Coffee (Object Lessons)
From the Bloomsbury Object Lessons series, Coffee is a beautifully written meditation on the eponymous caffeinated drink. Dinah Lenney brings her prose to life with an energized style that keeps you zipping from one page to the next. With descriptions that make your belly ache for those sacred beans, you’ll find yourself pausing between chapters to brew yourself a cup.
What is so magical about this book is that it shows how coffee is more than just a way to wake up. It is a ritual, a way of remembering (places, moments, people, conversations), a community, and an excuse to pause and enjoy life’s little things.
This book is a great gift for any coffee drinker. Aside from Lenney’s more personal ruminations, Coffee also includes interesting facts, from history and legends to farming, roasting, and brewing techniques. Even for those who prefer other libations, this quick read has some of the finest prose. The writing is exemplary and would be excellent teaching material for creative non-fiction classes. Get your fill on this book’s language! Sit down with some a cup o’ joe and get to reading.
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