Paper: Paging Through History

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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.2 X 9.3 X 1.5 inches | 1.9 pounds

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About the Author

Mark Kurlansky is the New York Times bestselling author of Milk!, Havana, Paper, The Big Oyster, 1968, Salt, The Basque History of the World, Cod, and Salmon, among other titles. He has received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Bon Appétit's Food Writer of the Year Award, the James Beard Award, and the Glenfiddich Award. He lives in New York City.


Illuminating....Kurlansky is a graceful writer and an industrious researcher.
Littered with amazing facts.--Lily Rothman
A beautiful thing to hold and feel, and it presents a fine argument for the retention of paper as an aesthetically lusty object.--Simon Garfield
Kurlansky's telling of this swift, crisp, and deft.--Reid Mitenbuler
An historical journey well worth the ride. [Kurlansky] has a deep instinct for telling detail, which he combines with a disarmingly fun narrative style. Kurlansky makes a compelling case that paper has always been a revolutionary force - a foundation for expression of every sort -- and that it is certainly not dead yet.--Elizabeth Taylor
Kurlanksy tells [the history of paper] vividly in this compact and well-illustrated book....He has a sharp eye for curious details....[and] offers a versatile introduction to this long and complicated history.--Anthony Grafton
Curious, vital, prolific, and witty.... Kurlansky's work makes brilliant use of paper as a key to civilization.