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I remember when we first moved into the house my parents built that there was no carpet in the living room and dining room. It took them a few years to save up for carpeting and furniture. Those rooms became a playground where I could play hopscotch and make a mess without any worries.
But then we got carpet and it was mauve. That's what happened in the late 80s early 90s! Black chairs, grey couch, black lacquer coffee tables with brass trim and mauve carpet. Once that carpet was laid there was no more playing in the living room.
Every time I see a book I want to read I add it to my wish list. Some books I want to have as a permanent fixture in my library, but others I can just check out from the public library. I don't always remember why I added a book to the list or where I saw it, but this one I do remember.
I used to subscribe to Selvedge magazine and it is one of my favorites, but I just can't justify the expense. They had written a review of Mauve: How one man invented a color that changed the world by Simon Garfield.
This book is fascinating. At first it is a bit dry but then you get this sweeping picture of the dramatic shift industrialization is having on education and people's lives in Great Britain. It was amazing to see how one color had such an impact on a nation.
If history is your thing and the color mauve doesn't frighten you off then I highly recommend this book. I'd say 4 out of 5 stars.
You'll notice this month's list is a little light on books! Mauve was the only book that I finished, but I'm in the middle of reading about 5 other books right now. I'm not very good at picking a book up and reading it from start to finish, especially if it has a lot of dense information. I need to pick it up, read a chapter and take some time to digest that information. Next month's list should be longer.