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Sarah Helen Parcak is an American archaeologist, Egyptologist, and remote sensing expert, who has used satellite imaging to identify potential archaeological sites in Egypt, Rome, and elsewhere in the former Roman Empire.
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The First Signs
Unlocking the Mysteries of the World's Oldest Symbols
Genevieve von Petzinger - 2017-03-28 (first published in 2016)
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“If you love mysteries, you’ll love this book. Genevieve von Petzinger acts as guide and sleuth in this fascinating, accessible, and fast-paced exploration of Ice Age artists and the evocative cave paintings they left behind” (Virginia Morell, author of Animal Wise and Ancestral Passions).In an adventure worthy of Indiana Jones, archeologist von Pe...
Sarah Parcak
I recommend the book The First Signs, by Genevieve Von Petzinger, who put forward this idea in a careful and measured way      source
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Cleopatra's Daughter
From Roman Prisoner to African Queen
Jane Draycott - 2023-04-18
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Years ago, archaeologists excavating near Pompeii unearthed a hoard of Roman treasures, among them a bowl depicting a woman with thick, curly hair and sporting an elephant-scalp headdress. For decades, theories circulated about her identity—until, at last, she was ascertained to be Cleopatra Selene, the only surviving daughter of Roman Triumvir Mar...
Sarah Parcak
This book looks wonderful.      source
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Min Jin Lee - 2017-02-07
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In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant--and that her lover is married--she refuses to be bought. Instead, she accepts an offer of marriage from a gentle, sickly minister pas...
Sarah Parcak
So... a confession. I finally, finally had time to read Pachinko this weekend, I know I know years after. I had a hard time letting go of the book, and the characters. What a delight. I think it felt more meaningful to me having visited S Korea. Time for Korean food 🤤      source
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Oryx and Crake
Margaret Atwood - 2004-03-30 (first published in 2003)
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Oryx and Crake is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future. Snowman, known as Jimmy before mankind was overwhelmed by a plague, is struggling to survive in a world where he may be the last human, and mourning the loss of his best friend, Crake, and the beautiful and elusive Oryx whom they both loved. In search of an...
Sarah Parcak
This is literally the plot of Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake, which has always been my favorite book of hers. Highly recommend.      source
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Meltem Demirors
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The Actual Star
A Novel
Monica Byrne - 2021-09-14
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David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas meets Octavia Butler’s Earthseed series, as acclaimed author Monica Byrne (The Girl in the Road) spins a brilliant multigenerational saga spanning two thousand years, from the collapse of the ancient Maya to a far-future utopia on the brink of civil war.The Actual Star takes readers on a journey over thousands of years ...
Sarah Parcak
This is, hands down, one of the best SciFi books I have read in years (was blessed w an ARC). Please preorder. Will be doing a review thread soon (by "review" I mean, "use every glowing adjective I know". Simply extraordinary). Will win ALL the awards. Calling it now.      source
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Draft No. 4
John McPhee - 2018-09-04 (first published in 2013)
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The long-awaited guide to writing long-form nonfiction by the legendary author and teacherDraft No. 4 is a master class on the writer's craft. In a series of playful, expertly wrought essays, John McPhee shares insights he has gathered over his career and has refined while teaching at Princeton University, where he has nurtured some of the most est...
Sarah Parcak
@BillCaraher Draft No 4 by John MacPhee is the single best book I read on book arcs and pacing. Leaves the others in the dust. King and Lamott and others are more aimed at fiction. Have them read Erik Larson Devil in the White City-nonfiction that reads like fiction.      source
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Jim Collins
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Somewhere In Time
Richard Matheson - 2008-07-01 (first published in 1975)
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Like What Dreams May Come, which inspired the movie starring Robin Williams, Somewhere in Time is the powerful story of a love that transcends time and space, written by one of the Grand Masters of modern fantasy.Matheson's classic novel tells the moving, romantic story of a modern man whose love for a woman he has never met draws him back in time ...
Sarah Parcak
@DrJenGunter The book on which it is based, Bid Time Return, is breathtaking      source
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Dead Famous
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Celebrity, with its neon glow and selfie pout, strikes us as hypermodern. But the famous and infamous have been thrilling, titillating, and outraging us for much longer than we might realise. Whether it was the scandalous Lord Byron, whose poetry sent female fans into an erotic frenzy; or the cheetah-owning, coffin-sleeping, one-legged French actre...
Sarah Parcak
Hi maybe read a book on the history of celebrities before you mouth off this utter BS? Try Dead Famous by @greg_jenner it’s brilliant and we’ve been obsessed w what celebs thought for HUNDREDS of years.      source
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The Devil in the White City
Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
Erik Larson - 2003-02-11
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Author Erik Larson imbues the incredible events surrounding the 1893 Chicago World's Fair with such drama that readers may find themselves checking the book's categorization to be sure that 'The Devil in the White City' is not, in fact, a highly imaginative novel. Larson tells the stories of two men: Daniel H. Burnham, the architect responsible for...
Sarah Parcak
@cmclymer He is one of the greatest writers alive today. I recommend ALL of books, esp the Devil in the White City.      source
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When Women Ruled the World
Six Queens of Egypt
Kara Cooney - 2018-10-30
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This riveting narrative explores the lives of six remarkable female pharaohs, from Hatshepsut to Cleopatra--women who ruled with real power--and shines a piercing light on our own perceptions of women in power today. Female rulers are a rare phenomenon--but thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt, women reigned supreme. Regularly, repeatedly, and w...
Sarah Parcak
This thread is fantastic, and big shoutout to @KaraCooney and her incredible book.      source
Three Stones Make a Wall by Eric H. Cline