Nonfiction Monday: Big Wig by Kathleen Krull
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I recently went out in public wearing a bow tie with my hair completely slicked back. I was about to include a picture, but then I realized this is the internet and I may live to regret sharing said image.
This was not completely by choice. I was attending a 1930s themed wedding so I figured this is how a dude of the 30s just might have rolled. It made me think of how every period of time (and culture) in human history can in some way be defined by its hair. Big Wig: A Little History of Hair does a nice job of capturing the evolution and significance of hairstyles through the ages. As Kathleen Krull states in her author’s note, “the history of the world is the history of hair.”
Beginning with prehistoric Africa, each turn of the page highlights a different stage in hair and brings us closer to the modern day. Just about every stop along the way hits a different part of the world reveals something interesting. From Egyptians shaving their heads to fend off bugs, to Aristotle’s unusual (and, for the modern reader, disgusting) cure for baldness, the list of things that people done to their ‘dos is incredible.
Peter Malone’s gouache illustrations set a perfect tone. His refined style fits right in with the historical focus of the book, but also nicely conveys the frequent humor of the text.
A well-crafted title on a topic that doesn’t get much play, chances are your collection is in need of a book like this.
Review copy from publisher
Shout-out to my wife for bringing this book to my attention.
Find this book at your local library with WorldCat.
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