Friday, February 27, 2009

On point

Book recommendations: "Mono-histories," or popular biographies of certain everday objects or foods that are part of our daily lives. (Shelf Talk)

The pencil: a history of design and circumstance, by Henry Peroski - This lyrical book by a writer-engineer may be the grandparent of the many mono histories being published today. Originally published in 1989, it was highly praised. One of the jacket blurbs comes from Larry King, who notes “You will never feel the same about the pencil after you read this terrific book.” I have to agree.

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