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1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List

by James Mustich

The ultimate book for book lovers: the 1,000 must-read books across genres and eras, each accompanied by a thought-provoking short essay on why the book is so essential.

1,000 Places to See Before You Die: Revised Second Edition

by Patricia Schultz

The world&’s bestselling travel book is back in a more informative, more experiential, more budget-friendly full-color edition.

1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die

by Tom Moon

The musical adventure of a lifetime. The most exciting book on music in years. A book of treasure, a book of discovery, a book to open your ears to new worlds of pleasure. Doing for music what Patricia Schultz—author of the phenomenal 1,000 Places to See Before You Die—does for travel, Tom Moon recommends 1,000 recordings guaranteed to give listeners the joy, the mystery, the revelation, the sheer fun of great music. This is a book both broad and deep, drawing from the diverse worlds of classical, jazz, rock, pop, blues, country, folk, musicals, hip-hop, world, opera, soundtracks, and more. It's arranged alphabetically by artist to create the kind of unexpected juxtapositions that break down genre bias and broaden listeners’ horizons— it makes every listener a seeker, actively pursuing new artists and new sounds, and reconfirming the greatness of the classics. Flanking J. S. Bach and his six entries, for example, are the little-known R&B singer Baby Huey and the '80s Rastafarian hard-core punk band Bad Brains. Farther down the list: The Band, Samuel Barber, Cecelia Bartoli, Count Basie, and Afropop star Waldemer Bastos. Each entry is passionately written, with expert listening notes, fascinating anecdotes, and the occasional perfect quote—"Your collection could be filled with nothing but music from Ray Charles," said Tom Waits, "and you'd have a completely balanced diet." Every entry identifies key tracks, additional works by the artist, and where to go next. And in the back, indexes and playlists for different moods and occasions.

The 1,000 Wisest Things Ever Said: Wisdom of the Nobel Prize Winners

by David Pratt

Since 1901 the Nobel Prize has been the hallmark of genius, but Nobel laureates tend to be more than merely brilliant - their idealism, courage and concern for humanity have also made them sources of inspiration and insight. The 1,000 Wisest Things Ever Said is a fascinating collection of quotes from the winners of this most prestigious award. It also includes short biographical sketches of each of the laureates quoted and a brief history of the Nobel Prize. Astute, witty and poignant by turns, these insightful nuggets will inspire and charm, and are a delightful, thought-provoking look at the world through the eyes of some of its wisest men and women.

1,107 Baby Names That Stand the Test of Time

by Jennifer Griffin

There are tens of thousands of baby names out there—and books that dutifully list them. And then there is 1,107 Baby Names That Stand the Test of Time—a curated, considered, opinionated, and richly informative guide that winnows down the world of baby names to help moms and dads make smart choices, sidestep the trendiness trap, and avoid the ranks of parents (more than 54%) who later regret the name they chose. A guide for parents who know that the perfect name lasts a lifetime—it suits not just a cuddly newborn but grows with a child from babyhood through adulthood. 1,107 Baby Names That Stand the Test of Time makes a strong case for each name selected and features the name's definition, history, variations and nicknames, and its "meaning" in the larger cultural sense. Includes a primer on the basic rules of baby naming including sounds, rhythm, ethnic traditions, and effective use of a middle name.

1,227 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off: Fixed Format Layout

by John Lloyd John Mitchinson James Harkin

'I love these books ... the best books ever. Brilliant' Chris EvansQI is the smartest comedy show on British television, but few people know that we're also a major legal hit in Australia, New Zealand, Israel and Africa and an illegal one on BitTorrent. We also write books and newspaper columns; run some (frankly thriving, if we do say so ourselves) social media pages; and some of us appear on The Zoe Ball Breakfast Showon BBC Radio 2 every week to answer your questions. At the core of what we do is the astonishing fact - painstakingly researched and distilled to a brilliant and shocking clarity. In Einstein's words: 'Everything should be as simple as possible, but not simpler.'Did you know that: Cows moo in regional accents.The entire internet weighs less than a grain of sand.Tintin is called Tantan in Japanese because TinTin is pronounced 'Chin chin' and means penis.The water in the mouth of a blue whale weighs more than its body.Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981, it is explicitly illegal in Britain to use a machinegun to kill a hedgehog.1,227 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off will make you look at the universe (and your socks) in an alarming new way.

1,339 QI Facts To Make Your Jaw Drop: Fixed Format Layout

by John Lloyd John Mitchinson James Harkin

'I love these books ... the best books ever. Brilliant' Chris Evans1,399 QI Facts To Make Your Jaw Drop by John Lloyd, John Mitchinson and James Harkin is packed with even more fascinating facts.Whilst you're bending over to grab your socks following the succes of 1,227 QI Facts to Blow Your Socks Off, don't forget pick up your jaw as the QI team returns with a fresh stack of facts to astonish and enlighten.Did you know that:Pigs suffer from anorexia.It is impossible to whistle in a spacesuit.The first computer mouse was made of wood.Rugby School's first official rugby kit in 1871 included a bow tie.Lord Kitchener had four spaniels called Shot, Bang, Miss and Damn.J. K Rowling has no middle name.If there are any facts you don't believe, or if you want to know more about them, all the sources can be found on QI's website.

1,411 QI Facts To Knock You Sideways: To Knock You Sideways

by John Lloyd John Mitchinson James Harkin

'I love these books ... the best books ever. Brilliant' Chris Evans1,411 QI Facts to Knock You Sideways, by John Lloyd, John Mitchinson and James Harkin, contains all-new facts from the QI team to astonish, delight and enlighten.1,227 QI Facts blew your socks off. 1,339 QI Facts made your jaw drop. Now the QI team return with this year's groaning sack of astonishment. Prepare to be knocked sideways...Did you know that:Orchids can get jetlag.Lizards can't walk and breathe at the same time.There are 177,147 ways to tie a tie.Ladybird orgasms last for 30 minutes.Traffic lights existed before cars.Sir Bruce Forsyth is four months older than sliced bread.The soil in your garden is 2 million years old.If there are any facts you don't believe, or if you want to know more about them, all the sources can be found on qi.com.

1,423 QI Facts to Bowl You Over

by John Lloyd James Harkin Anne Miller John Mitchinson

'I love these books ... the best books ever. Brilliant' Chris EvansThe sixth book in the bestselling series brings bizarre, astonishing, conversation-starting facts from the clever clogs at the hugely popular BBC quiz show QI. Did you know that: Iceland imports ice cubes. A group of ladybirds is called a loveliness. It is illegal in Saudi Arabia to name a child Sandi. Eight billion particles of fog can fit into a teaspoon. People who read books live longer than people who don't. Prince Philip was born on a kitchen table in Corfu. No human beings have ever had sex in space.Netfiix's biggest competitor is sleep. Mice sigh up to 40 times an hour.

10,000 Dreams Interpreted

by Pamela Ball

Enter the fascinating world of dreams, their mysteries, their meanings: To dream of a bird flying freely represents hopes and aspirations To dream of winter means a time in life that is not fruitful To be visited by someone in a dream can mean that there is information, warmth, or love available To be searching in a dream is an attempt to find an answer to a problemThese are just a few of the 10,000 dream images and interpretations contained in this volume, a book that can bring insight, clarification, and guidance.

10,000 Tips: How to Do Almost Everything

by Katherine Sorrell

What should you do if a bird flies into your house? How do you write the perfect CV? How could you get a flight upgrade? How can you revamp a tired room? From pastry making to public speaking, decluttering to DIY, first aid to picture framing, this is your one-stop guide to finding out everything you'll need to know to improve your house, health, work and free time. Covering both everyday and exotic tasks, including how to spot a genuine antique, choosing a dream vacation destination and negotiating a payrise, 10,000 Tips is the go-to reference book that no one should be without.

10,000 Ways to Die: A Director's Take On The Spaghetti Western

by Alex Cox

40 years ago as a Graduate student I wrote a book about Spaghetti Westerns, called 10,000 Ways to Die. It's an embarrassing tome when I look at it now: full of half-assed semiotics and other attenuated academic nonsense. In the intervening period, I have had the interesting experience of being a film director. So now, when I watch these films, I'm looking at them from a different perspective. A professional perspective maybe...I'm thinking about what the filmmakers intended, how they did that shot, how the director felt when his film was recut by the studio and he was creatively and financially screwed. 10,000 Ways to Die is an entirely new book about an under-studied subject, the Spaghetti Western, from a director's POV. Not only have these films stood the test of time; some of them are very high art. - Alex Cox

10 Easy-Care Perennials

by Marcella Shaffer

If you love to garden but don't have much time to spend weeding, watering, and fussing over your plants, perennials are the perfect flowers for you. Most perennials self-propagate and multiply on their own, increasing in beauty and size each year. They are also less expensive and time-consuming than annuals over the long term, because you don't have to buy new plants each year. But choosing the best plants from today's selection of literally thousands of perennials is enough to stump any flower enthusiast, let alone a beginning gardener. This booklet will introduce you to 10 beautiful perennials that are undemanding, wonderfully versatile, and adaptable to a variety of growing conditions. They're not particularly fussy about soil conditions, and they can tolerate both drought and overwatering, as long as they have adequate drainage. These wonders of the perennial world grow quickly, require little maintenance, and reward you with a kaleidoscope of color and gorgeous foliage year after year.

The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time: Decoding History's Unsolved Mysteries

by Brad Meltzer

From #1 bestselling author Brad Meltzer, a riveting collection of the 10 greatest historical conspiracies of all time, from around the world and across the eras, including Hitler's interest in capturing the Roman "Spear of Destiny" to the Kennedy assassination (did Oswald act alone?) to Area 51. Previously collected in the interactive book History Decoded, these stories are now collected in a reading book for any history buff.

10 Steps to Beautiful Roses: Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-110 (Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin)

by Maggie Oster

Grow beautiful roses in 10 simple steps! Whether you&’re a novice learning the basics or an experience gardener looking for tips to improve your blooms, Maggie Oster&’s expert advice offers all the know-how you&’ll need. In 10 easy steps, you'll have beautiful, fragrant roses with minimum fuss and maximum yield.

100,000 + Baby Names: The most helpful, complete, & up-to-date name book

by Bruce Lansky

The most helpful, complete, and yearly up-to-date name bookWhat's new about names? The new edition of 100,000+ Baby Names by Bruce Lansky features the most up-to-date lists of names, trends, advice, and fascinating facts about names, including:Hundreds of newly popular names and variationsThe latest list of top 100 names for boys and girlsThe latest naming trends: what's hot and what's notThe most rapidly rising and falling top 1,000 namesUpdated lists of names to consider, including names of newly famous people and fictional charactersThe most popular gender-neutral names and their rates of use (more for boys, more for girls, or 50/50)New (and classic) celebrity baby namesAnd our list of names from around the world keeps growing! Here you'll find more than 100,000 names--complete with origins, meanings, variations, and famous namesakes. You'll find names from major linguistic and ethnic groups of origin, including English (19,000 names), Latin (11,000 names), Greek (11,000 names), American (11,000 names), Hebrew (9,000 names), Hispanic (9,000 names), French (8,000 names), Irish (7,000 names), and German (6,000 names)--plus thousands of Scottish, Welsh, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Scandinavian, Polish, Native American, Hawaiian, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Australian/Aboriginal, African, and Hindi names. The list features unique spellings of popular names that are catching on, plus newly popular names and variations not listed in other books and websites.

100,000+ Baby Names: The most helpful, complete, & up-to-date name book

by Bruce Lansky

The most helpful, complete, and yearly up-to-date name book What's new about names? The new edition of 100,000+ Baby Names by Bruce Lansky features the most up-to-date lists of names, trends, advice, and fascinating facts about names, including:Hundreds of newly popular names and variationsThe latest list of top 100 names for boys and girlsThe latest naming trends: what's hot and what's notThe most rapidly rising and falling top 1,000 namesUpdated lists of names to consider, including names of newly famous people and fictional charactersThe most popular gender-neutral names and their rates of use (more for boys, more for girls, or 50/50)New (and classic) celebrity baby names And our list of names from around the world keeps growing! Here you'll find more than 100,000 names--complete with origins, meanings, variations, and famous namesakes. You'll find names from major linguistic and ethnic groups of origin, including English (19,000 names), Latin (11,000 names), Greek (11,000 names), American (11,000 names), Hebrew (9,000 names), Hispanic (9,000 names), French (8,000 names), Irish (7,000 names), and German (6,000 names)--plus thousands of Scottish, Welsh, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Scandinavian, Polish, Native American, Hawaiian, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Australian/Aboriginal, African, and Hindi names. The list features unique spellings of popular names that are catching on, plus newly popular names and variations not listed in other books and websites.

100 Bible Films (BFI Screen Guides)

by Matthew Page

From The Passion of the Christ to Life of Brian, and from The Ten Commandments to Last Temptation of Christ, filmmakers have been adapting the stories of the Bible for over 120 years, from first time the Höritz Passion Play was filmed in the Czech Republic back in 1897. Ever since, these stories have inspired musicals, comedies, sci-fi, surrealist visions and the avant garde not to mention spawning their own genre, the biblical epic. Filmmakers across six continents and from all kinds of religious perspectives (or none at all), have adapted the greatest stories ever told, delighting some and infuriating others.100 Bible Films is the indispensible guide to this wide and varied output, providing an authoritative but accessible history of biblical adaptations through one hundred of the most interesting and significant biblical films. Richly illustrated with film stills, this book depicts how such films have undertaken a complex negotiation between art, commerce, entertainment and religion.Matthew Page traces the screen history of the biblical stories from the very earliest silent passion plays, via the golden ages of the biblical epic, through to more innovative and controversial later films as well as covering significant TV adaptations. He discusses films made not only by some of our greatest filmmakers, artists such as Martin Scorsese, Jean Luc Godard, Alice Guy, Roberto Rossellini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Lotte Reiniger, Carl Dreyer and Luis Buñuel, but also those looking to explore their faith or share it with lovers of cinema the world over.

100 Bible Films (BFI Screen Guides)

by Matthew Page

From The Passion of the Christ to Life of Brian, and from The Ten Commandments to Last Temptation of Christ, filmmakers have been adapting the stories of the Bible for over 120 years, from first time the Höritz Passion Play was filmed in the Czech Republic back in 1897. Ever since, these stories have inspired musicals, comedies, sci-fi, surrealist visions and the avant garde not to mention spawning their own genre, the biblical epic. Filmmakers across six continents and from all kinds of religious perspectives (or none at all), have adapted the greatest stories ever told, delighting some and infuriating others.100 Bible Films is the indispensible guide to this wide and varied output, providing an authoritative but accessible history of biblical adaptations through one hundred of the most interesting and significant biblical films. Richly illustrated with film stills, this book depicts how such films have undertaken a complex negotiation between art, commerce, entertainment and religion.Matthew Page traces the screen history of the biblical stories from the very earliest silent passion plays, via the golden ages of the biblical epic, through to more innovative and controversial later films as well as covering significant TV adaptations. He discusses films made not only by some of our greatest filmmakers, artists such as Martin Scorsese, Jean Luc Godard, Alice Guy, Roberto Rossellini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Lotte Reiniger, Carl Dreyer and Luis Buñuel, but also those looking to explore their faith or share it with lovers of cinema the world over.

100 Birds and How They Got Their Names

by Diana Wells

How did cranes come to symbolize matrimonial happiness? Why were magpies the only creatures that would not go inside Noah's Ark? Birds and bird imagery are integral parts of our language and culture. With her remarkable ability to dig up curious and captivating facts, Diana Wells hatches a treat for active birders and armchair enthusiasts alike. Meet the intrepid adventurers and naturalists who risked their lives to describe and name new birds. Learn the mythical stories of the gods and goddess associated with bird names. Explore the avian emblems used by our greatest writers--from Coleridge's albatross in "The Ancient Mariner" to Poe's raven. A sampling of the bird lore you'll find inside: Benjamin Franklin didn't want the bald eagle on our National Seal because of its "bad moral character," (it steals from other birds); he lobbied for the turkey instead. Chaffinches, whose Latin name means "unmarried," are called "bachelor birds" because they congregate in flocks of one gender. Since mockingbirds mimic speech, some Native American tribes fed mockingbird hearts to their children, believing it helped them learn language. A group of starlings is called a murmuration because they chatter so when they roost in the thousands. Organized alphabetically, each of these bird tales is accompanied by a two-color line drawing. Dip into 100 Birds and you'll never look at a sparrow, an ostrich, or a wren in quite the same way.

100 Children's Books: That Inspire Our World

by Colin Salter

An amazing guide to some of the most beloved, original, inspiring, hysterical, heart-warming, compelling, rude and downright scary books that have enchanted children the world over.

100 Documents that changed the world: From Magna Carta To Wikileaks

by Scott Christianson

100 Entertainers Who Changed America [2 volumes]: An Encyclopedia of Pop Culture Luminaries [2 volumes]

by Robert C. Sickels

This fascinating and thought-provoking read challenges readers to consider entertainers and entertainment in new ways, and highlights figures from outside the worlds of film, television, and music as influential "pop stars."Comprising approximately 100 entries from more than 50 contributors from a variety of fields, this book covers a wide historical swath of entertainment figures chosen primarily for their lasting influence on American popular culture, not their popularity. The result is a unique collection that spotlights a vastly different array of figures than would normally be included in a collection of this nature—and appeals to readers ranging from high school students to professionals researching specific entertainers.Each subject individual's influence on popular culture is analyzed from the context of his or her time to the present in a lively and engaging way and through a variety of intellectual approaches. Many entries examine commonly discussed figures' influence on popular culture in ways not normally seen—for example, the widespread appeal of Woody Allen's essay collections to other comedians; or the effect of cinematic adaptations of Tennessee Williams' plays in breaking down Hollywood censorship.

100 Entertainers Who Changed America [2 volumes]: An Encyclopedia of Pop Culture Luminaries [2 volumes]

by Robert C. Sickels

This fascinating and thought-provoking read challenges readers to consider entertainers and entertainment in new ways, and highlights figures from outside the worlds of film, television, and music as influential "pop stars."Comprising approximately 100 entries from more than 50 contributors from a variety of fields, this book covers a wide historical swath of entertainment figures chosen primarily for their lasting influence on American popular culture, not their popularity. The result is a unique collection that spotlights a vastly different array of figures than would normally be included in a collection of this nature—and appeals to readers ranging from high school students to professionals researching specific entertainers.Each subject individual's influence on popular culture is analyzed from the context of his or her time to the present in a lively and engaging way and through a variety of intellectual approaches. Many entries examine commonly discussed figures' influence on popular culture in ways not normally seen—for example, the widespread appeal of Woody Allen's essay collections to other comedians; or the effect of cinematic adaptations of Tennessee Williams' plays in breaking down Hollywood censorship.

100 Great Black Britons: A celebration of the extraordinary contribution of key figures of African or Caribbean descent to British Life

by Patrick Vernon Angelina Osborne

A long-overdue book honouring the remarkable achievements of key Black British individuals over many centuries, in collaboration with the 100 Great Black Britons campaign founded and run by Patrick Vernon OBE.'Buillding on decades of scholarship, this book by Patrick Vernon and Dr Angelina Osborne brings the biographies of Black Britons together and vividly expands the historical backdrop against which these hundred men and women lived their lives.'From the Foreword, by DAVID OLUSOGA'I am delighted to see the relaunch of 100 Great Black Britons. For too long the contribution of Britons of African and Caribbean heritage have been underestimated, undervalued and overlooked' SADIQ KHAN, Mayor of LondonPatrick Vernon's landmark 100 Great Black Britons campaign of 2003 was one of the most successful movements to focus on the role of people of African and Caribbean descent in British history. Frustrated by the widespread and continuing exclusion of the Black British community from the mainstream popular conception of 'Britishness', despite Black people having lived in Britain for over a thousand years, Vernon set up a public poll in which anyone could vote for the Black Briton they most admired. The response to this campaign was incredible. As a result, a number of Black historical figures were included on the national school curriculum and had statues and memorials erected and blue plaques put up in their honour. Mary Seacole was adopted by the Royal College of Nursing and was given the same status as Florence Nightingale. Children and young people were finally being encouraged to feel pride in their history and a sense of belonging in Britain.Now, with this book, Vernon and Osborne have relaunched the campaign with an updated list of names and accompanying portraits - including new role models and previously little-known historical figures. Each entry explores in depth the individual's contribution to British history - a contribution that too often has been either overlooked or dismissed. In the wake of the 2018 Windrush scandal, and against the backdrop of Brexit, the rise of right-wing populism and the continuing inequality faced by Black communities across the UK, the need for this campaign is greater than ever.

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