"This kind of book is the kind you dip into, but I read it cover to cover, not wanting to miss an entry."—Susan Stamberg, NPR's "Morning Edition" on Phil Cousineau's Wordcatcher
Berkeley, CA (PRWEB) June 14, 2014
Father's Day is only a day away, but last minute shoppers, don't fret - Viva Editions has a selection of instantaneously downloadable audiobooks perfect for lit-loving dads everywhere!
Award-winning writer and filmmaker, teacher and editor, independent scholar and travel leader, storyteller and TV host Phil Cousineau illuminates the history and mystery of weird and wonderful word stories in the bestselling The Painted Word. The words themselves range from the commonplace, such as biscuit, a twice-baked cake for Roman soldiers, to loanwords, like chaparral, from the Basque shepherds who came to the American West; words from the myths, such as hector; metamorphosis words, such as silly, which evolved “holy” to “goofy” in a mere thousand years; and words well worthy-of-revival, such as carrytale, a wandering storyteller. Whether old-fangled or new-fangled, they all possess that ineffable quality that Victoria Finlay refers to in her scintillating history of Color as the “numinous in the luminous.”
The big questions come to us at different times. At some point we’ve all asked, "Why am I here? What is life? What am I doing?" In Having the Time of Your Life, Allen Klein helps us come to terms with these questions and have a few laughs along the way. He has collected 500 inspiring and uplifting quotations on the endlessly fascinating subject of life itself. From Lily Tomlin to Abraham Lincoln, the people quoted in this book have perspectives to offer everyone, no matter which of life’s many roads they may be traversing. Don’t let the heavy questions weigh you down! With selections covering topics ranging from finding forgiveness to making music, this book offers a healthy dose of the motivation and levity we all need.
Did you know that Thomas Jefferson's grandson was an ax murderer? Wonder what it's like to live in Hell Town at the End of the World? How about an ailment so surreal it's named after Alice in Wonderland? In A People's History of the Peculiar, historian Nicholas Belardes has dug into the raw source material found in historical archives, scientific studies, and libraries the world over to find facts, lists, definitions, and astonishing information guaranteed to provide readers with the best cocktail conversation topics for many years to come.
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Viva Editions are books that inform, enlighten, and entertain. The very name, "Viva!", is celebratory. And while Viva Editions is a line of books that are as fun as they are informational, the intention behind Viva is very serious—these are books that are truly helpful and intended to enhance people's lives.