Books and Literature

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Books and Literature
Idioms, Cliches, and Slang

What idioms are in the book nothing but the truth?

Libraries and Library History
Books and Literature

Why don't libraries smell like bookstores?

I assume you’re referring to the difference between the glorious mustiness of a library and the glorious plasticy newness of a bookstore. That’s probably due to the fact that as paper ages, the cellulose within it decays, letting off that sweet, sweet book smell. Bookstore books haven’t had as much time to decay (unless it’s a used bookstore), leading to that different smell.

Books and Literature

What's the best opening line from a book?

Hot take: The first sentence of 1984 is overrated. My favorite is from Slaughterhouse-Five: "Listen: Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time." It's not the first line of the book, but it's the first line of the real story, so I think it counts.

Books and Literature

Does listening to an audiobook count as reading it?

I guess I disagree with most of the other answers. Listening to audiobook in my opinion absolutely does count as reading it. I believe as a listener I get more out of the audio book than I would from reading it. Inflection and cadence of the narrator add something extra that I can't get from traditionally reading it.

Literature and Language
Books and Literature

What does the study of literature mean to you?

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Books and Literature
Parts of Speech

What part of speech is distinguished?

The word 'distinguished' can be seen as a verb or an adjective, depending on how it is used in a sentence. First, it can be used like the simple past tense of the verb 'distinguish' as in the following sentence: Mary distinguished herself on many occasions in public speaking. It can also be used in the past participial form: Mary has distinguished herself on many occasions in public speaking.

As a grammatical principle, the past participle of a verb can also be used as an adjective. So, the word 'distinguished' can be used as an adjective as follows: our distinguished professor, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, a tall distinguished figure in a brown suit, etc.

Books and Literature
Literary Terminology

What is pedantic in literature?

Pedantic means a perfectionist or someone who is picky. They have to have the towels folded a certain way, the spices in they're spice rack arranged a certain way, clothes hung in they're closets by color. That sort of thing.

Books and Literature
Authors, Poets, and Playwrights

Who is Edwin B.Flippo?

Edwin flippo is the author of books on personnel management

Books and Literature
Mystery Books

How many chapters is Dead In the Family?

There are 14 chapters in Dead In the Family.

Books and Literature
Children's Books

How many words a chapter for a teen novel?

All books vary on words, especially in a teen's novel. The average words from 60,000 words to 200,000 or more words in a whole novel.

For example, if your book has about 20 chapters, you can put about 10,000 words in each chapter.

Books and Literature
Academic Writing
Book Reports

What is the meaning of noting details?

The meaning of noting details is that you remember things in detail from a book or story. So you note them down to remember them. In reading, this is an observation and reading comprehension skill. But we use it every day in observing our world and others. If you close your eyes and think about your bedroom, you could describe in writing 10 things located in your bedroom. If you had a oversized Oklahoma flag hanging above your desk, you could offer an explanation about that detail. These are skills used in reading a book, where a character owns something unusual, posseses some unique character trait, or acts in a peculiar way (whether good or bad). When you write a book report, book summary, or a term paper, the details you note will help you write an interesting reflection about the book or story.

Books and Literature

What is mamaq?

mamaq:is a word that describing an old woman or man that they may get married again because their loving each other.

Books and Literature

A note on the story girls by mrinal pande?

it is a short story written by Mrinal pande and the narrator is an eight year old girl who has two sisters and were treated very badly by their mother as the mother is wants to give birth to a boy child in her next pregnancy

Books and Literature
Science Fiction
Short Stories

What is a summary of The Man Who Knew Too Much by Alexander Baron?

The story is about a man named private Quelch who likes to show off his knowledge. Narrator and his friends also gave him nickname 'professor' due to his lanky body and bespectacled looks. Although private Quelch meant to acquire a stripe and to get commission. He works hard for his ambition but due to his habit of interrupting senior officers and showing off his knowledge he was nominated for permanent cookhouse duties by Corporal Turnbull. Corporal Turnbull was a young and smart soldier who had returned from Dunkirk. He was a man not to be trifled with. Narrator and his fellow soldiers told each other that they could hammer nails into him without him noticing it. There are also many incidents in the story, when private Quelch outshone his fellow soldiers (including narrator) on aircraft recognition, when professor interrupted the sergeant and he asking questions to professor in hope of revenge. The story ends with a light note with private Quelch lecturing his fellow soldiers on how to cut potato without its vitamin values being wasted.

Writing: Plot and Setting
Books and Literature
Children's Books

What is the summary of the story The Hero by R K Narayan?

the hero tells about a boy who is afraid to sleep alone' but who is forced to do so by his parents. but at the end of the day he emerges as a hero!!! apart from sleeping alone he could also catch a thief...

Books and Literature

What is the plot summary of 'Orientation' by Daniel Orozco?

It is a satire about businesses today and the lives of the workers. Juxtapose this and the t.v. series The Office.

Jobs & Education
Books and Literature

What is the genre of Hattie's Birthday Box?

The Genre Of Hattie's Birthday Box is Realistic Fiction along with some Historical Fiction, since The Grandfather restates his past when he was in his early ages (teens-twenties)

Books and Literature

What is the meaning of antsy?

Antsy is a slang word meaning impatient and anxious. It probably derives as a conflation of the word anxious and the expression "having ants in the pants," which is said of a person over-eager to begin something.

New Testament
Books and Literature

What book has the more stirring chapters?

I would say Mathew. 5:17-20 and 23:8-12 few are admitting to, much less obeying.

Books and Literature

What do you understand of Indian diaspora from the story 'The Ghat of only World?

The Ghat of the only world by Amitav recounts the Indian sensibility (in both Shahid & Amitav)a poignant expression of the human void(human relationship & cultural affiliations as Indians) in an alien geographical domain as the Indian diaspora.

Books and Literature
Literature and Language
Greek and Roman Mythologies
Hades (Pluto)
Demeter (Ceres)
Persephone (Proserpina)

Demeter vows that she will not let fruit grow on the earth until Persephone is returned?

Yes. That was why there was a giant famine.

History of the United States
Books and Literature
Word Games

What is a book of maps called?

A book of maps is called an Atlas.
A book or collection of maps is called an Atlas, named for the Greek god who job

was to support the heavens and the earth.
A book of maps is an atlas. You can find atlas' online and in your public library.

Books and Literature
S.E. Hinton

Where did S.E.hinton grow up?

Susan Eloise Hinton was born on July 22, 1950, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Books and Literature
William Shakespeare

Why did Thomas Hardy disapprove establishing a Shakespeare Memorial Theatre?

Thomas Hardy was once invited to join a committee to establish a Shakespeare Memorial Theatre. His reply was that he was feeling against the desirability of such a memorial to Shakespeare. His observations and opinions on Shakespeare were uncommon but genuine. Hardy believed that Shakespeare did not particularly belong to the theatre world. His distinction as a theatre man was infinitesimal beside his distinction as a poet and as a man of letters. That his expression of himself was cast in the form of words for actors on the stage and not in the form of books to be read, was an accident of his social circumstances which he himself despised. Thomas Hardy here also made the prophetic remark that, of all poets of high rank whose works have taken a stage direction, Shakespeare will someday cease altogether to be acted on stage, and simply begin to be studied. Hardy thus proclaimed his stand against any material monument to the poet, as his works were a great monument. However he later consented to the commissioning of some 'colossal' statue in some place public. Hardy himself has noted these in his Life. He specifically noted the word 'colossal' to denounce the tastes of the vulgar minds of his times, which are exactly applicable to us in our modern times. Vulgarity never changes with Ages.


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