Read It: All Over the Map

Leah LeMoineJune 3, 2019
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At 89 years old, Scottsdale retiree Charles Novak has finally found a place to hang his hat. For much of his first six decades, Novak was a rambling man, a surveyor for the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey. Starting in the 1940s, Novak lived in more than 60 small towns in 20 states as he helped map the last bits of uncharted land in the U.S. He details his adventures in Home Is Everywhere: The Unbelievably True Story of One Man’s Journey to Map America (Disruption Books, $26). His ruminations are as entertaining as they are illuminating, and his folksy reminiscences will stir your own for days gone by.

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