Quickie recap: Over the years, clean has meant many things to many people - to us, it means soap and water, but to others, wetting the body was to be feared and "cleaning" was "achieved" through applying oils, or raking the skin, or simply changing one's shirt. From bath houses to deodorant commercials, Ashenburg explores a topic we can all relate to (though clearly some more than others).
Quickie review: Not since Mary Roach's Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers have I been so excited over a non-fiction book. Ashenburg is precise and well-researched, but the book thrives because she injects it with lively anecdotes. Ranging from the humourous to the outrageous, The Dirt on Clean serves as a reminder as to where plagues came from, and how germ warfare continues to be waged against us even today. Reading this actually made me giddy in a way that only a finely written book can.
Quickie recommendation: You have to love a book that can entertain AND inform. They're rare gems, so when you come across one, it's your duty to tell the world. Dear world: read it!
**Check it out in the book lounge!