Mental Floss  The Curious Reader Journal for Book Lovers Book

Mental Floss The Curious Reader Journal for Book Lovers


  • Author : Erin McCarthy
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2021-09-14
  • Genre: Crafts & Hobbies
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN 10 : 9781681887722

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Mental Floss The Curious Reader Journal for Book Lovers Excerpt :

Chart your progress, organize your library, and get inspired with this journal for avid readers from Mental Floss! Having trouble keeping track of the books in your life? Ever buy a book you’ve already read—or recommend one book when you meant another? The Curious Reader Journal for Book Lovers helps organize bulging bookshelves, provides space to record and rate titles, and helps you reflect on past favorites. The Mental Floss team also entertains and inspires bibliophiles with prize-winning book lists, quotes about writing and reading, and the tomes famous authors admire, along with guided entries such as: “My Favorite Books This Year,” “Titles Ideal for a Book Club,” “Literary Places I’d Like to Visit,” “Books I Loved as a Child,” “Who I’d Invite to a Literary Dinner Party,” “Books I Hate That Everyone Loves,” and “The Most Romantic Book I’ve Read.” The Curious Reader Journal for Book Lovers is a perfect gift for Goodreads addicts, book club members, librarians and teachers, and all lovers of literature.

Mental Floss  The Curious Reader Book

Mental Floss The Curious Reader


  • Author : Erin McCarthy & the team at Mental Floss
  • Publisher : Weldon Owen International
  • Release Date : 2021-05-25
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781681888071

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Mental Floss The Curious Reader Excerpt :

"With sumptuous, visually stimulating spreads, this book delivers on its promise– to unearth strange stories, bizarre facts, or unexpected details about the books on our shelves. Good for curious readers, whether they want to delve into authors and books they love, feel competent faking knowledge about books everyone else seems to have read, or just dip into and out of literary worlds" – Library Journal Readers rejoice! From Mental Floss, an online destination for more than a billion curious minds since its founding in 2001, comes the ultimate book for lovers of literature. From Americanah to War and Peace, from Chinua Achebe and Jane Austen to Jesmyn Ward and George R.R. Martin, learn surprising facts about the world’s most famous novels and novelists. The Curious Reader will delight bookworms everywhere. This literary compendium from Mental Floss reveals fascinating facts about the world’s most famous authors and their literary works. Readers will learn about George Orwell’s near-death experience during the writing of 1984; meet the real man who may have inspired Pride and Prejudice’s Mr. Darcy; discover which famous author kept her husband’s heart after he passed away; and learn about the influence of psychedelics on Dune. The Curious Reader also contains the most-loved book-related articles from 20 years of Mental Floss, including “Cat-Loving Writers,” “Famous Authors’ Unfinished Manuscripts,” “Literary Characters Based on Real People,” and “Books You Didn’t Know Were Self-Published.” This literary miscellany is certain to inspire book lovers, aspiring writers, students, and teachers alike to discover a diverse selection of curated literary works—leading to an expansion of their library!

Why She Wrote Book
Score: 4.5
From 3 Ratings

Why She Wrote


  • Author : Lauren Burke
  • Publisher : Chronicle Books
  • Release Date : 2021-06-25
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 260
  • ISBN 10 : 9781797202525

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Why She Wrote Excerpt :

In Why She Wrote, dive into the fascinating, unexpected, and inspiring stories behind the greatest women writers in the English language. This compelling graphic collection features 18 women—including Jane Austen, Louisa May Alcott, Alice Dunbar Nelson, Anne Lister, and more—and asks a simple question: in a time when being a woman writer often meant being undervalued, overlooked, or pigeonholed, why did she write? Why did Jane Austen struggle to write for five years before her first novel was ever published? How did Edith Maude Eaton's writing change the narrative around Chinese immigrant workers in North America? Why did the Brontë sisters choose to write under male pennames, and Anne Lister write her personal diaries in code? Learn about women writers from the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries, from familiar favorites to those who have undeservedly fallen into obscurity, and their often untold histories, including: • The forgotten mother of the gothic genre • The unexpected success of Little Women • The diaries of the "first modern lesbian" • The lawsuit to protect Little Lord Fauntleroy • The personal account of a mastectomy in 1811 • Austen's struggles with writer's block • And much, much more! Why She Wrote highlights a significant moment from each writer's life and retells it through engaging and accessible comics, along with biographical text, bibliographies, and fun facts. For aspiring writers, literary enthusiasts, and the Janeite who has everything, this new collection highlights these incredible women's hardships, their influence, and the spark that called them to write. • GREAT GRAPHIC NOVEL FOR ALL AGES: Librarians and teachers recommend graphic novels for readers of all ages, especially beloved nonfiction titles like Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis and Raina Telgemeier's Smile, Sisters, and Guts. Immerse yourself in the stories of these fascinating women through the fun, approachable, and dynamic medium of the graphic novel! • CE

Mental Floss Presents Condensed Knowledge Book
Score: 4
From 5 Ratings

Mental Floss Presents Condensed Knowledge


  • Author : Editors of Mental Floss
  • Publisher : Zondervan
  • Release Date : 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Reference
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061747649

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Mental Floss Presents Condensed Knowledge Excerpt :

Loaded with meaty trivia and tasty, bite-sized facts! mental_floss is proud to offer a delicious, hearty helping of brain-food that's sure to fire up your neurons and tantalize your synapses. Condensed Knowledge is a mouthwatering mix of intriguing facts, lucid explanations, and mind-blowing theories that will satisfy even the hungriest mind! Ingredients include: 5 tiny nations that get no respect • 4 civilizations nobody remembers • 5 classics written under the influence • 4 things your boss has in common with slime mold • 3 schools of thought that will impress the opposite sex • 4 things Einstein got wrong • 5 classical tunes you know from the movies • 3 famous studies that would be illegal today • 2 religious mysteries solved by chemistry • 5 scandals that rocked art, and much more ...

The Mental Floss History of the World Book
Score: 3.5
From 8 Ratings

The Mental Floss History of the World


  • Author : Erik Sass
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2009-10-06
  • Genre: Travel
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061980619

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The Mental Floss History of the World Excerpt :

“An irreverent romp through history’s best bits,” The Mental Floss History of the World is an amazingly entertaining joyride through 60,000 years of human civilization. As audacious as it is edifying, here is a hilarious and irreverent—yet always historically accurate—overview of the ascent (or descent) of humankind, courtesy of the same rebel geniuses who brought you Mental Floss presents Condensed Knowledge and Mental Floss Presents Forbidden Knowledge. Updated with all the hot topics and events of the past few years, The Mental Floss History of the World is proof positive that just because something’s true doesn’t mean it’s boring.

Books that Changed the World Book
Score: 5
From 2 Ratings

Books that Changed the World


  • Author : Andrew Taylor
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release Date : 2014-03-06
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9781849165617

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Books that Changed the World Excerpt :

Books that Changed the World tells the fascinating stories behind 50 books that, in ways great and small, have changed the course of human history. Andrew Taylor sets each text in its historical context and explores its wider influence and legacy. Whether he's discussing the incandescent effect of The Qu'ran, the enduring influence of Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, of the way in which Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe glavanized the anti-slavery movement, Taylor has written a stirring and informative testament to human ingenuity and endeavour. Ranging from The Iliad to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the Kama Sutra to Lady Chatterley's Lover, this is the ultimate, thought-provoking read for book-lovers everywhere.

Mental Floss Trivia Book

Mental Floss Trivia


  • Author : Sandy Wood
  • Publisher : Puzzlewright
  • Release Date : 2012
  • Genre: Games
  • Pages : 864
  • ISBN 10 : 1402789378

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Mental Floss Trivia Excerpt :

Presents a collection of over two thousand thematic trivia questions on such subjects as "questions on question marks," "fake fast food," and "animal nicknames."

Mental Floss  The Curious Viewer Ultimate TV Trivia   Quiz Book Book

Mental Floss The Curious Viewer Ultimate TV Trivia Quiz Book


  • Author : Mental Floss
  • Publisher : Weldon Owen
  • Release Date : 2022-04-12
  • Genre: Reference
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 1681888491

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Mental Floss The Curious Viewer Ultimate TV Trivia Quiz Book Excerpt :

Put those binge-watching sessions to good use as you test your TV knowledge in this compelling quiz book, which provides hours of fun game play with friends and family, from the creators of Mental Floss. Indulge in approximately 60 pages of trivia; 40 pages of quizzes; and 36 log pages, broken up throughout, with fill-in-the-blank lists such as My All-time Favorite Shows; Critical Darlings That I Despised; Series I Want to Binge More Than Once, and more. Did you know that Succession relies on "wealth consultants" who help guide the show on how the richest of the rich live? Or that The Office's season 5 episode of a less-than-successful CPR training session actually resulted in a fan of the show, who remembered the tips, succesfully performing CPR on an unconscious stranger? Or that Fraggle Rock was the first American series to be broadcast in Russia? Sharing loads of behind-the-scenes preparations and mishaps, little-known-facts about your favorite actors and writers, plus how your favorite shows have impacted the world, The Curious Veiwer Ultimate TV Trivia & Quiz Book is the perfect match for anyone who has ever enjoyed a Netflix-and-chill kind of night.

1 000 Books to Read Before You Die Book
Score: 4.5
From 7 Ratings

1 000 Books to Read Before You Die


  • Author : James Mustich
  • Publisher : Workman Publishing
  • Release Date : 2018-10-02
  • Genre: Reference
  • Pages : 960
  • ISBN 10 : 9781523505128

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1 000 Books to Read Before You Die Excerpt :

“The ultimate literary bucket list.” —The Washington Post “If there’s a heaven just for readers, this is it.” —O, The Oprah Magazine Celebrate the pleasure of reading and the thrill of discovering new titles in an extraordinary book that’s as compulsively readable, entertaining, surprising, and enlightening as the 1,000-plus titles it recommends. Covering fiction, poetry, science and science fiction, memoir, travel writing, biography, children’s books, history, and more, 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die ranges across cultures and through time to offer an eclectic collection of works that each deserve to come with the recommendation, You have to read this. But it’s not a proscriptive list of the “great works”—rather, it’s a celebration of the glorious mosaic that is our literary heritage. Flip it open to any page and be transfixed by a fresh take on a very favorite book. Or come across a title you always meant to read and never got around to. Or, like browsing in the best kind of bookshop, stumble on a completely unknown author and work, and feel that tingle of discovery. There are classics, of course, and unexpected treasures, too. Lists to help pick and choose, like Offbeat Escapes, or A Long Climb, but What a View. And its alphabetical arrangement by author assures that surprises await on almost every turn of the page, with Cormac McCarthy and The Road next to Robert McCloskey and Make Way for Ducklings, Alice Walker next to Izaac Walton. There are nuts and bolts, too—best editions to read, other books by the author, “if you like this, you’ll like that” recommendations , and an interesting endnote of adaptations where appropriate. Add it all up, and in fact there are more than six thousand titles by nearly four thousand authors mentioned—a life-changing list for a lifetime of reading. “948 pages later, you still want more!” —THE WASHINGTON POST

The New Yale Book of Quotations Book

The New Yale Book of Quotations


  • Author : Fred R. Shapiro
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2021-08-31
  • Genre: Reference
  • Pages : 1168
  • ISBN 10 : 9780300262780

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The New Yale Book of Quotations Excerpt :

A revised, enlarged, and updated edition of this authoritative and entertaining reference book —named the #2 essential home library reference book by the Wall Street Journal “Shapiro does original research, earning [this] volume a place on the quotation shelf next to Bartlett's and Oxford's.”—William Safire, New York Times Magazine (on the original edition) “A quotations book with footnotes that are as fascinating to read as the quotes themselves.”—Arthur Spiegelman, Washington Post Book World (on the original edition) Updated to include more than a thousand new quotations, this reader-friendly volume contains over twelve thousand famous quotations, arranged alphabetically by author and sourced from literature, history, popular culture, sports, digital culture, science, politics, law, the social sciences, and all other aspects of human activity. Contemporaries added to this edition include Beyoncé, Sandra Cisneros, James Comey, Drake, Louise Glück, LeBron James, Brett Kavanaugh, Lady Gaga, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Barack Obama, John Oliver, Nancy Pelosi, Vladimir Putin, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and David Foster Wallace. The volume also reflects path-breaking recent research resulting in the updating of quotations from the first edition with more accurate wording or attribution. It has also incorporated noncontemporary quotations that have become relevant to the present day. In addition, The New Yale Book of Quotations reveals the striking fact that women originated many familiar quotations, yet their roles have been forgotten and their verbal inventions have often been credited to prominent men instead. This book’s quotations, annotations, extensive cross-references, and large keyword index will satisfy both the reader who seeks specific information and the curious browser who appreciates an amble through entertaining pages.

mental floss  The Book Book

mental floss The Book


  • Author : Will Pearson
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2011-11-01
  • Genre: Reference
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062069313

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mental floss The Book Excerpt :

The geniuses at mental_floss are back with mental_floss: The Book, a funny, surprising, fact-packed compendium of more than 200 of the Greatest Lists in the History of Listory. Commemorating the 10th anniversary of the award-winning mental_floss magazine, authors Will Pearson, Mangesh Hattikudur, and Ethan Trex offer a cornucopia of additive, edifying, oddball, and irreverent information guaranteed to make dedicated trivia fans “feel smart again.” In the spirit of their top-selling book, Condensed Knowledge, mental_floss: The Book is perfect for everyone who likes to laugh while they learn.

Mental Floss  The Curious Viewer Book

Mental Floss The Curious Viewer


  • Author : Jennifer Wood
  • Publisher : Weldon Owen International
  • Release Date : 2021-10-19
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781681887890

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Mental Floss The Curious Viewer Excerpt :

From Mental Floss, the premier online destination for curious minds, comes a deep dive into the greatest television shows from the last 20 years. Filled with little-known facts and lists of must-see shows, this fascinating collection includes: The hardest role to cast on Game of Thrones • The DEA’s involvement in Breaking Bad • The lost Black-ish episode deemed too divisive for TV • The real-life inspiration for Mad Men’s Don Draper • The identity of “Ugly Naked Guy” on Friends • When George Lucas sued Battlestar Galactica • How Curb Your Enthusiasm saved a man from the death penalty • When Doctor Who’s TARDIS went to court • The story behind Law & Order’s iconic “dun-dun” sound effect The Curious Viewer also contains many of Mental Floss’s famously fascinating lists, such as Actors Who Asked for Their Characters to Be Killed Off, The Most-Watched TV Series Finales Ever, TV Characters Who Were Inspired by Real People, Bizarre TV Crossovers, Amazing One-Season Shows, Important Moments in LGBTQ+ History on TV, and Unforgettable Television Cliff-Hangers.

Alma and How She Got Her Name Book
Score: 4.5
From 10 Ratings

Alma and How She Got Her Name


  • Author : Juana Martinez-Neal
  • Publisher : Candlewick Press
  • Release Date : 2018-04-10
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN 10 : 9781536205305

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Alma and How She Got Her Name Excerpt :

A 2019 Caldecott Honor Book What’s in a name? For one little girl, her very long name tells the vibrant story of where she came from — and who she may one day be. If you ask her, Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela has way too many names: six! How did such a small person wind up with such a large name? Alma turns to Daddy for an answer and learns of Sofia, the grandmother who loved books and flowers; Esperanza, the great-grandmother who longed to travel; José, the grandfather who was an artist; and other namesakes, too. As she hears the story of her name, Alma starts to think it might be a perfect fit after all — and realizes that she will one day have her own story to tell. In her author-illustrator debut, Juana Martinez-Neal opens a treasure box of discovery for children who may be curious about their own origin stories or names.

The Feather Thief Book
Score: 4
From 25 Ratings

The Feather Thief


  • Author : Kirk Wallace Johnson
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2018-04-24
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101981627

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The Feather Thief Excerpt :

As heard on NPR's This American Life “Absorbing . . . Though it's non-fiction, The Feather Thief contains many of the elements of a classic thriller.” —Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s Fresh Air “One of the most peculiar and memorable true-crime books ever.” —Christian Science Monitor A rollicking true-crime adventure and a captivating journey into an underground world of fanatical fly-tiers and plume peddlers, for readers of The Stranger in the Woods, The Lost City of Z, and The Orchid Thief. On a cool June evening in 2009, after performing a concert at London's Royal Academy of Music, twenty-year-old American flautist Edwin Rist boarded a train for a suburban outpost of the British Museum of Natural History. Home to one of the largest ornithological collections in the world, the Tring museum was full of rare bird specimens whose gorgeous feathers were worth staggering amounts of money to the men who shared Edwin's obsession: the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying. Once inside the museum, the champion fly-tier grabbed hundreds of bird skins—some collected 150 years earlier by a contemporary of Darwin's, Alfred Russel Wallace, who'd risked everything to gather them—and escaped into the darkness. Two years later, Kirk Wallace Johnson was waist high in a river in northern New Mexico when his fly-fishing guide told him about the heist. He was soon consumed by the strange case of the feather thief. What would possess a person to steal dead birds? Had Edwin paid the price for his crime? What became of the missing skins? In his search for answers, Johnson was catapulted into a years-long, worldwide investigation. The gripping story of a bizarre and shocking crime, and one man's relentless pursuit of justice, The Feather Thief is also a fascinating exploration of obsession, and man's destructive instinct to harvest the beauty of nature.

The Macmillan Alice Book

The Macmillan Alice


  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2016
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 1447299655

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