Ex Libris Kirkland

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Subtitle A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler
First Written 2018
Genre Nonfiction
Origin Canada
Publisher Riverhead Books
ISBN-10 073522014X
My Copy library copy
First Read July 18, 2019

How to Invent Everything

This is a funny book in the guise of a nonfiction tome, in the vein of John Hodgman. But it's better! And I think mostly actually factual? I didn't check everything, but it's very entertaining while ALSO being chock full of amazing facts that make you want to read out loud to your spouse, who is falling asleep next to you and maybe doesn't care that all Haas avocados are direct descendents of a mysterious seed discovered in the 30s that nobody knows where it came from.

Noted on July 18, 2019

Europeans—who generally like to think of themselves as being a pretty savvy lot—managed to forget and then rediscover this fact about vitamin C at least seven more times over the next five hundred years, including rediscoveries in 1593 CE, 1614 CE, 1707 CE, 1734 CE, 1747 CE, and 1794 CE, until the idea finally stuck in 1907.

Quoted on July 18, 2019

Ex Libris Kirkland is a super-self-absorbed reading journal made by Matt Kirkland. Copyright © 2001 - .
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