Monthly Archives: December 2012

Lagniappe

It’s heartbreaking: David Oliver Relin, the co-author of Three Cups of Tea committed suicide in Oregon on November 15.  When Viking asked him to co-author the book with Greg Mortenson, he took the job because it was the kind of … Continue reading

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Quotes of Note

“About once a year some bright journalist asks each of our leading men and women for a few lines on the topic ‘If I were forced to live on a desert island with permission to take only one book, what … Continue reading

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Quiz of the Month – December 2012

If someone asks you to identify the source of a familiar quote, the odds are in your favor if you attribute the quote either to Shakespeare or the Bible.  This month’s quiz is made up of quotes from both, but … Continue reading

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Stranger Than Fiction – Spotlight on an Author

“When we were at the Essex House and I had room service and I could buy all my Florence Lustig dresses, I found that I loved you very much.  But now that you’re in the army and getting $56 a … Continue reading

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Christmas Quiz

Below are 11 quotes concerning Christmas.  Can you guess the titles of the books they come from and the names of the books’ authors?  You can find the answers here. “But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas … Continue reading

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Did You Know . . . ?

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds,” is an inscription on the James Farley Post Office in New York City.  It is often erroneously considered to … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

In the 1880s, there was a popular French parlor game in which someone would be asked to write answers to a list of questions.  One question might be, “what is your favorite virtue?”  Another might be, “what is your idea … Continue reading

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