Oct 31, 2014

Nonfiction Book: Lives in Ruins by Marilyn Johnson

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Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble
Author: Marilyn Johnson
Expected publication: November 11, 2014; Harper
Genre: research, nonfiction

Book beginning:
Studying the people who study people 
No dinosaurs appear in these pages. If you are looking for scientists who study dinosaurs, you want to pick up a book about paleontologists. This is about archaeologists - people who study people and the things they leave behind - their bones, their trash, and their ruins. 
These brief excerpts from the book are from an uncorrected proof. The final copy may differ.

Page 56:
In Auel's hands (author of Clan of the Cave Bear), Ayla becomes a kind of ambassador between the slow, tough, paternalistic Neandertals and the flexible, innovative, woman-centered Homo sapiens. 
Publisher description: 
The author of The Dead Beat and This Book is Overdue! turns to the archaeologists who sort through the muck and mire of swamps, ancient landfills, volcanic islands, and other dirty places to reclaim history for us all. 
Where are the archaeologists behind these stories? What kind of work do they actually do, and why does it matter? 
 Marilyn Johnson’s book looks at the lives of contemporary archaeologists as they sweat under the sun for clues to the puzzle of our past. Johnson digs and drinks alongside archaeologists, chases them through the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and even Machu Picchu, and excavates their lives. Her subjects share stories we rarely read in history books, about slaves and Ice Age hunters, ordinary soldiers of the American Revolution, children of the first century, Chinese woman warriors, sunken fleets, mummies. 
What drives these archaeologists is not the money (meager) or the jobs (scarce) or the working conditions (dangerous), but their passion for the stories that would otherwise be buried and lost.
I am eager to get into this book. History and archaeology has always been an interest of mine!

Thanks to the publisher for an uncorrected proof of this book.


  1. I love the cover art. How could I resist. And to read about people who study people. I'd be studying people too!
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  2. I really love the beginning and the cover is awesome! Both of them grab your attention! Hope you enjoy it! :)

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  3. I too love history and I find archeology very interesting too.

    This one looks really good. A book about the lives of archeologists seems like such a good idea.

  4. I adore history and have always been incredibly intrigued by archaeology. I'd love to take a look at the real lives of archaeologists. Thanks for sharing! This is definitely going on my TBR. Thanks for sharing. I hadn't come across this one before but it definitely looks like my kind of book.

  5. This book does sound interesting, Harvee! History and archaeology are intriguing subjects to me as well. I hope you enjoy it.

  6. Sounds incredibly interesting.
    Happy Halloween and happy weekend!

  7. I love books like this. I always loved archaeology.

    Thanks for sharing...so interesting.

    Happy Halloween!!

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  8. Interesting opening. Thanks for sharing! :)

    Here's mine:

  9. Sounds like an interesting read.
    Here is my Friday 56!
    Have a great weekend.


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