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Learn Something New Every Day: 365 Facts to Fulfill Your Life

. October 2012. 288p. 978-1-11811-275-5. 19.95.
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Malesky (National Public Radio’s longest serving librarian; All Facts Considered: The Essential Library of Inessential Knowledge) shares her research savvy in this clever compendium of 366 clearly written half-page entries, including one for leap years. The material ranges from history and science to arts and language. Readers unfamiliar with entomophagy, for example, can read about it in the Feb. 25 entry, which describes the “tasty” protein of the future. Elsewhere they’ll learn that President James Garfield, trained in classical languages, could simultaneously write in Latin with one hand and Greek with the other. Appended citations offer credibility and promote further study.
VERDICT This entertaining and informative work is recommended for high school and public libraries, and for casual readers and fact afficionados everywhere.

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