Marilyn JOHNSON is the author of Lives in ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble and two other works of non-fiction,The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries and This Book Is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All.
The Dead Beat, a bestseller, was chosen as a Borders Original Voice and was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, and both The Dead Beat and This Book Is Overdue! received Washington Irving Book Awards. Lives in ruins is a Libraryread’s best book for November 2014, and one of Publishers Weekly’s 100 Best Books of 2014. A former editor and writer for Life, Esquire, and Outside magazines, Marilyn lives in Westchester County, where she co-founded the New Writers Center at SUNY Purchase.
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AUTHOR EVENT: Marilyn Johnson "LIVES IN RUINS: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble"
This event will be held at Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY.
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At this event author Marilyn Johnson will talk about her new book Lives in ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble, entertain questions from the audience and sign books.
In Lives in ruinsMarilyn Johnson, author of The Dead Beat and This Book Is Overdue! turns her piercing eye and charming wit to the real-life avatars of Indiana Jones—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.
Pompeii, Machu Picchu, the Valley of the Kings, the Parthenon—the names of these legendary archaeological sites conjure up romance and mystery. The news is full of archaeology: treasures found (British king under parking lot) and treasures lost (looters, bulldozers, natural disaster, and war). Archaeological research tantalizes us with possibilities (are modern humans really part Neandertal?). Where are the archaeologists behind these stories? What kind of work do they actually do, and why does it matter?
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"Marilyn Johnson’s Lives in ruins is an absorbing and entertaining look 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."
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Book-lovers beleaguered by the ascension of digital information can find solace in acclaimed writer Marilyn Johnson’s new work. Through smart and funny stories about both carbon- and binary-based information professionals, she provides us with an invaluable perspective on the cyber revolution and the ever-increasing necessity of librarians. (lemontwist)… (more)