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  • Extraordinary archivist

    I missed this book on a Goodreads Giveaway, but I caught up with it as Whispersync on the cheap courtesy of BookGorilla. It combines histories of North Africa (especially Mali), Islam, religious scrolls and the people who have been protecting them, and so much more. The title's catchy, but it ought to be Bad-A Archivists, I think. One man made it his life's work to gather and protect scrolls from everywhere he could, despite extremists and other crazies. It is a very involved and often tense tale, but also written with a detail and sensitivity that makes it riveting. There is much to be learned here, and we all hope for positive change.

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  • The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu

    Well...not really the book I was hoping for. It definitely helped to shed some light on the fractured history of the region but wasn't as engaging as the title.

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