Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks by Ken Jennings
I admit it - I am a total map nerd. I can't help but spend long moments of time staring at an atlas or globe, trying to pronounce all the names of the foreign cities listed, and wondering what lies beyond the names and colors and mountain ranges depicted there - what kinds of things lie on the human side of those images. But sadly, in today's world of GPS's and mechanical voices that tell you where to turn, people have forgotten about the sense of beauty in reading a map.
Ken Jennings (record holder for the longest winning streak on Jeopardy!) has written a book that reignited my love for all things geography. Not only does this book discuss the ways in which cartography has shaped our history (past and present), but each chapter touches on a different aspect of map culture. If you've ever been curious about the National Geographic Bee, geocaching, road atlas rallying, or creating your own map and country on paper, this is the book for you. And if you've never heard of any of these things, I believe this book will still appeal to your desire to know more about the cartographical world.
If you're a map lover like I am, this book may make it to the Top Shelf. And if you're among the geographically challenged that can get lost in a parking lot, I think you'll still find a newfound appreciation for all things maps!
The Mom* Rating: Middle Shelf
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