The Way We Are

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HarperCollins, May 15, 2012 - Literary Collections - 336 pages
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This marvellous collection of over 60 pithy essays inspired by Visserís column in Saturday Night magazine explores the cultural significance of everyday objects and phenomena such as jelly, high heels, beards, the colour red, tap-dancing and the Easter Bunny.

  

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User Review  - AwesomeAud - LibraryThing

Both Mr. Awesome and I have read it, now. We both enjoyed it. It's a collection of essays printed in the Globe and Mail in the 1990's. Ms Visser has an interesting take on the world, and looks at ... Read full review

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User Review  - Meg - Goodreads

A co-worker loaned me this book after I told him about Bill Bryson's Made in America, about the etymology of English in America, which I really hadn't liked. I guess the idea was that maybe I would ... Read full review

Contents

KNITTING
SOUR GRAPES
SWIMSUITS
MENUS
WEARING BLUE
UNCIVILIZED TO CONTEMPLATE
SANTA CLAUSS SIGNIFICANT OTHER
STRIPES

NO VIRGINIA
HIGH HEELS
AN APOTHEOSIS
IN FLAGRANTE DELICTO
TIPS OF THE SLONGUE
GREETINGS
BEARDS
AVOCADOS
TIPPING
VACATIONS
ENGLISH SPELLING OR WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE PHTHEIGHCHOUND FOR A GHOTI?
UMBRELLAS
TAKING OVER THE STREET
BLUSH CRINGE FIDGET
BELLS
THE FEBRUARY FEAST
CAVIAR
THE PROFESSIONALS
THE LEFT HAND
WEDDING CAKE
TAKING A SHOWER
CROSSWORD PUZZLES
SITTING PRETTY
GLOVES
THE FIREPLACE
GREAT EXPECTORATIONS
WIGS
THE EASTER BUNNY
I MEAN YOU KNOW LIKE
VINEGAR AND THE SEARCH FOR SOUR
MAHOGANY
THE JOY OF JELLY
SYNAESTHESIA
RUNS WRINKLES SEAMS AND SNAGS
CHRISTMAS PUDDING
HEARTS
FASTING
THE NEW ICE AGE
BRIGHTEYED BUSHYTAILED SERVES SIX
TAPDANCING
BROAD BEANS
CHEWING GUM
ILL NEVER FORGET WHATSHISNAME
SEEING RED
PAYING ATTENTION TO SNOW
SOUP OF THE EVENING BEAUTIFUL SOUP
INDEX
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Also by Margaret Visser
About the Author
Copyright
About the Publisher
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About the author (2012)

MARGARET VISSER is an award-winning author and essayist. Her previous five books, all bestsellers, have met with international acclaim. Much Depends on Dinner won the Glenfiddich Prize for Food Book of the Year and was named one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly and The New York Times. The Rituals of Dinner won the IACP Literary Food Writing Award and the Jane Grigson Award, and was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her most recent book, The Geometry of Love, also the subject of a prize-winning documentary film, was a finalist for the Charles Taylor Prize. A professor of classics at York University for 18 years, she now devotes her time to research and writing. Visser lives in Toronto, Paris and the south of France.

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