Duck Duck Book


addendum to number 34
06.29.2006, 5:13 pm
Filed under: generalities, websites

Dear readers,
I am pleased to announce that I have completed a new booklist — one made with
my Multnomah County Library hat on:

Surprising histories : how small things have changed the world.
Portland, Ore. : Multnomah County Library, 28 June 2006.
[http://www.multcolib.org/books/lists/surprising.html]

Surprising Histories recommends books about objects.  One of my coworkers, who loves this particular genre of nonfiction, calls them “biographies of nouns.”

Each book takes the case of an object (or sometimes several related objects), examines its evolution, discovery, and/or invention, and discusses why it is important to human culture.  Long-term readers of Duck Duck Book may remember my fascination with this kind of literature from number 23, when I reviewed Tammy Horn’s Bees in America (Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, c2005).

Most of the books included in Surprising Histories are of relatively recent publication and should be available through your local library, even if you are not so lucky as to live here in the Rose City.

N.b.: Multnomah County Library has many other fabulous booklists on its webpage,
in sections devoted to books for adults, for teens, for kids, and books for babies.

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