Exciting: explore popular books on Google Maps Book Mash-up
Google Maps Book Mash-up matches popular books with the locations they are set in.
This is one of the most exciting ways to explore new books to read. Rather than following a favorite author or genre, you can start from your favorite location.
Google Maps Book Mash-up was created by Lovereading.co.uk, a site focused on finding new ways of recommending new books to read.
They say reading a book is the greatest form of escapism – but where we escape to changes from author to author and story to story. You could visit Narnia, Westeros, or just the West End of London.
When you enter the map, you’ll see the entire globe covered with book tags. You can zoom it to the country or city, and click on a book tag to reveal the book details. Besides the cover and title, you’ll find the exact location, and a short info about the book’s plot.
You can also type the country or city in the search box in the top left corner to get the immediate results.
Some books are missing. For example, you won’t find James Joyce’s Dubliners in Dublin. However, you can suggest new books to the Love Reading team, using a simple online form.
Book Mash-up is another, and most creative, example how Google Maps technology can be used to promote books, bookstores and libraries.
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A Woman of No Importance:
The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II
by Sonia Purnell
France was falling. Burned-out cars, once strapped high with treasured possessions, were nosed crazily into ditches. Their beloved cargoes of dolls, clocks, and mirrors lay smashed around them and along mile upon mile of unfriendly road. Their owners, young and old, sprawled across the hot dust, were groaning or already silent. Yet the hordes just kept streaming past them, a never-ending line of hunger and exhaustion too fearful to stop for days on end.
Ten million women, children, and old men were on the move, all fleeing Hitler’s tanks pouring across the border from the east and the north. Entire cities had uprooted themselves in a futile bid to escape the Nazi blitzkrieg that threatened to engulf them. The fevered talk was of German soldiers stripped to the waist in jubilation at the ease of their conquest. The air was thick with smoke and the stench of the dead. The babies had no milk, and the aged fell where they stood. The horses drawing overladen old farm carts sagged and snarled in their sweat-drenched agony. The French heat wave of May 1940 was witness to this, the largest refugee exodus of all time.
Day after day a solitary moving vehicle weaved its way through the crowd with a striking young woman at the wheel. Private Virginia Hall often ran low on fuel and medicines but still pressed on in her French army ambulance toward the advancing enemy. She persevered even when the German Stukas came screaming down to drop 110-pound bombs onto the convoys all around her, torching the cars and cratering the roads. Even when fighter planes swept over the treetops to machine-gun the ditches where women and children were trying to take cover from the carnage. Even though French soldiers were deserting their units, abandoning their weapons, and running away, some in their tanks. Even when her left hip was shot with pain from continually pressing down on the clutch with her prosthetic foot.
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