David Bruce

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David Bruce is a retired anecdote columnist at "The Athens News" in Athens, Ohio. He has also retired from teaching English at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio

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William Shakespeare’s "King John": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 36,280. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Classics
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "King John." People who read this version first will find the original much easier to read.
Cupcakes Are Not a Diet Food
Series: Another Round of Laughter. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,200. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire, Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Desserts
While on a Caribbean Cruise and after numerous bottles of Moscato wine and several trips to the all-you-can-eat dessert bar, four sisters decided to write a book about their love affair with food and their experiences with diet disasters. With a combined 224 years of experience between the sisters, they consider themselves experts at diet failures.
William Shakespeare’s "All’s Well that Ends Well": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 44,780. Language: American English. Published: August 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Literature » Literary
This book is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's classic comedy "All's Well that Ends Well." People who read this retelling first will find the original play much easier to understand.
William Shakespeare’s "Coriolanus": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 47,490. Language: American English. Published: July 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Historical » Ancient
This is an easy-to-read version of William Shakespeare's tragedy "Coriolanus." People who read this retelling first will find Shakespeare's play easier to read and understand.
William Shakespeare’s "Love’s Labor’s Lost": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 49,730. Language: American English. Published: June 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "Love's Labor's Lost." People who read this retelling first will find the original play much easier to understand and read.
William Shakespeare’s "Richard II": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 39,160. Language: American English. Published: May 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "Richard II." People who read this version first will find the original play much easier to read and understand.
William Shakespeare’s "Timon of Athens": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 36,570. Language: American English. Published: March 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "Timon of Athens." People who read this retelling first will find the original play much easier to read and understand.
William Shakespeare’s "Troilus and Cressida": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 48,930. Language: American English. Published: February 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Romance » Historical
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "Troilus and Cressida." People who read this retelling first will find Shakespeare's play much easier to read and understand.
William Shakespeare’s "Cymbeline": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 47,060. Language: American English. Published: January 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Literature » Literary
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "Cymbeline." People who read this retelling first will find the original play much easier to read and understand.
William Shakespeare's "Richard III" A Retelling in Prose
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 50,140. Language: American English. Published: December 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's history play "Richard III." People who read this retelling first will find the original play much easier to read and understand. In this play, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, murders his way to the throne of England.
William Shakespeare's "Pericles, Prince of Tyre": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 32,800. Language: American English. Published: October 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Literature » Literary
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's romance "Pericles, Prince of Tyre." Pericles wanders the world, marries and has a daughter, loses both his wife and his daughter, and regains both in a happy ending.
The Kindest People: Be Excellent to Each Other (Volume 7)
Series: The Kindest People: Be Excellent to Each Other. Price: Free! Words: 97,360. Language: American English. Published: October 4, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Family relationships
This book contains stories about 250 good deeds. Many stories are about families; some are about celebrities with families.
William Shakespeare's "The Two Gentlemen of Verona": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 29,600. Language: American English. Published: September 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Romance » Historical
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's comedy titled "The Two Gentlemen of Verona," about faithfulness and unfaithfulness in love. It ends happily.
William Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 32,490. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Literature » Literary
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus." People who read this retelling first will find the original play much easier to understand and read.
William Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 41,830. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Historical » Ancient
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra." People who read this retelling first will find the original play much easier to understand and read.
William Shakespeare's "King Lear": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 49,910. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "King Lear." People who read it first will find the original much easier to read and understand.
William Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 41,310. Language: American English. Published: April 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
This is an easy-to-read version of William Shakespeare's romance "The Winter's Tale." People who read this retelling first will find Shakespeare's play easier to read and understand.
William Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure": A Retelling in Prose
Price: Free! Words: 37,950. Language: American English. Published: March 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Educational
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's problem play "Measure for Measure." People who read this version first will find it much easier to understand the language of the original play.
William Shakespeare's "Hamlet": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 51,990. Language: American English. Published: February 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Coming of age
This is a retelling of William Shakespeare's tragedy HAMLET in modern English. If people read this version first, they will understand Shakespeare's original version much better.
William Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 41,260. Language: American English. Published: January 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
This is an easy-to-read version of William Shakespeare's comedy "The Merry Wives of Windsor."
William Shakespeare’s "2 Henry IV," aka "Henry IV, Part 2": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 47,730. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Coming of age
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's history play "2 Henry IV," aka "Henry IV, Part 2."
William Shakespeare's "Henry V": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 48,930. Language: American English. Published: November 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "Henry V," a history play that includes King Henry V of England's victory in the Battle of Agincourt.
How to Teach the Autobiographical Essay Composition Project in 9 Classes
Price: Free! Words: 80,810. Language: American English. Published: October 25, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Literacy, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Literacy
This document gives one way of teaching the autobiographical essay to students, although it should also be useful to people who are not students, but who want to write this kind of essay.
The Trojan War and Its Aftermath: Four Epic Poems
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 307,210. Language: American English. Published: October 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Adventure » Action
This book is a collection of four ancient epics that tell the story of the Trojan War and its aftermath. I have retold these epic poems to make them easier to read. In my retellings, I supply important background information.
William Shakespeare’s "The Merchant of Venice": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 36,990. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Religious
One theme of the play — told here in novel form — is the harmful effects that prejudice can have on people. It can make someone want to cut a pound of flesh from a living person. It can make someone spit on the clothing and the beard of an old person.
Composition Project: Writing a Hero-of-Human-Rights Essay
Price: Free! Words: 48,590. Language: American English. Published: October 1, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Literacy, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Literacy
This free download describes a composition assignment that I have used successfully during my years of teaching at Ohio University.
How to Teach a Problem-Solving Letter Composition Project in 6 Classes
Price: Free! Words: 43,910. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Literacy
This document describes a composition project that I have successfully used during my years of teaching at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. The composition project is to write a Problem-Solving Letter that gives the reader information that the reader can use. This is practical writing, as opposed to academic research papers that teachers grade and return to their students.
The Kindest People: Be Excellent to Each Other (Volume 6)
Series: The Kindest People: Be Excellent to Each Other. Price: Free! Words: 95,530. Language: American English. Published: September 17, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
This book contains 250 stories about good deeds, including this one: One kind thing that cosplayers Rei-doll and Ryoko-demon of Russia, co-founders of R&R ArtGroup, do is to allow repostings of their photographs — provided that their photographs are not used for commercial purposes or photo-manipulations and provided that the reposter provides links and credit.
William Shakespeare’s "The Comedy of Errors": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,080. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Classics
This is an easy-to-read version of William Shakespeare's comic play "The Comedy of Errors," which revolves about the zany misunderstandings wrought by two sets of twins.
William Shakespeare's "Othello": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 42,420. Language: American English. Published: August 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Literature » Literary
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "Othello," in which the evil Iago lies and falsely convinces Othello, the Moor (black North African) of Venice, Italy, that his innocent wife, Desdemona, has been cheating on him.
How to Manage Your Money: A Guide for the Non-Rich
Price: Free! Words: 14,650. Language: American English. Published: August 21, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Personal finance / money management
This book was written to help you get a net worth with which you can be happy. It was written for the person just starting out, who is just beginning to make money and who wants to use that money wisely. It assumes that you aren’t a millionaire — many finance books have already been written for rich people.
William Shakespeare’s "The Tempest": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 29,360. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Literature » Literary
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "The Tempest." This is the last play he wrote by himself, although later he co-wrote two plays with John Fletcher. In "The Tempest," Prospero, who lives on a mostly deserted island with his daughter, Miranda, uses his magic powers to regain his rightful place as Duke of Milan.
William Shakespeare’s "Much Ado About Nothing": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 36,310. Language: American English. Published: April 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's classic romantic comedy "Much Ado About Nothing." In it, Beatrice and Benedick engage in verbal battles each time they meet, and yet they fall in love. Hero and Claudio marry despite misunderstandings. Dogberry and Verges provide comic malapropisms.
250 Music Anecdotes
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 40,390. Language: American English. Published: April 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Biography, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
This book contains 250 music anecdotes, including this one: Marian Anderson was a famous singer of opera and African-American spirituals. Occasionally, someone would tell her that they would do anything to be able to sing like her. She would smile and then ask, “Would you practice eight hours a day?”
William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 38,000. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Literature » Literary
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew." In it, Katherina vows before God — in the marriage ceremony — to love, honor, and obey her husband, but very quickly she makes it apparent that she is not taking her vow seriously. Her husband, Petruchio, is determined to convince her to take that vow seriously.
William Shakespeare’s "Julius Caesar": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 30,440. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Historical » Classical Greece & Rome
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar." For hundreds of years, the Romans had a republic rather than a kingdom. Many influential Romans, however, were afraid that Julius Caesar wanted to be King of the Romans, and they were determined to stop him. Shakespeare’s play tells what happened to Caesar and to those people who conspired against him.
William Shakespeare’s "As You Like It": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 35,110. Language: American English. Published: February 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's romantic comedy play titled "As You Like It." In it, Rosalind and Orlando fall instantly in love. Both need to escape separately to the Forest of Arden. There, Rosalind, in disguise as a young man named Ganymede, teaches Orlando about romantic love and how to be a proper husband for her. The romantic comedy ends with four weddings.
The Kindest People: Be Excellent to Each Other (Volume 5)
Series: The Kindest People: Be Excellent to Each Other, Book 5. Price: Free! Words: 88,900. Language: American English. Published: February 7, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Biography » Celebrity biography
THIS BOOK CONTAINS 250 STORIES OF GOOD DEEDS. One of the victims of the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks was former Bruin Ace Bailey, who died aboard one of the hijacked airliners that struck New York’s World Trade Center. Mr. Orr visited Mr. Bailey’s widow, Katherine, the following day. Mrs. Bailey said, “Bobby will always have a place in my heart.”
William Shakespeare’s "Twelfth Night": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 41,530. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
This book is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night." Viola is shipwrecked on the coast of Illyria, and she disguises herself in men's clothing and begins to work for Duke Orsino. Although she falls in love with him, her main job is to carry love messages from him to Countess Olivia, who falls in love with Viola, whom Olivia thinks is a man.
William Shakespeare’s "1 Henry IV, aka Henry IV, Part 1": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 42,810. Language: American English. Published: January 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Literature » Literary
This book is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "1 Henry IV," which is also known as "Henry IV, Part 1." In this book, we learn of Prince Hal's friendship with the evil but witty Falstaff, and we see Prince Hal redeem himself at the Battle of Shrewsbury in 1403. One of the play's main characters is Sir John Falstaff, Shakespeare's wittiest character.
William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,540. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's comedy "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Shakespeare’s comic target in this play is love and the crazy things it makes us do.
William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 39,310. Language: American English. Published: December 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Classics
This is an easy-to-read version of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." The story is well known. Juliet, who is not quite 14 years old, falls in love at first sight with Romeo, who is a little older and who falls in love at first sight with Juliet. Juliet is the only living child of the Capulets, and Romeo is the only living child of the Montagues. The Capulets and the Montagues are enemies
Philosophy for the Masses: Religion
Price: Free! Words: 73,910. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Religious philosophy
This book consists of a number of philosophical arguments concerning religion that I find interesting and that I think that some other people may find interesting. May you be struck by philosophical lightning.
Philosophy for the Masses: Metaphysics and More
Price: Free! Words: 44,140. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Metaphysics
(4.00)
This book consists of a number of philosophical arguments about metaphysics, epistemology, social and political philosophy, aesthetics, Eastern philosophy, and the meaning of life that I find interesting and that I think that some other people may find interesting. May you be struck by philosophical lightning.
Philosophy for the Masses: Ethics
Price: Free! Words: 56,490. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Ethics & moral philosophy
This book consists of a number of philosophical arguments about ethics that I find interesting and that I think that some other people may find interesting. May you be struck by philosophical lightning.
William Shakespeare's "Macbeth": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,330. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Literature » Literary
This book is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's MACBETH.
The Kindest People: Be Excellent to Each Other (Volume 4)
Series: The Kindest People: Be Excellent to Each Other, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 89,890. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
(5.00)
This book contains 250 accounts of good deeds, including this one: On 22 July 2013, Redditor Sfugious posted a photo on Imgur of a note that a co-worker received thanking him for a good deed. The note stated, “Hats off to Phil who found my phone. U r a life saver. I’ll name my first born after you. She won’t be happy about the name change but too bad.”
Homer's "Iliad": A Discussion Guide
Price: Free! Words: 178,610. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
This book uses a question-and-answer format. It poses, then answers, relevant questions about Homer, background information, and the "Iliad." This book goes through the Iliad book by book.
Homer's "Odyssey": A Discussion Guide
Price: Free! Words: 148,260. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
Teachers may find this book useful as a discussion guide for the epic poem. Teachers can have students read books from the epic poem, then teachers can ask students selected questions from this discussion guide.
Virgil’s "Aeneid": A Discussion Guide
Price: Free! Words: 27,580. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
This book uses a question-and-answer format. It poses, then answers, relevant questions about the "Aeneid." This book goes through the "Aeneid" book by book. Teachers may find this book useful as a discussion guide for the epic poem. Teachers can have students read chapters from the epic poem, then teachers can ask students selected questions from this discussion guide.
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