Although there is a biography of the original Rin Tin Tin woven throughout this book, it is really about the franchising of an ideal (both a film and through Rinty’s actual progeny) and how that ideal has influenced our relationship to our pets (now more often like members of our families rather than working animals). An interesting social commentary.
Americans eat more bananas than apples & oranges combined, and in some cultures, it acts as a primary food source; yet not much is known about this baffling fruit. Even more mysterious is whether it will survive. Koeppel takes readers into an oftentimes tragic and hilarious banana sub-culture (yes, one does exist) of this seedless fruit, combining science, pop culture and business into a fascinating expos