The Book of Origins                                              -     By: Trevor Homer
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The Book of Origins

Plume / 2007 / ePub

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Curiosity---a delightful trait typical of the young and the young at heart. If you just have to know about things, then here is a treasure trove of information you will enjoy. The Book of Origins is packed with tidbits about inventions, everyday items, and even some famous people! Satisfy your curiosity about how and when things were invented, where they came from, and why they started, and discover the amazing origins of the clothes we wear, the food we eat, the people we know, the languages we speak, and the things we use! You'll find facts on everything from fortune cookies to the electric chair, Mickey Mouse to Mark Twain, and beer and coffee to Braille and X-rays. A great book for all who love to learn!

Please Note! This book contains adult subject matter and is not appropriate for children.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Plume
Publication Date: 2007
ISBN: 9781101041925
ISBN-13: 9781101041925

Publisher's Weekly

Homer courageously adds his book to the abundance of publications available on the topic of miscellanea. A former champion amateur golfer, he admits to a "lifelong obsession with obscure facts," of which this slim debut seems to be a culmination. As he notes in his introduction, the book is meant for "people who want to know how and when things began." Nineteen topical chapters (e.g., "Inventions" and "Crime") are arranged alphabetically and subdivided (e.g., the "Famous People" chapter contains an "Actors and Other Show Business People" section). Otherwise, the entries within the chapters do not appear to follow a chronological or other typical arrangement. Though Homer doesn't cite entry sources in the proof, he states in both the acknowledgments and epilog that he's used the Encyclopaedia Britannica (edition unspecified) and has "googled" the web to research facts. A table of contents guides readers to specific topics. As is usually the case with miscellanea, it is difficult to know just what information one can count on finding upon consultation. The book lists just ten British "famous people" (not one of them a Beatle). And the "Judaism" entry in the "Religion" chapter takes up five brief paragraphs, while the entry on Christianity is twice as long-surely there are more obscure facts about Judaism? Bottom Line More like a vanity project than a reference book; purchase where interest in or demand for miscellanea dictates. (Index not seen.)-Katherine Mossman, Everett P.L., WA Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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