Sunday, January 22, 2012

100 Books in 2012: Everything You Pretend to Know and Are Afraid Someone Will Ask by Lynette Padua

Book 4: Everything You Pretend to Know and Are Afraid Someone Will Ask by Lynette Padua

Every wonder about the etymology of some words and phrases or even what exactly some political, religious, historical reference really means? Well, this is the little book to give you an overview of all those cocktail conversation type topics and ideas that you might hear often but aren't really sure about.

The chapters are broad subjects like newsspeak, history, health, food, and science. But the topical questions in each chapter provided some insight into things I wasn't sure of or downright just didn't know or clarified a few ideas that I already did know.

So if you have ever asked yourself "What is saffron and why is it so expensive?" or if you have ever questioned "What is a slush pile and what is a slush fund?" or if you find yourself pondering "What is the difference between art nouveau and art deco?", then this little read might be right up your alley!

1 comment:

Jen McConnel said...

This one sounded neat when you mentioned it today at coffee...might have to go on my list!