The archaeologist's dilemma: salvaging the past is a hard way to live.
Are librarians obsolete in the Google era? They couldn't be more important
A former obituary writer celebrates the cult and culture of obituaries
Why were people so shattered when this rogue princess died?
After an early life controlled by her mother and her Hollywood studio, nobody would tell her how to live.
A salute to the great actress from Life Book's Katharine Hepburn: 1907-2003
He was talented and careless and pain followed him wherever he hid.
An avid readerís wry take on books, past and present
Essential preparation for parenthood: visiting a toystore, watching cartoons.
Marilyn Johnson

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Coming November 11, 2014, from HarperCollins

After writing about obituarists in The Dead Beat and about librarians and archivists in This Book Is Overdue!, I began to explore the world of archaeologists. What does it take to dedicate yourself to the hidden past, and why does it matter? Iíve been chasing archaeology professionals for three years now, and the result, a new book titled Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and Seductive Lure of Human Rubble, will be published in November by Harper.

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