Bloomsbury, 2017

Unraveling the sock’s history, construction, and necessity, reintroduces us to our own bodies—vulnerable, bipedal, and flawed—by examining this most common of objects, something we daily tug on and take off with hardly a thought. Sock (part of Bloomsbury's Object Lessons series) reminds us that extraordinary secrets live in mundane material realities, and reveals how this floppy, often smelly, sometimes holey piece of clothing—whether machine made and ordered online or hand knit and given as a gift—can also serve as an anatomy lesson, a physics primer, a love letter, a weapon, a fetish, or a fashion statement.

"If a book called Sock makes you think, 'Twenty-five-thousand words on socks? Uh, no,' then you’re unclear on the concept. You’re also missing out on a thoroughly delightful discussion."
—Washington Independent Review of Books

"Sock reflects on the brilliance present in the minutiae of our lives. With piercing wit, idiosyncratic humor and sharply insightful moments of personal examination, Adrian uses the most domestic of items as a lens through which to view the inelegance and wondrousness of humanity."
—Shelf Awareness

"[Adrian] speaks about knitting throughout the book with such a capable intensity that I found an appreciation for her voice on it and an interest in her as a human."

"Fun, focused, and footloose!"
—Nicholson Baker, author of The Mezzanine

"Kim Adrian's SOCK is the darndest thing. Witty and sly, written with the highest tactile precision, it is at the same time stacked with erudite asides and unexpected perspectives. Adrian reminds us where the ground lies and how we move upon it—and what miraculous things we have encasing our feet as we do so."
—Sven Birkerts, author of Changing the Subject: Art and Attention in the Internet Age