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Bananas
An American History
Written by Virgina Jenkins


Format: Trade Paperback, 210 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: August 17, 2000
Price: $16.95

Before 1880 most Americans had never seen a banana. By 1910 bananas were so common that streets were littered with their peels. Today Americans eat on average nearly seventy-five per year. More than a staple of the American diet, bananas have gained a secure place in the nation’s culture and folklore... Read more >

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The Lawn
A History of an American Obsession
Written by Virgina Jenkins


Format: Trade Paperback, 246 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 17, 1994
Price: $18.95

Lawns now blanket thirty million acres of the United States, but until the late nineteenth century few Americans had any desire for a front lawn, much less access to seeds for growing one. In her comprehensive history of this uniquely American obsession, Virginia Scott Jenkins traces the origin of the front... Read more >
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