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Maphead
Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks | Ken Jennings
It comes as no surprise that, as a kid, Jeopardy! legend Ken Jennings slept with a bulky Hammond world atlas by his pillow every night. Maphead recounts his lifelong love affair with geography and explores why maps have always been so fascinating to him and to fellow enthusiasts everywhere. Jennings takes readers on a world tour of geogeeks from the London Map Fair to the bowels of the Library of Congress, from the prepubescent geniuses at the National Geographic Bee to the computer programmers at Google Earth. Each chapter delves into a different aspect of map culture: highpointing, geocaching, road atlas rallying, even the unreal estate charted on the maps of fiction and fantasy. He also considers the ways in which cartography has shaped our history, suggesting that the impulse to make and read maps is as relevant today as it has ever been. From the Here be dragons parchment maps of the Age of Discovery to the spinning globes of grade school to the postmodern revolution of digital maps and GPS, Maphead is filled with intriguing details, engaging anecdotes, and enlightening analysis. If youre an inveterate map lover yourselfor even if youre among the cartographically clueless who can get lost in a supermarketlet Ken Jennings be your guide to the strange world of mapheads.
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kalinichta
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As you can tell, I couldn't relate to this book at all. 🙄

I remember spending time poring over maps and encyclopedias in my youth, and this book beautifully tapped into that casual geographer mindset. Informative and entertaining, never getting too technical, this book had me fondly remembering those evenings stretched out on the living room floor, scanning maps just to see what was out there, while also turning an eye to where maps are going.

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kalinichta
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Lazy Sunday reclining in bed with Ken Jennings' "Maphead". It's already full of the kind of informational asides and trivia you'd expect from a former "Jeopardy" champ - just my cup of tea. Stella is into it, too.

#catsoflitsy #cartography #mapnerd

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SuziQoregon
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I grew up as a map geek and I‘m still in charge of navigating when we‘re on road trips so I enjoyed this one.

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SuziQoregon
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It turned out to me a nice afternoon for some patio reading.
#outdoors #readingoutside

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Lauredhel
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#riotgrams I have about a zillion #favouritecover books... Here's one. I do love a good map.

hlgreenfield I looove maps! Maybe this book is for me. I certainly love the cover. 3y
TheLondonBookworm Oh wow that looks amazing! Stacked! 3y
Jerdencon I need to get this for my son!!! He's already a total maphead at 8! 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Very nice! I love maps in books. 3y
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Cinfhen
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#somethingforsept Today's challenge was definitely a challenge, I had to think hard....I read Maphead for book club a few years back and thought it was informative and a bit quirky, the other two are on my GoodReads TBR list! If anyone has read The Mapmakers Children or The Map Thief share your thoughts.

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