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.
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.