Category Archives: Books

Bibliotherapy

I recently read two novels about traveling bookshops.  The first book is Parnassus on Wheels (1917) by Christopher Morley and the second is The Little Paris Bookshop (2013) by Nina George. Parnassus on Wheels is the story of Helen McGill, … Continue reading

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Words at Play

Perhaps you have never heard of a lexicographer named Kory Stamper, but she is very popular with word nerds.  In addition to her public relations duties with Merriam-Webster she gives talks about words and has recorded numerous short YouTube videos … Continue reading

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Quiz of the Month – May 2017

Below are 30 book titles.  Some are current while others are quite old.  Most are fiction, but a few are nonfiction.  The vowels have been removed from each word in each title.  Can you reconstruct the titles?  And for extra … Continue reading

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Lagniappe

Who said, “a lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes”?  Mark Twain?  Nope, not according to researcher Garson O’Toole.  Seven years ago Mr. O’Toole started a website called Quote Investigator.  Recently … Continue reading

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Notes on Books I’ve Recently Read

Louis Nizer (1902 – 1994) was a prominent attorney who was a litigant in many famous trials.  He wrote a book, My Life in Court (1961), about some of those cases and it was on the New York Times bestsellers … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

Most authors never make enough money to quit their day jobs and write full time.  Others, including a few politicians and musicians, make more money with one book deal than most of us would earn in multiple lifetimes.  Here are … Continue reading

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Quotes of Note

“I do not wish to be ungrateful to Holmes, who has been a good friend to me in many ways. If I have sometimes been inclined to weary of him it is because his character admits of no light or … Continue reading

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