Peanuts for your brain,
This review is from: Turn and Jump: How Time & Place Fell Apart (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Program (What's this?)This book is not quite a historical tome, not quite a stream-of-consciousness exposition. In it, the author skips over topics like a stone, amusing us with ever-widening ripples, but not a whole lot of depth.
The subject matter ranges from Vaudeville (take your *turn* on stage, then *jump* on the train to the next gig), to train timetables (necessitating time zones), to water tables (remember the time the lake flooded?), to grocery stores (changing with the times), to the Old Homestead (a simpler time), to King Philips War (from colonial times to the present). Overall is the changing nature of humanity's relationship with time.
I amused myself by making sociological parallels between the rise of the railroads and the rise of the Internet (all of a sudden everything is happening too fast. Commerce will never be the same. And the Old Homestead looks a lot like Farmville). YMMV.
This is one of those books that readers will either love or hate. If you devour historical trivia like salted peanuts, you'll be on the love side. If you hated social studies in high school, not so much.