Underground: A Human History of the Worlds Beneath Our Feet

Underground: A Human History of the Worlds Beneath Our FeetA panoramic investigation of the subterranean landscape, from sacred caves and derelict subway stations to nuclear bunkers and ancient underground cities an exploration of the history, science, architecture, and mythology of the worlds beneath our feet n nWhen Will Hunt was sixteen years old, he disc

The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History

The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed HistoryAll textiles begin with a twist From colourful 30,000 year old threads found on the floor of a Georgian cave to what the linen wrappings of Tutankhamun s mummy actually meant from the Silk Roads to the woollen sails that helped the Vikings reach America 700 years before Columbus from the lace ruf

Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter

Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They MatterWinner of the 2019 PEN EO Wilson Award for Literary Science Writing n nIn Eager, environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb reveals that our modern idea of what a healthy landscape looks like and how it functions is wrong, distorted by the fur trade that once trapped out millions of beavers from North Amer

The Season: A Social History of the Debutante

The Season: A Social History of the DebutanteThe world of debutantes opens into a revealing story of women across six centuries, their limited options, and their desires n nDigging into the roots of the debutante ritual, with its ballrooms and white dresses, Kristen Richardson herself descended from a line of debutantes was fascinated to di

Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything

Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure EverythingDiscover 67 shocking but true medical misfires that run the gamut from bizarre to deadly Like when doctors prescribed morphine for crying infants When snorting skull moss was a cure for a bloody nose When consuming mail order tapeworms was a latter day fad diet Or when snake oil salesmen peddled

Heart: A History

Heart: A HistoryThe heart lies at the centre of every facet of our existence It s so bound up with our deepest feelings that emotional trauma causes it to change shape nPractising cardiologist Sandeep Jauhar beautifully weaves his own experiences with the defining discoveries of the past to tell the story of our m

Salt: A World History

Salt: A World HistoryFrom the Bestselling Author of Cod and The Basque History of the World n nIn his fifth work of nonfiction, Mark Kurlansky turns his attention to a common household item with a long and intriguing history salt The only rock we eat, salt has shaped civilization from the very beginning, and its story

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human CadaversStiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem For two thousand years, cadavers some willingly, some unwittingly have been involved in science s boldest strides and weirdest undertakings In this fascinating account, Mary Roach visits the goo

Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World

Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the WorldThe Cod Wars have been fought over it, revolutions have been triggered by it, national diets have been based on it, economies and livelihoods have depended on it To the millions it has sustained, it has been a treasure precious that gold This book spans 1,000 years and four continents From

At Home: A Short History of Private Life

At Home: A Short History of Private LifeHouses aren t refuges from history They are where history ends up n nBill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ord