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Friday, August 31, 2007

Micro Histories

You may not recognize the term, but you’ll definitely recognize the books when you encounter them. Micro histories are those non-fiction musings on the history of a particular thing. Here’s a few to try:

The Story of Salt by Mark Kurlansky

The Cloudspotter’s Guide: The Science, History and Culture of Clouds by Gavin Pretor-Pinney

One Good Turn: A Natural History of the Screwdriver and the Screw by Witold Rybczynski

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

Blue: The History of a Color by Michel Pastoureau

Prayer: A History by Philip Zaleski, Carol Zaleski

Aspirin: The Remarkable Story of a Wonder Drug by Diarmuid Jeffreys

Check out more micro histories at Squidoo. And if you have a favorite, let us know.

You’re Invited

September 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Technology Book Club. Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything by Don Tapscott and Anthony Williams. First selection for a new book discussion group at the George Mason Regional Library.

September 6 at 12:15 p.m.
Daytime Book Discussion Group at the Kingstowne Library. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck.

September 7, 12:30 PM - 2:30 p.m.
Knitting for Beginners at the Martha Washington Library. Bring your own supplies.

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