David Macaulay's Books

In 1991, when my first daughter was 9 months old, we decided that we would teach her ourselves. Thinking about her education and how best to teach her as she grew up, I remembered an article that I had read in Reader's Digest years earlier. I wanted my daughter to someday enjoy its humor and its insightful parody of  archaeology.

In the process of looking for my lost article, I discovered that it had been condensed from a book, Motel of the Mysteries. Motel tells the story of the ancient civilization of Usa, which was buried under the weight of an avalanche of junk mail on a single day in 1985. Over 2000 years later, Howard Carson and his assistant Harriet Burton have found themselves at the bottom of a shaft, facing an undisturbed burial chamber and the secrets that lay beyond its door.

The burial chamber is in fact an old hotel room. The conclusions that Howard and Harriet make lead us to wonder how much of archaeology is deducation and how much is speculation.

Since those early days, we've enjoyed most of Macaulay's books as well. Any child with an interest in science, history, art, architecture, or engineering would benefit from these delightful books.

Black and White
Building Big
Building the Book Cathedral
Built to Last
Cathedral, The Story of its Construction
City, A Story of Roman Planning and Construction
Great Moments in Architecture
Motel of the Mysteries
The New Way Things Work [formerly, The Way Things Work]
Rome Antics
The Way We Work
Why the Chicken Crossed the Road

(Baa is a low population growth/ZPG fable. Not especially recommended.)

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