New York: Doubleday/Currency, 1997. First edition, third printing. Hardcover. Hardcover octavo in white DJ. xvii, 299 pages ; 21 cm. Fine in fine jacket. Item #90266
Abstract: In Glass, Paper, Beans, Leah Cohen traces three simple commodities on their geographic and semantic journey from her rickety table in the Someday Cafe to their various points of origin. And through the intimate portraits of three everyday workers - Ruth Lamp, a night-shift supervisor at the Anchor Hocking glass factory in Ohio; Brent Boyd, a third-generation lumberjack from Plumweseep, Canada; and Basilio Salinas, a man who tends the coffee trees at Pluma Hidalgo, Mexico - a whole new world of connections and values area realized as Cohen, Oz-like, draws the reader across time and continents. In prose both sophisticated and stunningly simple, Leah Cohen braids the lives of these three unforgettable workers as she traces the origins, myths, and manufacture of glass, paper, and the beloved coffee bean. || Material culture. Commercial products -- Social aspects. History. Fetishism.