Wednesday, February 20, 2008


Didn't have anything to read at lunch a few weeks ago at work, so I grabbed Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World. I'd heard in the news a few years ago of the "banana scare" - that, because of disease and the sterile nature of the banana plant, the world would be banana-less within twenty years. Turns out this was a gross exaggeration; not only are there thousands of kinds of bananas, most of which are disease resistant, most of them are not sterile either. It's just our familiar grocery store banana, the Cavendish, that is in danger. This is the story of the banana - where it came from and were it might be going. Pretty interesting, a great member of one of my favorite nonfiction genres: the "history-of-a-specific-thing." There's got to be a better term for that. Maybe I should invent one...

Book 9

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