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Excellent excerpt. You should read the whole thing, but I want to highlight this passage:

Smiley may have missed the X-Acto knife blade that fell from his pocket, but a librarian named Naomi Saito had not.

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Next on My Nonfiction Book List

Books I’d like to read sometime very soon, preferably yesterday or last week or…well you get it. So here it is:

1) The Grapes of Math: How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life, by Alex Bellos… 258 more words


Book Review Thursday: The Map Thief

I have always been fascinated with maps (and have written about it here).  Author Michael Blanding tells a compelling story about a once-respected map dealer, who, under financial stress, decided to begin a life of crime by stealing and then selling some of the world’s most renown and valuable maps.  253 more words

Book Review Thursday

Tues. Aug. 12, 2014: Meetings and Programs and Balls, oh My!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Waning Moon
Uranus Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

Five meetings yesterday. It was a lot. Plus trying to reschedule some Writers Center stuff. 218 more words

Who's on First

The Map Thief by Heather Terrell is a book I have been meaning to read for sometime. It was published in 2008. It is a fictional novel loosely based on actual historical people and events which have been altered to fit the story line. 190 more words

An Interview with Michael Blanding, Author of The Map Thief

Yesterday, I reviewed Mr. Blanding’s newest book, The Map Thief. Mr. Blanding graciously agreed to be interviewed via email. 

How would you describe the inception of  784 more words


Out Today and Recommended: The Map Thief, by Michael Blanding

For years, E. Forbes Smiley III seemed to be the kind of man who matched his name’s connotations: moneyed, educated, successful. An antiquarian map dealer, Smiley shuttled between both sides of the Atlantic, becoming an expert in valuable and rare maps, particularly early maps of New England. 486 more words

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