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Reading Marco Polo's "The Travels" this week, I was struck how like a very early Lonely Planet Guide this 13th century manuscript is. Except, the venerable Marco desperately needs a great modern editor to make his chapter titles a bit more zappy, and to create history boxes and culture boxes to highlight features of interest. Maps and some illustrations would make the text a bit less stuffy, too.
That got me thinking ... how much of a book's success is from the original content, and…Continue
Posted on February 10, 2008 at 10:13am
Far too many times I have picked up a book on a specialist subject to find it is heavy and indigestible!
Full of long, technical words, and pompous opinion, I am turned off before I have finished chapter one.....
John Shindeldecker avoids this pitfall in "The World of Alevis". He creates a readable but informative introduction to this group of Islamic believers in the Middle East. He says, "My hope is that the reader will have a tasty, balanced meal, and the appetite to come…Continue
Posted on January 20, 2008 at 6:32am
Have you ever stopped to consider how children learn language, or how they develop reading skills?
If you are a children's books author, this is an essential part of your understanding of your target customer.
Peter Pikkert is an expert in this area, and he has written a book that helps adults learn a foreign language in the same way that children learn their native language.Continue
Posted on January 13, 2008 at 1:53am
|Biographies are always a fascinating read. Our curiosity about famous people means we are intrigued to see whether the real person behind the famous persona is exactly like the image portrayed, or whether there is some chink in their armor, some skeleton in the cupboard, or some childhood tragedy that has made them how they…|
Posted on October 7, 2007 at 5:23am — 1 Comment
Houses often form an important character in a book. Just think of "The Lake House" in the film of that name. Click on my review in today's paper for another house that is the eponymous hero of a Turkish book ....
Posted on September 30, 2007 at 4:28am