How about the lighter side to end May 2013?  Let’s start our end-of-the-month fun with a look at some miniature book libraries.

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Flavorwire, one of my favorite websites for lists, had a list of 10 of the most powerful female characters in literature.

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I think this Buzzfeed list of 25 ways to tell that you’re addicted to books is very, very clever.  I have a niece who loves cats.  She – and you, hopefully – will appreciate number 23.

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And Paul Goat Allen at the Barnes & Noble blog says you may be a book hoarder if . . .

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Charles Lindbergh, the first aviator to cross the Atlantic from the United States to Europe alone, was also the father of a number of illegitimate German children.  This and other revelations are in the new novel The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin.  For her part, according to Benjamin, Anne Morrow Lindbergh finally got tired of her husband’s absences and eccentricities and had a very fulfilling affair with the family physician.  You can read more about the complicated lives of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh here.

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Question: What do you call someone who speaks three or more languages?

Answer: A polyglot.

Question: What do you call someone who speaks two languages?

Answer: Bilingual.

Question: What do you call someone who speaks only one language?

Answer: An American.

That may be the case with many Americans, but it isn’t true of Gerald Leonard Cohen born and raised in Manhattan.  He is a professor at the University of Missouri – Rolla.  A well respected etymologist, Professor Cohen teaches linguistics, Russian, German, French, and occasionally Latin, Greek, and Hebrew.  And for some years he would browse books on different languages each day – sometimes 20 to 30 different languages – just to learn a word or two in each that might one day help him to make a much needed connection in his work. Feel inadequate?  I do.

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Cretal, an alien from the planet Zoran, recently assessed education on earth.  I’m not sure that I agree with all of his conclusions, but he does give us something to think about.

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Qantas Airlines is going into the book business – well, sort of.  The airline has commissioned a series of books of various lengths to fit the flight times of their routes.

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The next edition of the live author interview program In-Depth on Book TV (C-SPAN2) will air Sunday, June 2nd from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. CST.  The featured author will be Rick Atkinson a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author.  His most recent book is The Guns at Last Light, the final book in The Liberation Trilogy which is about the liberation of Europe in World War II.

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Have a wonderful summer, and thanks for reading Book Notes Plus.

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