Review: The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu

“The dampness and the rain are hastening the destruction of these and many other manuscripts," Haidara told me. "They should be returned to Timbuktu as quickly as possible," The drier air in Timbuktu acted as a kind of safeguard against fungal rot, though the arid climate of his hometown was also deleterious over time, causing unprotected pages to grow brittle and fall apart. " We have begun to see... mold, mildew, and fungus on paper and also on leather bindings.”

The God of Small Things

If Roy had set her characters into motion and given them drive, they may have given this book movement, energy, and excitement. Instead, it was like reading about an intricate painting that becomes more and more detailed every moment but is still static by the end.


Nathaniel Philbrick’s Mayflower covers one of the most significant moments in American history. I was surprised to learn that my mythological idea of the first Thanksgiving and the Plymouth Rock landing weren’t terribly far from the truth.

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