Did Trojans Use Trojans?: A Trip Inside the Corner Drugstore

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 1, 2000 - Business & Economics - 208 pages
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Continuing his delightful tour of cherished American institutions, the writer who explored grocery stores in "Can You Trust a Tomato in January?" and hardware emporiums in "Did Monkeys Invent the Monkey Wrench?" now takes readers down the aisles of the corner drugstore, the heart of small-town America.

Staten re-creates the glorious array of salves, patent medicines and mysterious lotions packed on drugstore shelves, bringing to life the trusted pharmacist who explained it all. His charming stories will stir up a host of memories: the dating rituals conducted at the soda fountain; those life-changing decisions about hair coloring; and perhaps those whispered requests for condoms.


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Vince Staten is the author of ten previous books, including "Do Bald Men Get Half-Price Haircuts?" and "Do Pharmacists Sell Farms? (Did Trojans Use Trojans?" in paperback). His articles have appeared in the "Saturday Review, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Kentucky Monthly, Bon Appetit, " and others. He teaches feature writing at the University of Louisville and lives in Prospect, Kentucky, with his wife, Judy, (their son, Will, is a freshman in college), and a cat, Lassie.

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