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

Spike Carlsen (Author)
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$24.99  $22.99
Publish Date
October 20, 2020
5.81 X 8.5 X 1.0 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Spike Carlsen is the author of seven books, including A Splintered History of Wood: Belt Sander Races, Blind Woodworkers and Baseball Bats, which was selected as a NPR Best Book of the Year for Gift Giving. He is former Executive Editor of Family Handyman magazine and has written articles for The Minneapolis Star Tribune, Men's Health, MAKE, Fine Homebuilding, Mother Earth News and other publications. He has made appearances on Modern Marvels, the CBS Early Show, Cabin Living, The Weekend Today Show, HGTV's 25 Biggest Renovating Mistakes and many other national radio and television shows. Spike is an avid cyclist and woodworker. He and his wife Kat live in Stillwater, Minnesota in close proximity to their 5 kids and 9 granddaughters. Visit him at spikecarlsen.com.


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)