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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Two Trivial - Powell & Prosapio

There must be a minor home industry in trivia books, for instance,

Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Plunges into Texas.  Foreword by William Dylan Powell.  San Diego, Calif.:  Bathroom Readers Hysterical Society, 2004.  pbk 308 pages  $12.95

 Under 23 categories, almost 150 1-3 pagers expound in generally related paragraphs on the chosen topics.  Here you've got historical and contemporary shorts, jokes, lists, Q & A's, squabbles, biographical sketches, musical tours, odd moments, and claims to fame ranging from prehistory to today. 

What were Sam Houston's secrets?  Do real cowboys drink wine?  Was Jeff Skilling a pediatric nurse on a killing spree?  Name three Texas romance novelists (Fern Michaels, Jodi Thomas, and Debbie Macomber)?  What Speaker of the House described himself as "filled with humidity?"  Did Audie Murphy chop cotton?


     Bathroom Book of Texas Trivia:  Weird, Wacky and Wild.  By Winter Prosapio & Lisa Wojna, illus by Peter Tyler and Roger Garcia.   Blue Bike Books / Lone Pine Publishing, 2007.  224 pages, $14.95  ISBN 978-1-897278-30-7

New Braunfels writer, Winter Prosapio and her Canadian comrades offer hundreds of snippets in 70 categories on casual history, contemporary life, and science.  Did you know that Paris, Texas has a 65' tall replica of the Eiffel Tower?  Or that folks in Jefferson started a book club, now with over 30 chapters, named "Pulp Wood Queens of East Texas?"


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