stowaway takes you on the unforgettable voyage of a plucky young stowaway who became a Jazz Age celebrity, a mascot for an up-by-your bootstraps era.
 

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Published January 16, 2018 by Simon & Schuster. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Kim Ode on Jan 19 2018

The Stowaway” is a charming book, a glimpse of history that, by definition, fascinates and delights.

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Reviewed by Stephen Phillips on Jan 12 2018

Shapiro narrates this period piece with gusto. But pushed beyond an elevator pitch, "The Stowaway"'s high concept stalls.

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