Imagine being the first to float down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. That’s the story told in this great adventure book. John Wesley Powell and his companions didn’t know what challenges they would face. In 1869 when the group set out there were no available records about the river...
Book Genre: History
Perhaps the Bible of fermentation? Covers the gamut from history to philosophy to science to the art of fermentation, this book demonstrates the variety of ways people around the world have preserved foods in creative and practical ways. I can't wait to try my hand at sauerkraut and...
Sometimes I think goth, punk, and the retro styles now seen are variations on the flapper rebellion of the 1920s. Zeitz manages to bring scholarship to the topic without making the flapper's story too boring.
If you want to stay blissfully ignorant about Nancy Drew being a real person, put this book down!
What?! Why have we not heard more about this? Pictures and everything! If you think you've read everything there is to read on Egyptology, this will be a surprising read.
I don't think I would have picked this title up had a customer not recommended it to me. It is a fasicnating exploration of tolerance, treatments, and the language of madness.
Ever wondered about fortune cookies - where they come from and why? Those cute takeout containers? Why there are so many Chinese restaurants and why so many seem the same? This quick read helps answer those questions and explores other interesting factors related to America's love of Chinese (...
Niagara Falls lives in the American imagination as both a natural wonder and a national symbol. But what is its real value? The spiritually ennobling view of its torrential emerald waters? Its ongoing role as a hydropower colossus? Its kitsch cache as a tourist and honeymooner destination? In...
Haunting photographs set the tone for Harry Skrdla's beautifully written guide to the rise and fall of 30 tragically abandoned American structures. Each chapter explores decomposing edifices by category (industrial, transportation-related, commercial, public, residential and amusement),...
If you're a fan of NPR's This American Life, you know Sarah Vowell. She's as funny in print, witty and smart while educating you on detailed historical incidents not covered in primary school. The Lincoln assassination, yes, but Garfield and McKinley?
A book on cadavers doesn't seem like it could be funny, but author Mary Roach takes a humorous approach to a serious subject. A respectful and historical look at death and what happens to the bodies that are left behind. Filled with everything from plastic surgery to murder to medical miracles,...
Cathy McClure is a bright child, growing up in a picturesque small town minutes from the thundering splendor of Niagara Falls. Sent to work full-time in her father's drug store by age four as a treatment for hyperactivity, Cathy is a child circulating in an adult world. Day-to-day life with her...
Mort takes the reader around the world from Oaxaca to the Ivory Coast to Hershey, PA, to explore the depths of chocolate. It's a fascinating look at the culinary, political, sociological, economic, historical and health issues surrounding the food of the gods. If you like chocolate at all, you'...
This graphic novel is Satrapi's memoir of her adolescence in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Entertaining and educational, the text and the illustrations are memorable and fascinating.
Our beloved author of The Geography of Nowhere and Home From Nowhere, casts his New Urbanist eye on major cities near and far. This civic planning classic-to-be examines the historical development of Atlanta, Berlin, Boston, Las Vegas, London, Mexico City, Paris and Rome....
Another funny and insightful book from Hightower. The Bush-bashing genre produces much of the same but Hightower always has a different spin, a different angle. You'll learn a lot.
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