Sunday, June 24, 2018
Books

Notable: Reference books on alchemy, mythology and 'Oz'

Notable

All you ever wanted to know

And maybe more, in three new reference books on out-of-the-ordinary subjects.

The Chemistry of Alchemy: From Dragon's Blood to Donkey Dung, How Chemistry Was Forged (Prometheus Books) by Cathy Cobb, Monty Fetterolf and Harold Goldwhite, all chemistry professors, explores the links between alchemy and modern science — with instructions for 20 at-home demonstrations!

The Handy Mythology Answer Book (Visible Ink) by David A. Leeming is a scholar's compendium of information about mythologies of many cultures, with overviews and individual entries ranging from Gilgamesh to White Shell Woman.

The Wizard of Oz FAQ: All That's Left to Know About Life According to Oz (Applause) by David J. Hogan looks at the making of the iconic 1939 movie (from Toto's bad breath to how Over the Rainbow was almost omitted), the L. Frank Baum novels it's based on and its continuing effects on pop culture.

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor

 
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