Monthly Archives: April 2013


The news has been pretty upsetting lately, and this blog is called Book Notes Plus, so let’s take a few minutes to look at the lighter side of things.  I hope you enjoy the items I’ve chosen for you, and … Continue reading

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Stranger Than Fiction – Spotlight on an Author

“My New Year’s Eve Toast: to all the devils, lusts, passions, greeds, envies, loves, hates, strange desires, enemies ghostly and real, the army of memories, with which I do battle — may they never give me peace.”  Those are not … Continue reading

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Did You Know . . . ?

In 1927, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle selected his 12 favorite Sherlock Holmes short stories (note that he did not include any of his four novels) for Strand Magazine.  His favorite is listed first. “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” “The … Continue reading

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G.I. Jill

During and after World War II, there was a program on the Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS) that featured a young lady who called herself “G.I. Jill.”  She recorded 15 minute programs six days a week that featured big band … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

“Unfortunately, only about three percent of the books published in the United States are works in translation.”  That comes from a site set up by the University of Rochester called Three Percent.  Its purpose is to promote the translation and … Continue reading

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Words at Play

Pork comes from pigs, beef comes from cattle, and mutton comes from sheep.  Did you ever wonder why we use such words as pork, beef, and mutton instead of pigs, cattle and sheep to describe the meat we eat?  A … Continue reading

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Quiz of the Month – April 2013

You remember Trivial Pursuit don’t you?  It was a board game created in 1979 by a Canadian named Chris Haney.  It contained six categories of questions, one of which was Arts and Literature.  The first 22 questions below are based … Continue reading

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Poor Butterfly

When I hear a new song, I primarily listen to the melody, and only later take in and digest the lyrics.  That’s what I did when I first heard “Poor Butterfly,” a song composed in 1916 by Raymond Hubbell with … Continue reading

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Quotes of Note

All the quotes below contain a well-known four-letter word – “word.” “The only sort of four-letter words I use are “good,” “love,” “warm,” and “kind.” – Catherine Cookson “Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes … Continue reading

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True Crime: An American Anthology

One of the short stories I chose for discussion in a Great Books Discussion class a year or two ago was “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates.  Oates based the story loosely on an … Continue reading

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