Drinking Water: A History

by James Salzman | Nonfiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 9781468314908 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 5/26/2019
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Sunday, May 26, 2019
I found this softcover in this Little Free Library in Wilmington NH while dropping off some books of my own. It's a "biography of things" about the history of drinking water. (The author's preface includes one of the better definitions of "biography of things" that I've seen; referring to the inspiration of Mark Kurlansky's books, he calls them "works that tell the history of the world through the prism of a commodity".)

From myths about miraculous fountains to urban nightmares surrounding disease outbreaks caused by tainted water sources, to the faux-cachet of "designer" brands of bottled water, to the disaster caused by the contaminated water supply of Flint, Michigan, the book touches on many aspects of potable water - vital, often taken for granted, and increasingly a factor in political negotiations.

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Thursday, December 16, 2021

Released 1 yr ago (12/16/2021 UTC) at Nashua, New Hampshire USA


I'm adding this book to the Biographies of Things bookbox - bookbox-journal here. The box will be on its way to its next stop soon; hope people enjoy the selection!

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Journal Entry 3 by winginnaewing at Aurora, Colorado USA on Sunday, December 26, 2021
Arrived in Colorado aboard the Biographies of Things bookbox.
This book will be continuing its journey!

Journal Entry 4 by wing6of8wing at Silver Spring, Maryland USA on Friday, January 6, 2023
Finally ready to start another round of the Biographies of Things book box, which means I have to realize that I never catalogued the ones that were in the box when it returned to me. This one is good for another round.

Journal Entry 5 by wing6of8wing at -- Bookbox, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA on Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Released 2 mos ago (1/26/2023 UTC) at -- Bookbox, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA


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Journal Entry 6 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Monday, January 30, 2023
I'm claiming this one from the latest round of the Biographies of Things bookbox.

Journal Entry 7 by wingGoryDetailswing at Little Free Library, Whitney Rd in Stow, Massachusetts USA on Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Released 1 mo ago (1/31/2023 UTC) at Little Free Library, Whitney Rd in Stow, Massachusetts USA


I left this book in this handsome lighthouse-themed Little Free Library; hope someone enjoys it!

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