Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks


So, I like maps.  If you had asked me prior to reading this book, I probably would have replied that I liked maps more than the average person.  Post-reading Maphead, as with so many hobbies, I have quite a journey to go on before feeling like a ‘true’ Maphead.  It is by Ken Jennings, of being-totally-good-at-Jeopardy fame.  His style of writing reminds me a bit of Bill Bryson; it is knowledgeable, humorous, and accessible.

& I know now I’d like to visit Victoria Island in the territory of Nunavut.  It is home to the world’s largest ‘triple island’ – that is, the world’s largest island in a lake on an island in a lake on an island.

Every chapter covered a new angle.  A few of these were: geocaching, road rallies (I’m thinking about signing up for the annual St. Valentine’s Day Massacre race), the National Geography Bee, & how maps are utilized in fantasy & science fiction novels.

One thought on “Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks

  1. I like the look of this book a lot. Also, Nunavut=a definite destination. And having your picture taken on Victoria Island would be like getting your picture taken at the tip of point Pelee. Very cool. Just a little less accessible…

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