Serendipitous Discoveries from the Bookshelf
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Searching for the perfect gift for a book lover, word lover, student, teacher, or writer? Serendipitous Discoveries from the Bookshelf was written and designed by a bibliophile for bibliophiles. It is a beautifully designed and eloquent homage to books, reading, and lifelong learning. The book presents over 100 thoughtful and witty essays filled with fascinating insights, inspiring passages from the world’s greatest writers, memorable quotes about books and reading, valuable life lessons, fascinating rare English words, and arcane literary facts.
Alexander Atkins, founder of the popular blog Atkins Bookshelf, takes the reader on a captivating and inspiring guided tour — through the world of books, literature, words, phrases, wisdom, education, quotations, movies, music, and trivia — to share many serendipitous discoveries from years of book collecting, reading, and research.
Learn the answers to the following questions:
• What is the rarest book in American literature?
• What does the most amazing personal library in the world look like?
• What is the most wicked Freudian slip in a book?
• What are the original titles of some of the most famous books in literature?
• What are some rare words that book lovers would truly relish?
• What makes a great teacher or a great mentor?
• What is the most important life lesson?
• How can college help you live a good life?
• What is the name of the painting on the cover of the first edition of The Great Gatsby?
• What is one of the most inspirational Shakespearean sonnets that speaks to the modern reader?
• What are some clever words that were invented by authors?
• What are some well-known phrases that you have been misquoting for years?
• Which Founding Father vandalized Shakespeare’s writing chair?
• Which famous singer inspired Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech?
• What were the last words of famous writers?
• Which hit song was inspired by John Fowles’ literary masterpiece, The Magus?
• What is considered the most moving death monologue in cinematic history?
This book is a tribute to books, reading, and continuous learning. Over 100 brilliant and witty essays, filled with fascinating insights, inspiring parables, eloquent quotes from books and readings, precious life lessons, fascinating and rare English words, arcane literary facts. Alexander Atkins takes the reader on a captivating and inspiring guided tour through the world of books. Literature, words, phrases, wisdom, education, quotes, movies, music, and curiosities, to share fascinating fortuitous discoveries, after years of collecting, reading, and searching for books.
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