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Ice by Amy Brady
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Jun 06, 2023 | ISBN 9780593422199

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“You can’t possibly imagine what’s inside this cover! Fidel Castro is there, eating 18 scoops at a sitting and negotiating with Canada so US sanctions won’t cut off access to his beloved HoJo’s. People are skating on summertime rinks of hog fat. Ice men are stealing housewives’ hearts and bars are hiring teams of “shaker boys” to keep up with America’s sudden passion for iced cocktails. Machine-made ice goes from blasphemy to medical miracle to environmental disaster. In Amy Brady’s expert hands, ice is sexy, mysterious, funny, and endlessly fascinating.” —Mary Roach, author of Fuzz and Stiff

“Amy Brady has written a sweeping historical narrative on a uniquely cool topic in a style that is both thoroughly informative and buoyantly engaging.” —Timothy Winegard, author of The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator

Ice is a fortune teller’s ball in which we can glimpse who we were, what we have become, and, perhaps, most importantly, where we might be going. In this crisp account of an often-overlooked subject, Amy Brady takes readers on an endlessly engaging journey into the heart of our “ice-obsessed” culture, asking whether we control our desires or if they control us.” —Elizabeth Rush, author of Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore

“Whether you eat it, skate on it, or plop it in your cocktail, ice is part of your life. In prose as crystalline as a frozen pond, Amy Brady’s Ice details the history of this civilization-shaping substance—one that climate change melts faster every day. You’ll never view a freezer, a popsicle, or the Winter Olympics the same way after reading Brady’s delightful ode to an enigmatic, indispensable state of matter.” —Ben Goldfarb, author of Eager: The Surprising, Secret Lives of Beavers and Why They Matter

“A life without ice? I could not, but people shockingly did for thousands of years until the arrival of the brilliant people at the center of Amy Brady’s colorful history of a world-changing substance. Amy weaves a deliciously chilled and masterfully written tale of creativity and innovation that resulted in—among so many things—cocktails on the rocks, life-saving vaccines, and the entire sport of hockey. Talk about refreshing!”Daniel Stone, author of The Food Explorer, The True Adventures of a Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats

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