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1LynnB
Dez. 26, 2007, 7:39pm

I got The Dirt on Clean for Christmas. Has anyone read it?

2LynnB
Dez. 28, 2007, 9:43am

Ok....I can answer my own question. I enjoyed this history of beliefs surrounding personal hygiene.

3fannyprice
Dez. 28, 2007, 1:16pm

I have not read it, but it sounds really interesting and a good addition for the libraries of those of us who are interested in social/commodity histories. I tend to think of them as very similar, since so many commodity histories are about the role of a thing in society.

4fannyprice
Dez. 29, 2007, 7:17pm

Ok, I've requested this book from the library but apparently its a new order for them, so I might not have it for a while. I am number 5 on the list.

5LynnB
Dez. 31, 2007, 4:36pm

Consider yourself lucky...my step-daughter is Number 120. (I loaned her mine)

6LynnB
Jan. 12, 2008, 5:43pm

I saw a biography of Santa Clause by Jerry Bowler at Chapters. Has anyone read this? Should I invest my poket money on it?

7fannyprice
Mrz. 8, 2008, 9:53pm

I got The Dirt on Clean from the library - have you read it yet, LynnB? Let's post our thoughts here when we're done!

8LynnB
Mrz. 9, 2008, 10:16am

Yes, I've read it...once you're done, I'll add my thoughts.

9fannyprice
Mrz. 9, 2008, 1:18pm

Here's my review

Overall, I enjoyed it very much, even though I would have liked a little more intellectual heft, I guess.

10LynnB
Mrz. 10, 2008, 5:37pm

I really agree with your review. I was fascinated by how beliefs have changed. People once feared bathing more than we fear dirt. And, the definition of "clean enough" seems to be continuously drifting higher and higher.

I enjoyed the side bars and quotes. It made the book light and easy to read. Like you said, not a lot of intellectual heft, but that was ok with me.