Monthly Archives: May 2015

Lagniappe

Lagniappe, in case you don’t know, is a Cajun French word that means “something extra.” Cheryl Strayed’s 2012 book Wildd: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail is an exciting account of her attempt to make sense of … Continue reading

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Quotes of Note

The quotes in this post are notable because they were so wrong.  In all cases books that are now time-honored (and in many cases have been turned into time-honored movies) were rejected by publishers.  In many cases the name and … Continue reading

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Adult Coloring Books

Feeling stressed?  Have you tried yoga?  Medications?  How about adult coloring books?  I recently read a fascinating Shelf Awareness article about the phenomenon of adult coloring books.  Here is an excerpt: “The boom in adult coloring books began in Europe. … Continue reading

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Words at Play

While reading part of Disease: The Extraordinary Stories Behind History’s Deadliest Killers by Mary Dobson, I ran across this: “The use of quarantine to prevent contagious epidemics from entering ports arose in the wake of the Black Death.  In 1377 … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut is being developed for TV according to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times. And just what did Vonnegut think of that novel? Letters of Note found a letter in which he ranked all … Continue reading

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Take a Break!

There is more than enough bad news in the world, so let’s take a break from it for a few minutes. These videos are guaranteed to brighten your day. Let’s begin, with a TED talk that features an artist who … Continue reading

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Quiz of the Month – May 2015

I suspect that many of you have not been following Book Notes Plus since I launched it in October 2012, so you have probably missed some very interesting information. This month’s quiz is based on some of my earliest posts. … Continue reading

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May Is Short Story Month

Someone, though I don’t know who, has declared May to be National Short Story Month. In this age where everyone is trying to do as much with each day as is possible, we sometimes find it difficult to find time … Continue reading

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