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At Home: A Short History of Private Life At Home: A Short History of Private Life
By Bryson, Bill
2011-10 - Anchor Books
9780767919395 Check our catalog

With his signature wit, charm, and seemingly limitless knowledge, Bill Bryson takes us on a room-by-room tour through his own house, using each room as a jumping off point into the vast history of the domestic artifacts we take for granted. As he takes us through the history of our modern comforts, Bryson demonstrates that whatever happens in the world eventually ends up in our home, in the paint, the pipes, the pillows, and every item of furniture. …More


The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean
By Casey, Susan
2011-05 - Anchor Books
9780767928854 Check our catalog

For legendary surfer Laird Hamilton, hundred foot waves represent the ultimate challenge. As Susan Casey travels the globe, hunting these monsters of the ocean with Hamilton's crew, she witnesses first-hand the life or death stakes, the glory, and the mystery of impossibly mammoth waves. Yet for the scientists who study them, these waves represent something truly scary brewing in the planet's waters. With inexorable verve, "The Wave "brilliantly portrays human beings confronting nature at its most ferocious. …More


Coal: A Human History Coal: A Human History
By Freese, Barbara
2004-01 - Penguin Books
9780142000984 Check our catalog

The fascinating history of a simple black rock that has shaped the world--and now threatens it. In this remarkable book, Freese takes readers on a rich historical journey that begins hundreds of millions of years ago and spans the globe. …More

Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things
By Frost, Randy
Author Steketee, Gail
2011-01 - Mariner Books
9780547422558 Check our catalog

With vivid portraits that show the traits by which a hoarder can be identified, Frost and Steketee explore the compulsion through a series of compelling case studies, and illuminate the pull that possessions exert on all of us. …More

On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks
By Garfield, Simon
2012-12 - Gotham Books
9781592407798 Check our catalog

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Cartography enthusiasts rejoice: the bestselling author of "Just My Type" reveals the fascinating relationship between man and map. From the early explorers' maps and the awe-inspiring medieval Mappa Mundi to Google Maps and the satellite renderings on our smartphones, Garfield explores the unique way that maps relate and realign our history. …More

The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters
By George, Rose
2009-07 - Holt McDougal
9780805090833 Check our catalog

An utterly original exploration of the world of human waste, The Big Necessity takes aim at the taboo and reveals everything that matters about how people do--and don't--deal with their own waste. …More

Eiffel's Tower: The Thrilling Story Behind Paris's Beloved Monument and the Extraordinary World's Fair That Introduced It Eiffel's Tower: The Thrilling Story Behind Paris's Beloved Monument and the Extraordinary World's Fair That Introduced It
By Jonnes, Jill
2010-04 - Penguin Books
9780143117292 Check our catalog

Like "The Devil in the White City" and David McCullough's accounts of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, "Eiffel's Tower" combines technological and social history to create a richly textured portrayal of an age of aspiration, dreams, and programs. 44 photos. …More

Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World
By Koeppel, Dan
2009-01 - Plume Books
9780452290082 Check our catalog

Growing out of a "Popular Science" feature article, this work combines a pop-science journey around the globe with a fascinating tale of an iconic American business enterprise that takes readers into the high-tech labs where new bananas are literally being built in test tubes. …More

Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World
By Kurlansky, Mark
1998-07 - Penguin Books
9780140275018 Check our catalog

"A loving eulogy not only to a fish, but to the people whose lives have been shaped by the habits of the fish, and whose way of life is now at an end".--New York "Newsday". Illustrations. …More

Salt: A World History Salt: A World History
By Kurlansky, Mark
2003-01 - Penguin Books
9780142001615 Check our catalog

The bestselling author of "Cod" and "The Basque History" turns his attention to salt, a common household item with a long and intriguing history. In this multilayered masterpiece, Kurlansky explains how salt provoked and financed wars, secured empires, and inspired revolutions. …More

Books: A Living History Books: A Living History
By Lyons, Martyn
2011-10 - J. Paul Getty Trust Publications
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From the first scribbling on papyrus to the emergence of the e-book, this wide-ranging overview of the history of the book provides a fascinating look at one of the most efficient, versatile, and enduring technologies ever developed.

Milk: The Surprising Story of Milk Through the Ages Milk: The Surprising Story of Milk Through the Ages
By Mendelson, Anne
2008-10 - Knopf Publishing Group
9781400044108 Check our catalog

Part cookbook--with more than 120 enticing recipes--part culinary history, part inquiry into the evolution of an industry, "Milk" is a one-of-a-kind book that will change forever the way people think about milk. …More

The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago
By Perry, Douglas
2011-07 - Penguin Books
9780143119227 Check our catalog

Perry vividly captures Jazz Age Chicago to tell the true story of the murderesses who became media sensations and inspired the musical "Chicago." …More

The Toothpick: Technology and Culture The Toothpick: Technology and Culture
By Petroski, Henry
2007-10 - Knopf Publishing Group
9780307266361 Check our catalog

Like "The Pencil," Petroskis "The Toothpick" is a celebration of a humble yet elegant device. As old as mankind and as universal as eating, this useful and ubiquitous tool finally gets its due in this wide-ranging and compulsively readable book. …More

Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
By Roach, Mary
2009-04 - W. W. Norton & Company
9780393334791 Check our catalog

The bestselling author of "Stiff" turns her outrageous curiosity and infectious wit on the most alluring scientific subject of all: sex. 16 illustrations. …More

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
By Roach, Mary
2013-04 - W. W. Norton & Company
9780393081572 Check our catalog

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The irresistible, ever-curious, and always bestselling Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm that people carry around inside. …More

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
By Roach, Mary
2004-05 - W. W. Norton & Company
9780393324822 Check our catalog

Oddly compelling and often hilarious, Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries and tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them. …More

Bottlemania: Big Business, Local Springs, and the Battle Over America's Drinking Water Bottlemania: Big Business, Local Springs, and the Battle Over America's Drinking Water
By Royte, Elizabeth
2009-07 - Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
9781596913721 Check our catalog

In this intelligent, eye-opening work of narrative journalism, Royte does for water what Eric Schlosser did for fast food: she finds the people, machines, economies, and cultural trends that bring it from nature to the supermarkets. …More

Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman
By Wasson, Sam
2011-08 - Harper Perennial
9780061774164 Check our catalog

Audrey Hepburn is an icon like no other, yet the image many of us have of Hepburn--dainty, immaculate--is anything but true to life. Here, for the first time, Sam Wasson presents the woman behind the little black dress that rocked the nation in 1961. With a colorful cast of characters including Truman Capote, Edith Head, Givenchy, "Moon River" composer Henry Mancini, and, of course, Hepburn herself. 

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