Lesser Beasts: A Snout-to-Tail History of the Humble Pig

If you order from Malaprop’s, Asheville’s independent bookstore, I’ll sign and dedicate the book before they mail it to you. You can also order from Indiebound, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble.

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“Splendid book…. A witty history of western civilisation … written in an understated and often amusing way.” —Guardian (full review)

“[An] entertaining study … a broad, well-researched book.” —Economist (full review)

“Essig’s account is fascinating, full of erudition and nuance.” —New Scientist (full review)

“Mark Essig’s savory history will provide you with hundreds of facts and anecdotes about the remarkable pig, so you’ll impress your friends and relatives around the fire pit.” —Garden & Gun

“[A] marvellous history.” —The Times of London

“Splendid…. Essig surveys the 10,000 year partnership of man and pig, a tumultuous affair full of accusation, fire and litigation.… A pleasure to read.” —Atlanta Journal Constitution

“The pages sizzle like bacon, and it’s tough to set aside.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Pigs are omnivorous. And so is Mark Essig. He has sifted the archival record to write a smart and thoroughly engaging social history of the curious entwinings of pig and man.” —John T. Edge, author of The Potlikker Papers

“A thoughtful book about the fascinating relationship between pigs and people, from Leviticus to Charlotte’s Web. I learned something new on every page: Essig has a knack for delivering reams of information with lightness and wit. Whether you eat pork or not, Lesser Beasts is a gripping meditation on the plight of pigs.” —Bee Wilson, author of Consider the Fork


Edison & the Electric Chair: A Story of Light and Death

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“Reads like a good novel.” —The Economist 

“[An] engaging and meticulously researched book. Edison & the Electric Chair delivers a thrilling jolt of discovery.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Steeped in historical scholarship and written with sober elegance.” —Newsday