On Our Shelves Now
The Maps for Curious Minds series is back—with 100 vivid infographic maps that transform the way we understand the cultural and geographical wonders of North America
No matter how well you think you know North America, the 100 infographic maps in this singular atlas uncover a trove of fresh wonders that make the continent seem like the center of the universe. Did you know that North America is where the first T. rex was found? Or that it’s where you can visit the world’s biggest geode as well as its oldest, tallest, and largest trees—not to mention the world’s tallest and steepest roller coasters?! Brimming with fascinating insight (Who is the highest-paid public employee in each state?) and whimsical discovery (Where can you visit the world’s largest island in a lake on an island in a lake on an island?), this book highlights the unexpected contours of geography, history, nature, politics, and culture, revealing new ways to see North America—and the hundreds of millions who call it home.
About the Author
As a boy in the 1990s, Matthew Bucklan eagerly awaited each new issue of National Geographic. There were just so many places, and they were all uniquely captivating. His favorite part was the centerfold map, which he would explore for hours. As he grew older, the nascent internet opened up a whole new world of geography, letting him see people and news from all of the places that had previously been mere points on a map. This love of human geography eventually propelled him to the state geography bee; today, he still can’t look away from a great map. He lives in the Milwaukee area.
Victor Cizek still owns a picture atlas he got as a kid on a trip to Washington, DC, and sees it as a source of inspiration for him to make this book, along with his visual arts background and geographically minded coauthor Matt. He grew up in and lives in northeast Ohio, represented by a steel mill on that old atlas.
Ian Wright runs Brilliant Maps, one of the most popular cartographic sites on the internet. In addition to being a cartophile, he’s also a keen walker. In 2015, he combined these two passions to become the first person to walk all of the newly expanded London Tube map. Originally from Canada, he now lives in the UK.
An Indie Bestseller
“Information is beautiful and is beautifully arranged in the Maps for Curious Minds books. They’re a testament to the power of discovering facts and figures that you didn’t know you didn’t know. I have flicked back and forth through these books, (because they are perfect for dipping in and out of) exclaiming “I did not know that!” They’re those sorts of books.”—GeekDad
“Fascinating. . . . A captivating browse that will unobtrusively enlighten readers and upend things they thought they knew. . . . A great choice.”—Library Journal
“Maps that reveal facets of life on our continent in entertaining visual ways.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Very cool. These are great maps.”—Ken Jennings, Omnibus podcast host, record-setting Jeopardy! champion and co-host, and author of Maphead
“Whatever your interests, you are sure to find many surprises as you browse through this book.”—Kids’ BookBuzz
Praise for Brilliant Maps for Curious Minds
2019 Foreword INDIES Gold Winner
An Indie Bestseller
Outstanding Works of Literature (O.W.L.) Award Shortlist Winner—Gift Special Interest, 2019
A Junior Library Guild Selection
“Maps can tell you far more than where borders and beaches are located. Brilliant Maps for Curious Minds uses creative cartography to highlight assorted facts and figures.”—The Wall Street Journal
“Fascinating maps that show the world as you’ve never seen it.”—The Telegraph
“This simple book serves the schoolroom for all ages, the coffee table of any household, the shelf in any library, and a font of wonderfulness for any trivia gamer.”—New York Journal of Books
“Grouped into broad categories (culture and customs, history, nature, etc.), these maps cover topics serious and less so . . . Whether browsing or looking for report inspiration, this visual, trivia-filled offering will get teens thinking outside the box.”—Booklist
“Become enthralled by this one-of-a-kind atlas of 100 full-color, infographic maps. Each one reveals something about the world you’ve never considered before.”—The Hardwick Gazette