Big Stories Told Small

Authors often write about expansive topics and big ideas in their books. Sometimes, though, they choose to write about smaller subjects that impact us all the same. Try a few of these microhistory books on topics you probably haven't thought much about - until now:

Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay
The Dirt on Clean: An Unsanitized History by Katherine Ashenburg
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach
Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel
Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus by Bill Wasik
Rain: A Natural and Cultural History by Cynthia Barnett
Spice: The History of a Temptation by Jack Turner
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach