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Come, Tell Me How You Live
Come, Tell Me How You Live: An Archaeological Memoir | Agatha Christie Mallowan
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Over the course of her long, prolific career, Agatha Christie gave the world a wealth of ingenious whodunits and page-turning locked-room mysteries featuring Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, and a host of other unforgettable characters. She also gave us Come, Tell Me How You Live, a charming, fascinating, and wonderfully witty nonfiction account of her days on an archaeological dig in Syria with her husband, renowned archeologist Max Mallowan. Something completely different from arguably the best-selling author of all time, Come, Tell Me How You Live is an evocative journey to the fascinating Middle East of the 1930s that is sure to delight Dame Agathas millions of fans, as well as aficionados of Elizabeth Peterss Amelia Peabody mysteries and eager armchair travelers everywhere.
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Lizpixie
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After finishing the Readathon, I‘m thinking a book for #NFNov is the way to go next. This is just a small #stack of some of my #NFTBR I‘ve also got a few waiting at the library for pickup. I‘m thinking of going with A Night To Remember but the Ann Rule is calling me too. This is my problem as a reader, too many choices can put me in a rut. Do any of you have the same issue? Which one are you looking forward to reading or have read and loved?

Librariana That is an excellent selection you've got there! I own and am interested in reading 1mo
Librariana But gosh, I'd be very intrigued to read Ann Rule's account of her friendship/acquaintance to Ted Bundy OR the one about Jonestown! 1mo
ImperfectCJ It's been a long time, but I remember loving A Night to Remember (and feeling irritated that James Cameron didn't credit it because how could he have written the screenplay for Titanic without using that book? Or so I reasoned.). 1mo
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FantasyChick I really enjoyed Jonestown, though it could be a bit dry and boring at times but The Stranger Beside Me was fantastically done! You really can't beat Ann Rule when it comes to true crime 1mo
ljuliel I agree completely about it being harder to read when you have too many choices . I spend more time trying yo figure out what to read than I do reading. I‘ve read the Bundy book and the Titanic ones. They were all good. I read a Jo Estonia book back after it happened but I don‘t remember the name of it. I know it wasn‘t this one since urs much newer. 1mo
vivastory I second @Librariana comments. Guin's book on Bonnie and Clyde is one of my favorite nf of the year. 1mo
Lizpixie @Librariana thanks for your input! I keep putting off the Ann Rule coz I bought it online & it‘s one of those pocket editions with cheap paper & horrible printing🙄 @ImperfectCJ I just finished A Night To Remember & loved it, though I felt like screaming at it in certain parts, especially when steerage passengers were stopped from getting to boats @FantasyChick that‘s what I‘ve been worried about with Jonestown, the dry bits🥱 4w
Lizpixie @ljuliel at least it‘s not just me! I think the Jonestown book came out last year, so probably not the one you read. I remember when it happened too, though I was only 7 at the time our family used to watch the 6pm news every night while eating dinner coz of my dad. It made an impression. @vivastory I‘ll have to look that one up! Thank you all for your input♥️ 4w
Lizpixie @ljuliel at least it‘s not just me! I think the Jonestown book came out last year, so probably not the one you read. I remember when it happened too, though I was only 7 at the time our family used to watch the 6pm news every night while eating dinner coz of my dad. It made an impression. @vivastory I‘ll have to look that one up! Thank you all for your input♥️ 4w
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Librarybelle
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My parents brought over a stand no longer in use at their house...let‘s just say my library shelves are filling up, and I have so much more to put away. But, I‘m building a collection of all Christie‘s books and thought having a special place for them was in order. Hence the stand. I also have ARCs on the stand I really need to review...yikes! Naturally, Vladimir and Sebastian has to check it out. #catsoflitsy #Vladimir #SebastianKitty

wanderinglynn Great shelfie! And I love your Carmen Sandiego funko 😍😍😍 6mo
CoverToCoverGirl Do Vladimir and Sebastian have library cards? 🤣♥️ They‘re certainly perusing the shelves rather intently! 6mo
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GlassAsDiamonds
Come, Tell Me How You Live (Revised) | Agatha Christie Mallowan
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Really ... could there be anyone else for The Empress than Dame Agatha or any of her novels more suited to the themes of embracing the world around you than her autobiography of her life in archaeological digs in the Middle East between the wars? If you haven‘t read this, I can‘t recommend it enough, especially if where you live at the moment isn‘t “home”.

#OctoberPhotoChallenge #TarotTakeover

rubyslippersreads Gorgeous! ❤️ this book! 1y
GlassAsDiamonds @rubyslippersreads me too!!! (And so few people seem to have read it!). 1y
ErinSueMreads There is literally no other human more interesting.... 14mo
GlassAsDiamonds @ErinSueG totally agree, I‘m completely obsessed at the moment!!! (And this is so good I‘m also trying to resist a re-read!!!) 14mo
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Librarybelle
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My #fascination over Christie...not every book of hers I own, but this represents most of them. Waiting to buy a bookcase to showcase all of her books. My goal is to own at least one copy of every book she wrote.

I‘d showcase my Jane Austen fascination/obsession, but I have those books scattered everywhere! #SeptemberDanes

Kalalalatja That‘s a pretty cool goal! 👏👏👏 1y
Mollyanna I have the same goal, but am not nearly as far along! Nice collection! 1y
erzascarletbookgasm ❤️🌹 AC! Seeing all her books on one shelf would be amazing! I collect her books too, but mostly Poirot and Miss Marple. 1y
LeahBergen 😍😍 1y
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Emiller
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Bookmail! I love Agatha Christie, so I couldn‘t resist buying these two. 😍📚

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TracyReadsBooks
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An entertaining account of life on a dig in the 1930s. Christie uses the same wry wit in describing the countries, people, & daily grind of survey & excavation in this book as she does writing her mysteries. She writes with an obvious affection, albeit from an obviously privileged point of view, about the Middle East. Reading the memoir, it‘s obvious archaeology has changed a great deal even as our desire to understand the past remains unchanged.

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TheKidUpstairs
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It is the question, too, that Archaeology asks of the Past - Come, tell me how you lived?
And with picks and spades and baskets we find the answer.

#Study #QuotsyDec17
@TK-421

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TracyReadsBooks
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“No sooner have the lamps been extinguished than mice in their scores—I really believe in their hundreds—emerge from the holes in the walls and the floor. Mice across one‘s face, mice tweaking your hair—mice! mice! mice!...
“Max utters soothing words.
“Excellent advice...One has first to get to sleep, and with mice taking healthy exercise and having their field sports all over you, that is hardly possible.”

Honestly, I‘d take mice over roaches.

SandyW Ew. 2y
RebelReader He** no! I hate mice! I would be out of there screaming with my eyes closed! 😬😬😬😬😬 (edited) 2y
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TracyReadsBooks
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Ok, so reading Agatha Christie‘s archaeological memoir has me adding a couple of rereads to my TBR pile. Funny that I have these and not, at least currently, Murder on the Orient Express which is the story, via the movie, that led me to pick up my current read.

ElishaLovesBooks You can buy it on Sunday!😁😊 2y
TracyReadsBooks Yes I can! 2y
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TracyReadsBooks
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“For to our point of view the Romans are hopelessly modern—children of yesterday. Our interest begins in the second millennium B.C.”

Christie, like many others, would most likely have described my period of specialization as “post interesting.” Some things don‘t change.

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TracyReadsBooks
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“Preparations are now in full swing—buying of stores; engaging of chauffeur and cook...”

Ha! Safe to say excavations (certainly most) have changed a little since the 1930s.

Louise Nice photo! 👌 2y
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TracyReadsBooks
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Truth:

“One thing can safely be said about an archaeological packing. It consists mainly of books. What books to take, what books can be taken, what books there are room for, what books can (with agony!) be left behind.

RebelReader That's me every time I travel even if it's only overnight! 😃 2y
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TracyReadsBooks
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“There are several schools of thought as to packing. There are people who begin packing at anything from a week to a fortnight beforehand. There are people who throw a few things together half an hour before departure.”

This is totally me and one of my best friends. I always pack early & include extras of things I know she‘ll forget when she packs last minute! (Can‘t always find your favorite things while on an excavation.)

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TracyReadsBooks
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Family went to see Murder on the Orient Express which got me thinking about Agatha Christie—long a favorite of mine—& this book which has languished in my TBR pile since someone recommended it this summer. It‘ll be interesting to see what Christie makes of dig life. (My husband excavated with me for 3 days one summer. His reaction? “I get why you like it but this is too hard. You‘re crazy.”) It‘ll be fun to read Agatha Christie‘s thoughts.

ElishaLovesBooks Definitely want to know your thoughts about this one! 2y
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#BookMail Bk2 of today‘s #Bookstravaganza is this lovely little memoir written by Dame Agatha after her 1930 archeological dig in the Middle East,which gave her a lifelong love of that part of the world.There‘s a few Poirot books set in Iraq (Persia at the time I believe) and Egypt.She wrote this during WWII after her husband was posted Egypt & she was working in a hospital dispensary,which probably explains her love of poisons & pills as weapons!

LeahBergen I have this one! ❤️ 2y
Cinfhen Sounds very cool, do I dare stack it @TheWordJar ?!? 2y
Cinfhen Of course I did!!! 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm Ooo, I want this! 🏃‍♀️to order.. 2y
Lizpixie @Cinfhen @LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm the fact she found books about my two biggest loves (Dame Agatha & Scotland) that I‘ve never heard of means so much to me. The thought & care that went into choosing them is so amazing, @Simona is a rockstar!🤘 2y
TheWordJar @Cinfhen I will if you will!! (Oops, already done!) 😂😂 2y
Simona @Lizpixie I‘m very relieved that you don‘t have this two, because it‘s always a little bit risky to choose books from favorite topics ... hoping that they are good too😘 2y
Lizpixie @Simona The thought you put into finding lesser known books about my favourite topics just blows me away! I was reduced to tears when I opened the box, I am truly humbled that you chose to make me feel loved and cared about. Thank you thank you thank you!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ (edited) 2y
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rachel_mbc
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The Red Sox have been pretty terrible this series, so this may be my last Books + Baseball of the season. 📚⚾️

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TheKidUpstairs
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My book buying willpower took a bit of a hit the last couple days. Yesterday I found myself beside my favourite used bookstore with no kids in tow, the result was the stack on the left. Today, I was in the dollar store and found a beautiful, signed edition of The Orenda, and the two others on the right. The good news is all this cost me only $13.

LeahBergen Signed?? Nice! And I have that Christie memoir, too. It looks so good! 2y
TheKidUpstairs @LeahBergen I was pretty shocked to see a signed copy at the dollar store of all places! 2y
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GlassAsDiamonds
Come, Tell Me How You Live (Revised) | Agatha Christie Mallowan
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I bought this on a whim and fell completely in love with it. Non-fiction, this is Christie's account of her time spent living and working in the near east with her archaeologist husband, Max Mallowen. If you've been or are an expat, you'll laugh out loud at her tales of trying to find off season clothes or explain foreign food tastes. Really lovely short book that captures the essence of living away from home & leaving your heart there. #expat

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missjenniferlowe
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Agatha Christie's memoir of her time spent accompanying her husband on his archeological digs is charming and fascinating. It is a #memorablememoir for #booktober

rubyslippersreads I love this book. ❤️📚 3y
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LeahBergen
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Happy Birthday to Dame Agatha Christie. "An archaeologist is the best husband any woman can have: The older she gets, the more interested he is in her." #bookmarks

quirkyreader I enjoyed this one. I think I might have read some of Max's books around the same time, but don't quote me on that. 3y
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