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Barbara Mertz/Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels/one of my single favorite people in the world has died.

I can't even say how sad this makes me. Right this minute I'm house-sitting for my junior high best friend's mom, who gave me copies of The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog and Murder Must Advertise for my twelfth birthday and basically set the agenda for who I was going to read and what I was going to be going forward.

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I don't even know who the heck that is. You may disown me now. Or, you might recommend the best title of hers to read, so I can add it to the interminable list. I haven't read any fiction (unless you count bedtime stories or memoirs) since January.
Ha! Like I would disown you. You're totally stuck with me, unless you spring for a rename token, and even then I'm still going to claim you.

Actually, both of her popular nonfiction books about ancient Egypt are really fun, and they were both revised fairly recently for maximum accuracy: Temples, Tombs and Hieroglyphs and Red Land, Black Land. Pair your research with Sesame Street: Don't Eat the Pictures and turn it into a homeschooling unit, or something. Sadly, you're on the wrong coast to cap it off with a trip to the Temple of Dendur.
I'm never on the wrong coast for long. We'll save it for 2016 or so. *envisioning taking Amtrak with kids from Philly to NYC*
:( :( nooo.

I need to buy some of the Vicky Bliss books for my e-reader...
I know! :( :( :(

Those are some of my never-fail comfort reads and I need to have them accessible at all times. Especially times like this.
I thought of you when I heard this last night. I was sad, of course, but it seems she passed away as she wanted, peacefully at home in her sleep, so at least there's that. But still: the world is immeasurably poorer without her. :(
Very true. And she had about one of the most awesome lives I can imagine, too!