Multcolib My Librarian Matt: The cultural history of things

Appetite for America
Appetite for America How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey Built A Railroad Hospitality Empire That Civilized the Wild West By Fried, Stephen Book - 2010 B-H3415f 2010 Available in some locations

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.

Chop Suey
Chop Suey A Cultural History of Chinese Food in the United States By Coe, Andrew Book - 2009 641.5951 C672c 2009 Available in some locations

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 .

Eiffel's Tower
Eiffel's Tower And the World's Fair Where Buffalo Bill Beguiled Paris, the Artists Quarreled, and Thomas Edison Became A Count By Jonnes, Jill Book - 2009 907.444361 J79e 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:A compelling account of the Eiffel Tower's creation and portrait of Belle Epoque France.

Rats Observations on the History and Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants By Sullivan, Robert Book - 2004 599.352 S951r 2004 Available in some locations

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.

Guns, Germs, and Steel
Guns, Germs, and Steel The Fates of Human Societies By Diamond, Jared M. Book - 2005 303.4 D537g 2005 Available in some locations

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.

Sweets By Richardson, Tim Book - 2002 641.853 R525s 2002 Available in some locations

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.

The Devil in the White City
The Devil in the White City Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America By Larson, Erik Book - 2004 364.1523 L334d 2004 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 4 on 21 copies

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,

Creamy and Crunchy
Creamy and Crunchy An Informal History of Peanut Butter, the All-American Food By Krampner, Jon Book - 2013 641.356596 K896c 2013 Available in some locations

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.

Ready for A Brand New Beat
Ready for A Brand New Beat How "Dancing in the Street" Became the Anthem for A Changing America By Kurlansky, Mark Book - 2013 323.1196073 K9687r 2013 Available in some locations

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.

At Home
At Home A Short History of Private Life By Bryson, Bill Book - 2010 643.1 B9166a 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Bryson takes readers on a tour of his house, a rural English parsonage, showing how each room has figured in the evolution of private life.

Chasing the Rising Sun
Chasing the Rising Sun The Journey of An American Song By Anthony, Ted Book - 2007 782.42164 A628c 2007 Available in some locations

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.

Words to Eat by
Words to Eat by Five Foods and the Culinary History of the English Language By Lipkowitz, Ina Book - 2011 422 L7646w 2011 Available in some locations

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.

The Ghost Map
The Ghost Map The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World By Johnson, Steven Book - 2006 614.514 J69g 2006 Available in some locations

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.