Seeking suggestions for interesting, wide-ranging books on seemingly mundane or trivial topics. Help, hive mind!
You all were so helpful in my last book recommendation hunt, I thought I'd pick your brains again.
In particular, the person I'm seeking a book for just finished and really loved The Phone Book: The Curious History of the Book That Everyone Uses But No One Reads
. He specifically loved that it seemed like a topic that couldn't possibly be worth an entire book, but that it turned out to be a fascinating read connecting all sorts of different moments in history.
He's looking for more good books in this vein, but everything he's finding is either just lists of random facts, or boringly written enough that they fail to elevate the mundane/trivial topic to the level of interest he's hoping for. He's open to any topic, but it should be seemingly unremarkable and without major significance, not books about a clearly influential topic/event that changed the world.
If it helps, the term for this seems to be "adoxography", although no one seems to know/use that word (including me), so it may not be terribly useful in finding things. I've sent him a giant list of possible microhistories, but personal recommendations are what's really called for here, to find the particularly good ones.