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Science's Trickiest Questions

by Paul Kuttner Henry Holt and Co. (September 09, 2014)

The third volume of Paul Kuttner's popular "tricky questions" series makes science fun for those who shy away from it and challenges those who consider themselves science know-it-alls: Why is the saline content...


Arts and Entertainment's Trickiest Questions

by Paul Kuttner Henry Holt and Co. (September 09, 2014)

Can you detect the technical blunder that occurred in the motion picture Gone With the Wind? What great mysterious writer lived up to his craft and died in the most mysterious way? The follow-up to Paul Kuttner's...


Dirty Little Secrets

by Erica Orloff & JoAnn Baker St. Martin's Press (June 17, 2014)

Did you know...

*That, until the mid-1600s, scientists believed that each sperm cell contained a tiny human being?

*That Romans and Egyptians used condoms, but it wasn't until a physician crafted one from a sheep's...


Which Way to the Vomitorium?

by Rose Williams & Lesley O'Mara St. Martin's Press (May 20, 2014)

Tired of feeling like "The Ugly American" every time you visit the Vatican? Fed up with having to consult a dictionary when all you want to say is, "I've just been run over by a chariot!"? Well, now you can...


America Bizarro

by Nelson Taylor St. Martin's Press (April 29, 2014)

Do you breed rats and mice that could preen like poodles in a pet show? Have creative juices yearning to be set loose on a 20-ton block of packed snow? Possess a melodious voice best suited to singing the praises...


Restoration London

by Liza Picard St. Martin's Press (February 04, 2014)

How did you clean your teeth in the 1600s?

What make-up did you wear? What pets did you keep?

Making use of every possible contemporary source, Liza Picard presents an engrossing picture of daily life in London...


Sckraight From The Ghetto

by Bertice Berry, Ph.D. & Joan Coker St. Martin's Press (November 26, 2013)

Is the only art you own on your fingernails? Do you consider kool-aid one of the five food groups?

You know you're ghetto if:

-Turning up the heat means turning on another burner on the stove

-You think of paneling...


Dog Days and Dandelions

by Martha Barnette St. Martin's Press (November 12, 2013)

From apian (like a bee) to zodiac (little-animals circle), a word book that spots the animal origins of words and names

There are mice in your muscles, and blackbirds in your merlot. Behind adulation is a dog's...


The Story of English in 100 Words

by David Crystal St. Martin's Press (March 27, 2012)

The world's foremost expert on the English language takes us on an entertaining and eye-opening tour of the history of our vernacular through the ages.

In The Story of English in 100 Words, an entertaining history...


Don't Cross Your Eyes...They'll Get Stuck That Way!

by Dr. Aaron E. Carroll, Md, Ms & Dr. Rachel C. Vreeman, Md St. Martin's Publishing Group (July 05, 2011)

The ultimate myth-busting collection of quirky and curious facts about your body and health

In 2009, Drs. Aaron E. Carroll and Rachel C. Vreeman explored a wide range of myths and misconceptions about our bodies...


Do Polar Bears Get Lonely?

by New Scientist Henry Holt and Co. (April 27, 2009)

Amazing and intriguing questions and answers from the team behind the international phenomenon Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze?

The popular-science magazine behind the runaway international bestsellers Why Don't...


The Medicine Cabinet of Curiosities

by Nicholas Bakalar Henry Holt and Co. (July 21, 2009)

Delightful doses of medical miscellany about wacky doctors and their curious patients, from their smallest bones (the stapes) to their heaviest organs (the liver)

In this addictive collection of trivia, Nicholas...


W. C. Privy's Original Bathroom Companion, Number 2

by Erin Barrett & Jack Mingo St. Martin's Press (December 29, 2015)

Number 2 in the W.C. Privy series, this bathroom companion is chock full of jokes, stories, historical factoids, quizzes, trivia, and pop culture fun. An ecletic reading array, the book includes:

*Rules and Histories...


W. C. Privy's Original Bathroom Companion

by Erin Barrett & Jack Mingo St. Martin's Press (December 29, 2015)

Here you sit, brokenhearted ...with nothing to read but the writing on the wallpaper?

Don't get flushed with despair! W. C. Privy's Original Bathroom Companion is a book that's good for your heart – the more...