Multcolib My Librarian Matt: The cultural history of things
Annotation:Fred Harvey helped shape American culture and history for three generationsand still influence our lives today in surprising and fascinating ways. Award-winning journalist Stephen Fried re-creates the life of this unlikely American hero whose remarkable family business civilized the West and introduced America to Americans.
Annotation:Andrew Coe traces the fascinating story of America's centuries-long encounter with Chinese food. ChopSuey tells how we went from believing that Chinese meals contained dogs and rats to making regular pilgrimages to the neighborhood chop suey parlor .
Annotation:A compelling account of the Eiffel Tower's creation and portrait of Belle Epoque France.
Annotation:Behold the rat, dirty and disgusting. The author of "A Whale Hunt" now turns the lowly rat into the star of the most perversely intriguing, remarkable, and unexpectedly elegant book of the season.
Annotation:Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Guns, Germs, and Steel is a brilliant work answering the question of why the peoples of certain continents succeeded in invading other continents and conquering or displacing their peoples.
Annotation:Drawing from science, geography, history, and literature, Tim Richards looks at confectionery commodities, such as sugar and chocolate, and the origins of individual sweets, including chewing gum and marzipan for an eye opening perspective on our sweet world.
Annotation:Erik Larson intertwines the true tale of the 1893 World's Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling,
Annotation:The story of peanut butter is the story of twentieth-century America, and Jon Krampner writes its first popular history, rich with anecdotes and facts culled from interviews, research, travels in the peanut-growing regions of the South, personal stories, and recipes.
Annotation:Released on July 31, "Dancing in the Street" was supposed to be an upbeat dance recording--a precursor to disco, and a song about the joyousness of dance. But events overtook it, and the song became one of the icons of American pop culture.
Annotation:Chasing the Rising Sun is the story of an American musical journey told by a prize-winning writer who traced one song in its many incarnations as it was carried across the world by some of the most famous singers of the twentieth century.
Annotation:English food words tell a remarkable story about the evolution of our language and culinary history, revealing a collision of cultures from the time Caesar first arrived on British shores to the present day. Words to Eat By explores the stories behind five of our most basic food words, words which reveal our powerful associations with certain foods.
Annotation:A massive cholera epidemic rages in London. The how, why, and cultural history of it are explored in this fascinating read.
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There's more than meets the eye to an invention or innovation. Identifying the cultural histories allows for better understanding of why and how things exist. These selections examine what shaped common and extraordinary things.