Listen to a Microhistory with Hoopla Audiobooks
Find yourself staring at your walls? What better time to listen to a microhistory of walls or some other everyday object or practice! You can download these always available downloadable audiobooks on the Hoopla app or website.
2014 by O'Connell, Libby HaightGet this item
Listeners with short attention spans will feast on this audiobook's one hundred bite-sized histories of American food stuffs from maize to molecular cuisine.
2012 by Wilson, BeeGet this item
Consider the fork, indeed. Also other culinary tools and practices from chopsticks to sou vide cooking. You can't ask for a more entertaining or engaging guide than Bee Wilson who even makes a valiant attempt to explain the British habit of boiling vegetables to soggy mush.
2019 by St. Clair, KassiaGet this item
We live in a world awash in fabric but for most of human history people valued every fiber they could procure be it wool, cotton, silk, or something else. In elegant prose, Kassia St. Clair takes her readers on a journey from mummy wrappings to the Space Age.
2005 by Standage, TomGet this item
As someone who regularly consumes four of the six beverages (beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and soda) whose histories are explored by Tom Standage, I was fascinated by this audiobook from beginning to end. Along with Mark Kurlanky's Salt, this is one of the best known microhistories.
2012 by Worsley, LucyGet this item
British historian and palace curator Lucy Worsley knows her way around bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, and other corners of the home. Here she cheerfully shares the history of these places and generally makes you glad you live in the present day.
2017 by Kang, LydiaGet this item
Warning! You might injure yourself laughing at this history of medical practices that manages to be simultaneously grisly, appalling, and hilarious. Why on earth did medical authorities recommend smoke enemas to treat those rescued from drowning? And how exactly were they administered?
2018 by Herman, EleanorGet this item
Thankfully we live in a world where deliberate or accidental poisonings are rare. That wasn't the case for most of human history as this audiobook makes clear. More morbid merriment for listeners with a taste for the macabre.
A Short History of Drunkenness: How, Why, Where, and When Humankind Has Gotten Merry From the Stone Age to the Present2017 by Forsyth, MarkGet this item
Drunkenness may a scourge but it lends itself to humor as this audiobook abundantly demonstrates. You'll wish it were much longer than its 5.5 hours and might decide that Prohibition wasn't such a bad idea.
2017 by Collingham, E. M.Get this item
A history of Britain's eating habits may seem specialized or limited, but this is really a culinary history of the entire globe, so great was the reach of the British Empire. The discussion of sugar alone justifies the time spent with this audiobook.