First off, let me just stop you right there. I know, it looks incredibly boring. A book. About maps. But, hear me out on this one -- it was really well written and interesting. It wasn't like, "A map of America created in 1780 first showed this ..." It's so much more than that.
We all know (or we should all know) Ken Jennings from Jeopardy! fame. He's the guy that won a lot in the early 2000's -- now do you remember him? He's a very interesting person and his writing style is informative and personable. He incorporates little tidbits into his writing that make you feel like you're just talking with the guy. I love that in some non-fiction books -- sometimes, especially in subjects that I'm not super familiar with, I want to feel a more personal connection with the author and I definitely feel that in this book.
The book takes a deeper look at people that just love maps. And surprisingly there are a lot of people out there that fit that description. Jennings feels that a love of maps is a secret thing -- something that people hide, but once he admitted it, he found a lot of others that felt the same way he did. He talks to kids in geography bees, geocachers, and map collectors. The book is about so much more than just maps.
I cannot wait to read his other books, like Because I Said So!
His writing style really impressed me.
Should You Read This? Yes! I cannot stop recommending this book and everyone looks at me like I have a third eye. But trust me on this one, it's definitely worth it.