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1 Stiff: The Curious Lives of...
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4 Salt: A World History
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5 The Devil in the White City...
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6 Bonk: The Curious Coupling ...
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7 Spook: Science Tackles the ...
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8 The Poisoner's Handbook: Mu...
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9 The Mother Tongue: English ...
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10 Longitude: The True Story o...
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11 Seabiscuit: An American Legend
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12 Wicked Plants: The Weed Tha...
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13 The Lost City of Z: A Tale ...
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14 In the Heart of the Sea: Th...
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15 The Man Who Loved Books Too...
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16 The Map That Changed the Wo...
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17 The Year of Living Biblical...
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18 Banana: The Fate of the Fru...
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19 The Botany of Desire: A Pla...
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20 Rabid: A Cultural History o...
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21 Death's Acre: Inside the Le...
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22 The Fortune Cookie Chronicl...
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23 Flow: The Cultural Story of...
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24 Mayflower: A Story of Coura...
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25 Brunelleschi's Dome: How a ...
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26 Cod: A Biography of the Fis...
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27 The Man Who Mistook His Wif...
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28 The Code Book: The Science ...
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29 Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Tim...
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30 The Disappearing Spoon: And...
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31 The Ghost Map: The Story of...
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32 Word Freak: Heartbreak, Tri...
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33 The Dirt on Clean: An Unsan...
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34 The Great Influenza: The St...
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35 What Jane Austen Ate and Ch...
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35 Guns, Germs, and Steel: The...
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37 The Suspicions of Mr. Which...
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38 Krakatoa: The Day the World...
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39 Endurance: Shackleton's Inc...
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40 The Emperor of All Maladies...
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41 The Drunken Botanist
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42 Over the Edge of the World:...
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43 Collapse: How Societies Cho...
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44 Still Life: Adventures in T...
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45 The Coming Plague: Newly Em...
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46 The Gashlycrumb Tinies (The...
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47 Michelangelo and the Pope's...
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47 Wicked Bugs: The Louse That...
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49 Cranioklepty: Grave Robbing...
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50 The Secret Life of Lobsters...
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51 Under the Banner of Heaven:...
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52 The Meaning of Everything: ...
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53 Ain't No Grave: The Life an...
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54 Maphead: Charting the Wide,...
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55 The Zen of Fish: The Story ...
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56 How the Irish Saved Civiliz...
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57 The Sex Lives of Cannibals:...
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58 Just My Type: A Book About ...
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59 Mauve: How One Man Invented...
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60 One Good Turn: A Natural Hi...
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61 Twinkie, Deconstructed: My ...
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63 The Neuropathology of Zombies
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64 The Knife Man: Blood, Body ...
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65 Eels: An Exploration, from ...
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66 The Island at the Center of...
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67 Sex Lives of the Popes
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68 Your Inner Fish: A Journey ...
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69 This Is Your Brain on Music...
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70 Nathaniel's Nutmeg: How One...
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71 The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
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72 Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and...
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73 The Big Necessity: The Unme...
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74 Pigeons: The Fascinating Sa...
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75 The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, ...
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76 On Ugliness
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77 Fordlandia: The Rise and Fa...
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78 Barbed Wire: A Political Hi...
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79 Damned: An Illustrated Hist...
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80 The Devil's Cup: A History ...
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81 Cats Are Not Peas: A Calico...
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82 The Potato: How the Humble ...
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83 Color: A Natural History of...
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84 Rabbit-Proof Fence: The Tru...
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85 A Fez of the Heart: Travels...
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85 Spillover: Emerging Disease...
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87 Birth: The Surprising Histo...
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88 The Wave: In Pursuit of the...
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89 Dreamland: Adventures in th...
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90 Starbucked: A Double Tall T...
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92 Literary Feuds A Century of...
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93 The Secret Life of Pronouns...
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94 Brothel: Mustang Ranch and ...
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95 The Bog People: Iron-Age Ma...
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96 Where the Wild Things Were:...
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97 The American Plague: The Un...
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98 Diamond: The History of a C...
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99 The Greatest Show On Earth:...
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Comments (showing 1-9 of 9) (9 new)

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message 1: by Angel (new)

Angel Wow, I thought I knew a good number of microhistories, but this list has a bunch of stuff that looks like good reading. I will be looking some of these up. :)


message 2: by Jessi (new)

Jessi James what a great list! :D can't wait to check this out more thoroughly after midterms. :]


message 3: by Fox (new)

Fox Fantastic list!


message 4: by Derek (last edited Nov 29, 2012 10:40PM) (new)

Derek Dewitt I want every single book on this list....


message 5: by Lilac (last edited Dec 27, 2012 02:28PM) (new)

Lilac Haha, great list!
Have you seen number 79?


message 6: by Gabriel (last edited Mar 12, 2013 07:03AM) (new)

Gabriel Derek wrote: "I want every single book on this list...."

Meeeeeeeeeeeeee Toooooooooooooooo


message 7: by Daphne (new)

Daphne This is one of my favorite lists! There are so many on here I want to read already or have already completed.

Guess I know where my preferences lie!


message 8: by Fox (new)

Fox Daphne wrote: "This is one of my favorite lists! There are so many on here I want to read already or have already completed.

Guess I know where my preferences lie!"


Definitely my favorite list as well. Why not find wonder in unexpected places?


message 9: by OddModicum Rachel (last edited Aug 01, 2014 05:42PM) (new)

OddModicum Rachel Oh wow... Brilliant. List. So many of these look outrageously good, and I'm primarily a reader of fiction, even. 'The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York' by Deborah Blum. Oh yes, please! I recently stumbled on a book about the history life and times of Ketchup, of all things, but haven't read it yet. ;)


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