A Walk Around the Block: Stoplight Secrets, Mischievous Squirrels, Manhole Mysteries & Other Stuff You See Every Day (and Know Nothing About)

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5.81 X 8.5 X 1.0 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Spike Carlsen is an editor, carpenter, woodworker, and author of the award-winning A, which was featured as an NPR "Best Books of 2008" and 2008 MBA Midwest Connections Pick. Carlsen is a former executive editor of Family Handyman magazine, and has written for many other publications.


Writing in the mode of Edward Humes, David Owen, and Mary Roach, Carlsen offers an eye-opening and exuberantly informative walk-around-the-block tour that is made-to-order for this time of necessary at-homeness.--Booklist (starred review)
No neighborhood walk will ever be the same after Spike Carlsen reveals to you the extraordinary origins of your ordinary surroundings. His grand storytelling style will make you wonder why you've always taken for granted alleyways, asphalt, and manhole covers, and how your ancestors could ever have lived without them. --Rebecca Martin, technical editor, Mother Earth News and Grit
Carlsen takes 'mundane' objects and illuminates their importance to society, creating a unique book that will have readers looking at everyday objects in different ways.
--Library Journal
"An entertaining and informative read"--Physics Today
"A Walk Around the Block succeeds in making the mundane fascinating, opening our minds (and front doors) to an everyday world easily taken for granted."--Bookpage (starred review)