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From the The New York Times best-selling author of Cod and Salt, a definitive history of paper and the astonishing ways it has shaped today’s world.
“Kurlansky’s book is published with a deckle edge finish, a process that replaces the regular clean-cut trim of a page with a jagged, pulped roughness... It is a beautiful thing to hold and feel, and it presents a fine argument for the retention of paper as an aesthetically lusty object, let alone one that’s thrived through centuries of change.” — The Observer
“Paper is not what you would call a learned book, but one learns an awful lot from it, all packaged in Kurlansky’s whipsmart prose.” — The Times
“The history of paper is a history of cultural transmission, and Kurlansky tells it vividly in this compact, well-illustrated book.” — The New York Times
“Kurlansky expertly argues a case for its [paper's] continuing survival.” — The Scotsman
“... a kaleidoscopic history, an engaging gift book for trivia and history fans of all kinds.” — The Irish Times