Stuff You Should Know: An Incomplete Compendium of Mostly Interesting Things

Flatiron: Macmillan. 2020. 304p. ISBN 9781250268501. $27.99. REF
Building on more than 1,600 episodes of the podcast Stuff You Should Know, Clark and Chuck Bryant, with research help from author and editor Nils Parker, cover 27 new topics. Exploring everything from pet rocks to Dr. Kevorkian, the authors display a gift for finding connections among seemingly random topics. Footnotes detail research techniques, often humorously, and Carly Monardo’s clean illustrations match the playful tone, depicting beard styles, dog smells, and more.
VERDICT Purchase this lighthearted, enlightening work for readers who don’t mind puns and some snark along with in-depth research.
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