Monday, April 2, 2018

Great non-fiction reads on Egypt...


The Nile:  A Journey Downriver Through Egypt's Past and Present by Toby Wilkinson

This is a fascinating and very readable book that starts in Aswan and takes you all the way to Cairo, stopping at all the important sites along the Nile. I loved Wilkinson's writing and all his fun facts and stories. And I learned a lot. If you're interested in Egypt at all, I highly recommend this book.



Down the Nile:  Alone in a Fisherman's Skiff by Rosemary Mahoney

This great read chronicles Mahoney's own trip down the Nile....alone in a small boat that she rows herself. (It sounds crazy, I know.) The people she meets and the sites she sees are so interesting. I like to read this kind of travel memoir, probably because I'm not brave enough to do something this adventurous and mad myself! But I'm glad Mahoney is.



The Seventy Great Mysteries of Ancient Egypt edited by Bill Manley

From the riddles of the sphinx to the lost tomb of
Amenhotep I to the Tutankhamen conspiracy, this tome covers many of the questions and mysteries of Egypt. It has short chapters and lots of beautiful color photographs. Best of all, if you're not interested in the chapters on royal boats or Necho and his fleet, you can just skip them.  I did!




Happy Reading!

12 comments:

  1. All of these sound interesting, especially the first one!

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    1. I really liked that one...if you have any interest in Egypt at all, it's a good read. :)

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  2. Looks like you have done your homework! This will enable me to do a little armchair traveling. :)

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    1. That's the kind of traveling I do best. ;D

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  3. Very good to have read these books beforehand. It enhances the trip and hope you have a great time in Egypt.

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  4. I love to read about places I'm going to go to as well. Hope all of these prepared you for your trip!

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    1. Even if they didn't, they were sure fun to read. :)

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  5. Fascinating reads! I also love reading about Cleopatra - Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff is excellent.

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    1. That does sound good! Thanks for the recommendation. :)

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  6. I have that second book, my husband read it and recommends it.

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