Monthly Archives: December 2013


With all the holiday activity going on everywhere, I will not do another Book Notes Plus post until January 6, 2014.  Happy New Year! _ _ _ Book cover design is extremely important.  A poorly designed book cover can turn … Continue reading

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100 Years of Crossword Puzzles

Richard Simon, and Max Schuster met and became friends while both were journalism students at Columbia University.  A few years later both men, who were from wealthy New York families, had a desire to start a book publishing company, so … Continue reading

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Quotes of Note

“Easy reading is damn hard writing.” – Maya Angelou speaking at the 2013 National Book Awards “Oscar Wilde sensibly moved from writing verse, his first love, to hugely popular stage comedy.  He followed the money. ‘Why should I write for … Continue reading

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Quiz of the Month – December 2013

This month we have a true/false quiz with a slight twist.  The statements below might also, in a way, be both true and false.  How is that possible?  Take the quiz to find out. You will find the answers to … Continue reading

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Holiday Gift Book Ideas

Looking for a good book or two as a gift for someone?  Here are a number of lists that should give you plenty of options to choose from. A good gift book for someone who likes history might be The … Continue reading

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Movie Notes – The Tragic Death of Jayne Mansfield

My brother, Mike, recently sent me the above photo of a plaque located at what is possibly the spot where the popular actress Jayne Mansfield died in an auto accident shortly after 2:00 a.m. on June 29, 1967.  He also … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

It’s easy for you to print your own book complete with a soft back cover if you have an appropriate file and access to an Espresso Book Machine (EBM).  You can also print out one of millions of public domain … Continue reading

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Words at Play

When you look up English words in a dictionary you will often find their antonyms – words that mean exactly the opposite – as well.  Some English words, however, are their own antonyms.  Some people call them auto-antonyms, others call … Continue reading

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Strange Music

Can you name a musical instrument that you play without touching it?  Probably not unless you are familiar with a Theremin.  This device was accidentally invented by a Russian named Léon Theremin who was doing research on something called proximity … Continue reading

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