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Musical instruments in art and history

Musical instruments; an illustrated history

The smoke of the gods: a social history of tobacco

Features women composers, performers, and patrons, even more musical contexts, and an expanded view of women in music outside Europe and North America. A popular university textbook, "Women & Music" is enlightening for scholars, a good source of programming ideas for performers, and a pleasure for other music lovers.

A history of mathematics: from Mesopotamia to modernity

Maritime Maryland: a history

In Cooked, Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements—fire, water, air, and earth—to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. Apprenticing himself to a succession of culinary masters, Pollan learns how to grill with fire, cook with liquid, bake bread, and ferment everything from cheese to beer.

Tokyo: a cultural and literary history

[a history of] π (pi)

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