Susan Freinkel is the author of American Chestnut.
Freinkel's tour of the history of plastic, as told through the stories of common, everyday items, benefits from Pam Ward's cheery and conversational narration. Exploring a material that dominates millions of lives, the author selects a handful of particularly familiar plastic objects-combs and credit cards, for example-and describes their development, design, and prevalence. Ward captures the spirit of Freinkel's prose, reading casually, even as she relates the environmental side effects of our collective addiction to plastic. A Houghton Mifflin Harcourt hardcover. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.