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Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks by [Jennings, Ken]
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, September 2011: Ken Jennings, best known for his epic winning streak on Jeopardy! in 2004, returns to the writing world with Maphead, a charming, funny, and of course, informational book about the world of maps and the people who love them. Even if maps are not your thing, Jennings writes about them with such affection and humor that the topic becomes fascinating; the clever captions for the maps in the book alone are worth the read. (The first map in the book compares shapes of places that were “separated at birth” and are therefore soul mates. Included: Lake Michigan and Sweden). From the politics of geocaching to the ups and downs of the contestants participating in the National Geographic Bee (which, according to Alex Trebek, should have its own prime-time show like the spelling bee), Jennings captures the excitement and wonder of places. --Caley Anderson

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“Jennings is a very witty, insightful writer and has written an entertaining and educational book about maps and the geeks who obsess over them.” —Pauline Frommer, travel writer and founding editor of Frommers.com

“[Jennings’] spritely, good-natured memoir combines light introspection, rafts of geographic trivia, and admiring profiles of fellow map obsessives.” —Slate.com

“It’s a fun read that’s not just for wonks.” —The Salt Lake Tribune

“[An] engaging story . . . fun and informative.” —Kirkus

“Charming and personal…what a pleasant journey it is…. Buy the book, read it, and pass it along to the non-map reader in your family.” —The Portolan

“[A] spirited layman’s history of cartography.” ­—Harpers


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  • File Size: 8952 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (September 20, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 20, 2011
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004IK98BK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #489,070 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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