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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