Island of Secrets
by Matthew Power
If geologist, adventurer and risk-prone eccentric John Lane can prove the existence of the elusive tree kangaroo on the remote Pacific island of New Britain, he just might be able to save one of the last truly wild endangered forests on earth. But first he and his ragtag expedition party—college students, adventure-seeking biologists, disinterested local teenagers—will have to find the rare animal. Award-winning journalist Matthew Power plunges into one of the world’s most forbidding jungles alongside Lane. It is a quest that’s equal parts noble, dangerous, and wacky, in a place that’s truly off the map.
About Matthew Power
Matthew Power’s travels have taken him to sixty countries and all fifty states. He is a contributing editor at Harper’s magazine, and his work has appeared in the New York Times, Wired, GQ, Men’s Journal, Outside, Granta, Slate, and elsewhere. He was included in Best American Travel Writing in 2007, 2009 and 2010, and Best American Nonrequired Reading in 2009. He grew up in Vermont and lives in Brooklyn, New York.