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An Exaltation of Larks: The Ultimate Edition by James Lipton

A book for people who've mastered such basics as a pride of lions and want to go onward. To a murder of crows, a parliament of owls, or a truelove of doves.

You can have your pick for cats: clowder, cluster, and clutter are all recorded. Though some have distinctions: it is a gaggle of geese on the grounds, but a skein of geese in the air.

Some are more fun than others, and he includes a long section with possibilities for new ones.
marycatelli: (Golden Hair)
The Non-Designer's Design Book by Robin P. Williams

A book I've found useful in designing both webpages and book covers.

Covers a great many issues in how to organize and display your material for most impact. Without reference to its content, which once or twice tweaked me as a little excessive. Particular attention paid to fonts.
marycatelli: (Golden Hair)
Acedia and Its Discontents: Metaphysical Boredom in an Empire of Desire by R.J. Snell

A philosophical look at the deadly sin known as acedia or sloth. Which is commonly confused with laziness -- but the slothful can in fact be frenetic with activity. The point is that the activity is not the work they are meant for. The "noon-day demon" often distracts with dreams of major undertakings. Touches on farming and meaning and the invention of the term "boredom" in the 18 century along the way.
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Conversations of Socrates by Xenophon

Plato was not the only one who wrote about Socrates.  And this gives a rather different view. . . .

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The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius

An old book. Boethius, in prison, writes a dialogue with Philosophy, in which she recounts to him the many consolations that reflection and philosophy can bring him. For instance, his losses are not of goods of his own, but of Fortune's, and it would be better to remember they aren't his all the time, for otherwise he will suffer when Fortune is changeable and so changes.
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Morphology of the Folktale by Vladimir Propp

An incredibly academic analysis of fairy tales.  If you're not merely interested in fairy tales but also variants and things like that, you are very likely to like it.

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Dialogues and Letters by Seneca

Some treastise, some letters. . . reflections on life, and philosophy. Also views of ancient Roman life. It's interesting to read an account of a philosopher who scorns to look for a runaway slave on the grounds that if the slave can live without him, it's disgraceful that he can't live without the slave.
marycatelli: (Golden Hair)
A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis

The random jottings of Lewis after the death of his wife.
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The Medieval Kitchen: Recipes from France and Italy by Odile Redon, Françoise Sabban, Silvano Serventi, and Edward Schneider

This book covers the basics of medieval eating, and then plunges into the recipes.  They start with the text they were working with, comment on decyphering it and what substitutes, if any, they had to use, and then they describe it as a modern recipe.  (A lot more detailed.)  I can't tell you how good they are, because I got it as a reference for a character who's a cook in a medieval-ish setting.  Recipes are, unsurprisingly, weighted toward the wealthy.
marycatelli: (Golden Hair)
The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates by Peter T. Leeson

A discussion of pirate practices and why they were sound rational decisions by economical rules.

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The Law of Superheroes by James Daily and Ryan Davidson

Two lawyers looking at the comic book world and the law.

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The Art of Fiction: Illustrated from Classic and Modern Texts by David Lodge

A series of themes that feature in fiction.  Starting with "Beginnings" and ending with "Endings."

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Basic Economics: A Citizen's Guide To The Economy by Thomas Sowell

Exactly what it describes.  The basics of economics for the general audience.  Starting out with the observation that we may think we don't own beachfront property because of its price.  The reality is -- we don't own beachfront property because there's a lot more people who'd like to own it than there is property to be owned.  Price is just the way to sort things out.

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marycatelli: (Golden Hair)
Selected Literary Essays by C.S. Lewis

Exactly what it says.  Be forewarned that this is the professional, professor side of his writing.
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Commedia Dell'arte: An Actor's Handbook by John Rudlin

I'm not the target audience for this book, never having gotten into acting.  But I still found it interesting.

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The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness; A Complete Handbook for the Use of the Lady in Polite Society by Florence Hartley

Primary source.  Very much primary source.  Which makes that it was published in 1860 noticeably important.
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Beauty and the Beast: Visions and Revisions of an Old Tale by Betsy Hearne

Being not a retelling or an anthology thereof, but an analysis.

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The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success by Megan McArdle

A non-fiction work covering all sorts of side of failure.
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The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy by Thomas Sowell

An analysis of certain processes in modern day thought.
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