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Seattle Picks: Microhistory

Thames
Thames The Biography By Ackroyd, Peter (Book - 2007 ) 942.2 Ac58T 2007 Available in some locations
The Dirt on Clean
The Dirt on Clean An Unsanitized History By Ashenburg, Katherine (Book - 2007 ) 391.64 As352D 2007 Available in some locations
Brilliant
Brilliant The Evolution of Artificial Light By Brox, Jane (Book - 2010 ) 621.3209 B826B 2010 Available in some locations
Just My Type
Just My Type A Book About Fonts By Garfield, Simon (Book - 2011 ) 686.224 G18J 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 29 copies
Mauve
Mauve How One Man Invented A Color That Changed the World By Garfield, Simon (Book - 2001 ) 666.257 G18M 2001 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 3 copies
Drink
Drink A Cultural History of Alcohol By Gately, Iain (Book - 2008 ) 641.21 G222D 2008 Available in some locations
The Alchemy of Air
The Alchemy of Air A Jewish Genius, A Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler By Hager, Thomas (Book - 2008 ) 540.92244 H1134H 2008 Available in some locations
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 J6375G 2006 Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 9 copies
Banana
Banana The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World By Koeppel, Dan (Book - 2008 ) 634.772 K8196B 2008 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 4 copies
Salt
Salt A World History By Kurlansky, Mark (Book - 2003 ) 553.63209 K9659S 2003 Available in some locations Holds: 8 on 6 copies
The Box
The Box How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger By Levinson, Marc (Book - 2006 ) All copies in use. Availability details
OK
OK The Improbable Story of America's Greatest Word By Metcalf, Allan A. (Book - 2011 ) 427.973 M5651o 2011 Available in some locations
Uncommon Grounds
Uncommon Grounds The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World By Pendergrast, Mark (Book - 2010 ) 338.17373 P373U 2010 All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 2 on 3 copies
For All the Tea in China
For All the Tea in China How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed History By Rose, Sarah (Book - 2010 ) 382.41372 R7208F 2010 All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 2 on 6 copies
The Most Powerful Idea in the World
The Most Powerful Idea in the World A Story of Steam, Industry, and Invention By Rosen, William (Book - 2010 ) 909.81 R7229M 2010 Available in some locations
Blood, Iron, & Gold
Blood, Iron, & Gold How the Railroads Transformed the World By Wolmar, Christian (Book - 2010 ) 385.09 W836B 2010 Available in some locations
Uranium
Uranium War, Energy, and the Rock That Shaped the World By Zoellner, Tom (Book - 2009 ) 546.431 Z73U 2009 Available in some locations

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These books focus on different time periods, but they all share a passion for viewing history and its larger themes through the examination of a singular object, event or idea. This list highlights readable narrative nonfiction. Many of the books study a seemingly insignificant object or concept and trace its fascinating impact throughout history.


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