Not only has Niagara Falls sustained its appeal as a tourist magnet but it has also inspired many books detailing various facets of the falls and the Niagara region. You will find plenty of tourist books and guides with all kinds of information. But if you want to satisfy a deeper curiosity about the falls and the region, there are some books that give an in-depth knowledge about the same. These books are available at bookstores, online websites and through e-book readers. Here are some great books that delve deep into the mighty falls, and the people and events associated with the falls.
Niagara: A History of the Falls
Author: Pierre Berton
Niagara Falls has had a colourful past and has been regarded as one of nature’s most spectacular wonders. Canadian historian Berton uses a wonderful storytelling technique to write about the journey of the falls from the Ice Age to the modern times, blending various incidents and human interest stories. From the early explorers and tourists to daredevils and industrial development, Berton captures it all and makes the book an engrossing read.
Journeys to the Brink of Doom: True Stories of Disaster, Mystery, and Heroism at Niagara Falls
In the Mad Water: Two Centuries of Adventure and Lunacy at Niagara Falls
Author: T. W. Kriner
Kriner who has written both these books takes the reader on a journey of the spellbinding incidents that have happened at the falls. Events shrouded in mystery, adventurous stunts, suicides, star-crossed lovers, murders, heroes and villains all come together in these gripping books. Also included are some rare photographs of events which add value to the book. Sometimes horrifying, at other times awe-inspiring, these books grab the reader’s attention and compel them to keep turning page after page.
Queen of the Mist: The Forgotten Heroine of Niagara
Author: Joan Murray
Based on the first daredevil who survived a plunge over the brink of the Niagara Falls, this book depicts the life of Annie Edson Taylor, a teacher who on her 63rd birthday pulled off this death-defying stunt. Interestingly, the book doesn’t use prose to describe the events but weaves a beautiful story through the use of verse. Murray brings forth the story of Taylor’s quest for fame, her courage, the incredible plunge and the heart-breaking incidents that she experienced, through intense, compelling lines.
If you enjoy historical fiction, there are some good books which have plotlines weaved around Niagara Falls. The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan is a very popular book which is essentially a love story. It is based loosely on a historical figure associated with the Niagara region and delves into the history of the Niagara River and the falls.
Even young children can enjoy reading books about Niagara Falls. These include Queen of the Falls, a book that brings alive the story of Annie Taylor as well as the Geronimo Stilton comic book–Field Trip to Niagara Falls.
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