David Bruce

Biography

I would like to see my retellings of classic literature used in schools, so I give permission to the country of Finland (and all other countries) to buy one copy of this eBook and give copies to all students forever. I also give permission to the state of Texas (and all other states) to buy one copy of this eBook and give copies to all students forever. I also give permission to all teachers to buy one copy of this eBook and give copies to all students forever.

Teachers need not actually teach my retellings. Teachers are welcome to give students copies of my eBooks as background material. For example, if they are teaching Homer’s “Iliad” and “Odyssey,” teachers are welcome to give students copies of my “Virgil’s ‘Aeneid’: A Retelling in Prose” and tell students, “Here’s another ancient epic you may want to read in your spare time.”

I also write collections of anecdotes; most of the anecdotes are funny or at least interesting, while some provoke thinking.

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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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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.
Virgil, “The Fall of Troy”: A Discussion Guide for Book 2 of Virgil’s "Aeneid"
Price: Free! Words: 27,540. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
This is a short discussion guide for Book 2 of Virgil’s "Aeneid," which is the fullest surviving ancient account of the Fall of Troy, one of the most important myths in the Western world. This book uses a question-and-answer format. It poses, then answers, relevant questions about Book 2 of Virgil’s "Aeneid."
Nicholas Sparks' "A Walk to Remember": A Discussion Guide
Price: Free! Words: 26,590. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
Nicholas Sparks has written many best-selling novels, and I say more power to him. Obviously, he has his finger on the pulse of much of the book-reading public, and this may mean that this book may be successfully used in a class filled with students who are normally non-readers.
William Shakespeare’s "1 Henry IV": A Discussion Guide
Price: Free! Words: 43,850. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
Teachers may find this book useful as a discussion guide for the play. Teachers can have students read a section of the play, then teachers can ask students selected questions from this study guide. Teachers can also use the discussion questions as the topics for short reaction memos.
William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream": A Discussion Guide
Price: Free! Words: 35,070. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
Teachers may find this book useful as a discussion guide for the comedy. Teachers can have students read a section of the play, then teachers can ask students selected questions from this study guide.
William Shakespeare's "Macbeth": A Discussion Guide
Price: Free! Words: 39,310. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
Teachers may find this book useful as a discussion guide for the tragedy. Teachers can have students read a section of the play, then teachers can ask students selected questions from this study guide.
William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet": A Discussion Guide
Price: Free! Words: 42,730. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
This book uses a question-and-answer format. This book goes through the play scene by scene. Teachers may find this book useful as a discussion guide for the tragedy. Teachers can have students read a section of the play, then teachers can ask students selected questions from this study guide.
William Sleator's "Oddballs": A Discussion Guide
Price: Free! Words: 41,980. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
A major reason to use "Oddballs" in schools is as a model for autobiographical writing. Writing autobiographical essays can be a fun composition assignment, and for some students it can be an art.
Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice": A Discussion Guide
Price: Free! Words: 79,730. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
Teachers may find this book useful as a discussion guide for the novel. Teachers can have students read chapters from the novel, then teachers can ask students selected questions from this discussion guide.
Jonathan Swift's "A Modern Proposal": A Discussion Guide
Price: Free! Words: 15,350. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
This short pamphlet contains Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal" and a few anecdotes about Jonathan Swift. It also includes a number of questions and their answers about Jonathan Swift and "A Modest Proposal."
Mark Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court": A Discussion Guide
Price: Free! Words: 75,140. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
Teachers may find this book useful as a discussion guide for the novel. Teachers can have students read chapters from the novel, then teachers can ask students selected questions from this book.
Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn": A Discussion Guide
Price: Free! Words: 77,690. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
This discussion guide will give teachers discussion questions to use in class as well as topics for student papers, both long and short.
Mark Twain's "The Prince and the Pauper": A Discussion Guide
Price: Free! Words: 59,030. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
Teachers may find this book useful as a discussion guide for the novel. Teachers can have students read chapters from the novel, then teachers can ask students selected questions from this book.
Mark Twain's "Adventures of Tom Sawyer": A Discussion Guide
Price: Free! Words: 59,280. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
Teachers may find this book useful as a discussion guide for the novel. Teachers can have students read chapters from the novel, then teachers can ask students selected questions from this book.
Mark Twain Anecdotes and Quotes
Price: Free! Words: 15,080. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Literary biography
This short 13,000-word pamphlet contains Mark Twain anecdotes and quotations and a short biography.
Voltaire's "Candide": A Discussion Guide
Price: Free! Words: 40,150. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
Teachers may find this book useful as a discussion guide for the novel. Teachers can have students read chapters from the short novel, then teachers can ask students selected questions from this study guide.
Dante's "Paradise": A Discussion Guide
Price: Free! Words: 59,920. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
Teachers may find this discussion guide useful. Teachers can have students read cantos from the epic poem, then teachers can ask students selected questions from this discussion guide.
Dante's "Purgatory": A Discussion Guide
Price: Free! Words: 58,910. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
Teachers may find this discussion guide useful. Teachers can have students read cantos from the epic poem, then teachers can ask students selected questions from this discussion guide.
Dante's "Inferno": A Discussion Guide
Price: Free! Words: 83,340. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
The purpose of this book is educational. I have read, studied, and taught Dante’s "Divine Comedy," and I wish to pass on what I have learned to other people who are interested in studying Dante’s "Divine Comedy."
Forrest Carter's "The Education of Little Tree": A Discussion Guide
Price: Free! Words: 19,190. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
This book contains many questions about Forrest Carter’s "The Education of Little Tree" and their answers. I hope that teachers of young adults will find it useful as a guide for discussions. It can also be used for short writing assignments. Students can answer selected questions from this little guide orally or in one or more paragraphs.
Jerry Spinelli's "Stargirl": A Discussion Guide
Price: Free! Words: 36,920. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
The purpose of this book is educational. I enjoy reading Jerry Spinelli’s "Stargirl," and I believe that it is an excellent book for young adults (and for middle-aged adults such as myself) to read.
Jerry Spinelli's "Maniac Magee": A Discussion Guide
Price: Free! Words: 18,290. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides -- Book Notes
The purpose of this book is educational. I enjoy reading Jerry Spinelli’s "Maniac Magee," and I believe that it is an excellent book for children (and for adults such as myself) to read.
Lois Lowry's "Number the Stars": A Discussion Guide
Price: Free! Words: 14,020. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
The purpose of this book is educational. I enjoy reading Lois Lowry’s "Number the Stars," and I believe that it is an excellent book for children (and for middle-aged adults such as myself) to read.
Nancy Garden's "Annie on My Mind": A Discussion Guide
Price: Free! Words: 27,760. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
The purpose of this book is educational. I enjoy reading Nancy Garden’s "Annie on My Mind," and I believe that it is an excellent book for young adults (and for middle-aged adults such as myself) to read.
Lloyd Alexander's "The Book of Three": A Discussion Guide
Price: Free! Words: 19,590. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
The purpose of this book is educational. I enjoy reading Lloyd Alexander’s "The Book of Three," and I believe that it is an excellent book for children (and for adults such as myself) to read.
Lloyd Alexander's "The Black Cauldron": A Discussion Guide
Price: Free! Words: 39,830. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
The purpose of this book is educational. I enjoy reading Lloyd Alexander’s "The Black Cauldron," and I believe that it is an excellent book for children (and for adults such as myself) to read.
Lloyd Alexander's "The Castle of Llyr": A Discussion Guide
Price: Free! Words: 57,940. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
This is a discussion for Lloyd Alexander’s "The Castle of Llyr." The purpose of this book is educational. I enjoy reading Lloyd Alexander’s "The Castle of Llyr," and I believe that it is an excellent book for children (and for adults such as myself) to read.
Jason and the Argonauts: A Retelling in Prose of Apollonius of Rhodes’ Argonautica
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,780. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Jason and the Argonauts tells the story of their quest to find the Golden Fleece. They sail from Greece into the Black Sea. With the help of the sorceress Medea, they succeed in getting the Golden Fleece but then have to sail back home. This myth is one of the most important myths of ancient Greece.
The Kindest People: Be Excellent to Each Other (Volume 3)
Series: The Kindest People: Be Excellent to Each Other, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 82,600. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Celebrity biography, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
This book contains 250 stories of good deeds, including this one: Someone who posted anonymously on Quora.com wrote about a man who may have been homeless who came into a truck stop and asked a waitress whether 38 cents was enough to buy a cup of coffee. She replied, “Of course. Have a seat.” The real price of a cup of coffee at the truck stop was 50 cents.
250 Anecdotes About Opera
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 31,270. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Opera, Nonfiction » Biography » Celebrity biography
This book contains 250 anecdotes about opera, including this one: Theater director Tyrone Guthrie was a fan of opera — and especially of Verdi’s Requiem. Often, he would sing along with his recording and shout, “Yes! Yes!” His wife, Judy, occasionally asked him, “Tony, can we just listen to it?” Mr. Guthrie always replied by shouting, “No — get involved.”
Honey Badger Goes to Hell — and Heaven
Price: Free! Words: 58,320. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Religious
For mature readers. This book — which is bt Martina Donna Ramone and David Bruce — tells the life and times of Honey Badger, a young activist who lived a good life but was raped and murdered and decided to visit Hell before climbing the Mountain of Purgatory.
The Kindest People: Be Excellent to Each Other (Volume 2)
Series: The Kindest People: Be Excellent to Each Other, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 73,210. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Biography » Celebrity biography
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When Jamie Farr's father died, Jamie was broke and needed money to get to Phoenix, Arizona, for the funeral. Jamie started to tell a long-time friend, Andy Fenady, his problem, and before Jamie was able to finish, Andy gave him a signed blank check and said, “Fill it out for whatever amount you need.” Jamie filled it out for $50 — at the time that was enough money for a round-trip air ticket.
From the Iliad to the Odyssey: A Retelling in Prose of Quintus of Smyrna’s Posthomerica
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,440. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Quintus of Smyrna told the story of the Trojan War from the burial of Hector until the Greeks set sail for home after the fall of Troy. In other words, he told the story of the Trojan War from the end of the Iliad to when Odysseus sets sail for home in the Odyssey after Troy has fallen.
Virgil's "Aeneid": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,550. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Literature » Literary
This book is a retelling of Virgil's "Aeneid" in novel form. The "Aeneid" is well worth reading. In addition to being the epic of ancient Rome, the "Aeneid" contains the fullest surviving ancient account of the fall of Troy. It also contains the story of the tragic love affair between Aeneas and Dido, the queen of Carthage—a story that Virgil apparently invented.
Homer's "Iliad": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 119,920. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Classics
This is a retelling of Homer's great epic poem ILIAD in novel form.
Create, Then Take a Break: 250 Miscellaneous Anecdotes and Stories
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,770. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Celebrity biography, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
This book contains 250 anecdotes about various creative activities. A sample: Corey Ford’s writings were widely plagiarized—especially his short humorous piece “How to Guess Your Age.” Whenever this happened, Mr. Ford would sue, winning every case. He once said about his lawsuits, “I find this a much easier way to make a living than by writing.”
I Want to Die—Or Fight Back
Price: Free! Words: 10,680. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
FOR ADULTS ONLY This short story contains adult themes such as rape and other kinds of violence. This short story is not erotica.
The Erotic Adventures of Candide
Price: Free! Words: 65,310. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor
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For Adults Only. Erotic Satire. This is an erotic version of Voltaire's satiric masterpiece with additional satire for our times.
Candide's Two Girlfriends
Price: Free! Words: 17,460. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Literary Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » General
For Adults Only. No violence. Explicit sex. Male fantasy. Ch. 1: Betty and Vicky Meet Candide. Times were tough, economically and politically and socially, and Betty and Vicky were on the streets, and not by choice. Why would two women be on the streets if they had another, warmer place—with food—to be. Still, they had each other. What they had previously had was bad boyfriends, bad friends, …
The Kindest People: Be Excellent to Each Other (Volume 1)
Series: The Kindest People: Be Excellent to Each Other, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 73,880. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Biography » Celebrity biography
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This book contains 250 stories about good deeds, including this one: Some children are incredibly nice. A boy named Jacob made his mother a glass of strawberry-flavored milk. He left it in the refrigerator along with this note: “Dear Mom, This is for you, I understand how hard you work, and I know you love strawberry milk so, I made this for you. :) Jacob.”
Dante's "Divine Comedy": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 161,760. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Educational, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
This is a retelling of Dante's "Divine Comedy," in which Dante tells about visiting the Inferno, the Mountain of Purgatory, and Paradise.
Dante's "Paradise": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,280. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Educational, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
This book is a retelling in prose of Dante's "Paradise," the third part of his "Divine Comedy."
The Kindest People: Heroes and Good Samaritans (Volume 7)
Series: The Kindest People: Heroes and Good Samaritans, Book 7. Price: Free! Words: 78,090. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Ethics & moral philosophy
This book contains 250 stories of Good Samaritans and Heroes. A Sample: Good deeds tend to be practical and pragmatic rather than elegant. In 1977, poet Deena Metzger fell on an icy street in New York City. A black man saw her and ordered two young males who happened to be walking nearby, “Pick that woman up!”
Dante's "Purgatory": A Retelling in Prose
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,650. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Educational
This is a retelling in prose of Dante's "Purgatory," the second part of his "Divine Comedy." In this volume, Dante the Pilgrim climbs the Mountain of Purgatory with his guide, the Roman epic poet Virgil. Dante purges the seven deadly sins, and at the top of the mountain he finds the Forest of Eden, aka the Garden of Eden. Finally, he sees Beatrice for the first time after her death.

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