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The Funniest People in Music, Volume 3: 250 Anecdotes
By David Bruce
Series: The Funniest People in Music, Book 3. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 25,960. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
A sample: Even very good musicians can have an off night. A team of musicians led by jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis once mightily messed up “April in Paris.” After they had “played” the song, Mr. Marsalis announced to the audience that they had just heard “April Embarrassed.”
The Funniest People in Theater: 250 Anecdotes
By David Bruce
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 22,700. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
This book contains 250 anecdotes about the theater, including this one: Early in her career, actress Diana Rigg was regarded as something of a kook by her neighbors because she used to lose her keys a few times a year and be forced to gain entry to her apartment by throwing a milk bottle through a window.
Be a Work of Art: 250 Anecdotes and Stories
By David Bruce
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 27,740. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
A sample anecdote: Very often, an actor would have trouble with part of his role, whether it was speaking a line or performing some piece of business, and he would go to theatrical director Tyrone Guthrie for help. Often, Mr. Guthrie would have the answer at hand, but if he did not, he would tell the actor, “Go home, think about it, come back, and astonish us in the morning.”
The Funniest People in Books, Volume 2: 250 Anecdotes
By David Bruce
Series: The Funniest People in Books, Book 2 · The Funniest People in Books, Book 2. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 26,460. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
A sample anecdote: Some sentences have more than one meaning, including contradictory meanings. (A pause in a sentence can be important.) Poet Robert Southey hinted around for a compliment about 'Madoc,' his epic, so classical scholar Richard Porson said, “'Madoc' will be remembered—when Homer and Virgil are forgotten.”
The Funniest People in Books, Volume 3: 250 Anecdotes
By David Bruce
Series: The Funniest People in Books, Book 3 · The Funniest People in Books, Book 3. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 29,350. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
A sample: When poet Robert Frost was growing up, his favorite book was "Tom Brown’s Schooldays," which was one of the books that his mother read out loud to her children. Young Robert loved the book so much that he wanted his mother to read and reread the other chapters, but he wouldn’t let her read the ending. Why? He wanted the book to never end.
The Funniest People in Television and Radio: 250 Anecdotes
By David Bruce
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 24,220. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
A sample: Humorist Frank Sullivan had a sister named Kate, who bought a TV in the days when TVs were rare. Very quickly, she called a TV repairman, who asked, “What seems to be wrong with it?” She replied, “Well, for one thing, a lot of the programs are lousy.”
The Funniest People in Neighborhoods: 250 Anecdotes
By David Bruce
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 25,640. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
A Sample: As a child, Hugh McIlhenny, aka “The King,” developed his incredible ability to run with the football. His mother used to send him to go to the store, and to get to the store, he had to go through a scary dark alley. Whenever he had to go through the alley, he ran as fast as he could to escape the dangers he thought were lurking hidden in the shadows.
250 Anecdotes About Religion
By David Bruce
Series: 250 Anecdotes About Religion, Book 1. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 23,850. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
A sample: Andrew Carnegie was a very wealthy man who had a reputation for donating money to charitable causes. Mark Twain wrote him to say that he wanted to buy a $2 hymnbook, pointing out that “I will bless you, God will bless you and it will do a great deal of good.” Mr. Twain then added a postscript: “Don’t send the hymn-book—send me the two dollars.”
250 Anecdotes About Religion: Volume 2
By David Bruce
Series: 250 Anecdotes About Religion, Book 2. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 23,560. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
A sample: In the family of Quaker humorist Tom Mullen, as part of the Christmas tradition the youngest child opened her presents first. The youngest child was Ruthie, who was not as materialistic as her siblings. For Ruthie a great part of the pleasure of Christmas lay in making her siblings wait a long time to open their presents.
The Most Interesting People in Religion: 250 Anecdotes
By David Bruce
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 29,910. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
A sample: Lessons can be learned in strange ways. John Wesley and Samuel Bradburn once witnessed an angry quarrel between two women who used bad language but who used it passionately and well and with their whole being. Mr. Bradburn was disgusted by the language and wanted to leave, but Mr. Wesley told him, “Stay—and learn how to preach.”