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The Archaeology of Writing

All over the world, but not of it. Hemisphere-hopping wife, mother, author, angler, and seminary graduate. Represented by Books & Such Literary Agency.

Currently reading

The Luminaries
Eleanor Catton
America's Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East
Hugh Wilford
Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune
Paul Clark Newell Jr., Bill Dedman
Blood and Beauty
Sarah Dunant
The Last Camellia
Sarah Jio

The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible

The Aleppo Codex: The True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the International Pursuit of an Ancient Bible - Matti Friedman I am a history geek and seminary graduate, and I really enjoyed The Aleppo Codex. It's well-researched, well-written, and enlightening. It provides an excellent historic context for understanding today's Middle Eastern conflict, as well as reveals aspects of the Jewish diaspora and state's early government that help me comprehend tensions in the region by adding layers of detail.

I've read extensively about the formation of the State of Israel—both contemporary and historic accounts—and this book brings missing puzzle pieces to my understanding of the Middle East as it exists now.

Highly recommended.