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In Memory of the Map by Christopher Norment
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Lost Cities by Dale Peck
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101 Things You Thought You Knew About the Titanic ... but Didn't! by Tim Maltin
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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
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My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



In the Memory of the Map: 11/16/12

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In the Memory of the Map by Christopher Norment is two thirds memoir and one third essay on how the mind processes and remembers space.

The first chapter opens with Norment describing his home, it's large yard and the surrounding neighborhood. He lived in a farming area roughly halfway between the present day Applied Materials Santa Clara campus and the San Jose airport. He includes two maps: one he drew and one his sister drew. This chapter was riveting, and I hoped a preview of what the rest of the book would be like.

Sadly, I was mistaken. Once Norment was old enough to be free to explore beyond the confines of his childhood home, he took to hiking. Following trails requires a compass and of course a good map. So rather than being about how access to maps and learning to use maps affects a person's perceptions of the world, it's a long, love letter to all those hiking trips. In a word: YAWN.

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Two stars

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