Pumpkin: The Curious History of An American Icon
In this fascinating cultural and natural history, Cindy Ott tells the story of the pumpkin. Beginning with the myth of the first Thanksgiving, she shows how Americans have used the pumpkin to fulfill their desire to maintain connections to nature and to the family farm of lore, and, ironically, have revitalized small farms and rural communities in the process. And while the pumpkin has inspired American myths and traditions, the pumpkin itself has changed because of the ways people have perceived, valued, and used it.
Pumpkin is a smart and lively study of the deep stories hidden in common, everyday things and the power of those things to make profound changes in the world around us.
Pumpkin in the News:
Read: Time Magazine published a terrific story about Pumpkin to celebrate the start of the 2017 autumn season. Read the online the version here or see the print version in the October 2, 2017 issue of Time Magazine.
Read: “Haters Call Pumpkin-Spice Craze an ‘Epidemic’: In Beer, Hummus and Dog Food, No Dodging the Taste of the Season” in The Wall Street Journal, November 25, 2014.
Read: Michael Kammen’s review of Pumpkin in the Journal of American History
Barnes and Noble Featured Book in fall 2013
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