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The Book of Origins: Discover the Amazing Origins of the Clothes We Wear, the Food We Eat, the People We Know, the Languages We Speak, and the Things

by Trevor Homer

Read Trevor Homer's posts on the Penguin Blog.

Everything—from the mundane (the pencil) to the catastrophic (the atom bomb)—has an origin, but often it’s not what we expect. A few things you may not have...


In the Loop & Up to Speed: Clever & Useful Business Terms Every Go-Getter Needs

by Caroline Taggart

The bottom line is this: The workplace is a minefield of business jargon that people exchange on a daily basis, and it can all start to sound like everyone around you is speaking another language. So if you...


The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread: Cliches: What they Mean and Where they Came From

by Nigel Fountain

Clichés, those trite little phrases that often get a point across quickly and efficiently, have become such a familiar part of the English language and people’s everyday speech. This entertaining book takes...


I Used to Know That: World History: Intriguing Facts About the World's Greatest Empires, Leader's, Cultures and Conflicts

by Emma Marriott

It can be difficult to keep different historical events and figures straight in your head, which is why I Used to Know That: World History presents major episodes in history with short, easily understood sections....


I Used to Know That: Science: Stuff You Forgot From School

by Marianne Taylor

Do you know why we are able to see light and hear sound? What is the Earth made of? How does the body produce energy? And, most important, does any of this matter? In I Used to Know That: Science, Marianne Taylor...


Easy as Pi: The Countless Ways We Use Numbers Every Day

by Jamie Buchan

Have you ever wondered what makes "seventh heaven" and "cloud nine" so blissful and the number 13 so unlucky? Here's the "4-1-1" on the origins of numerical expressions and the importance of numbers in fiction,...


Under the Covers and between the Sheets: Facts and Trivia about the World's Greatest Books

by C. Alan Joyce

Bibliophiles, grab your glasses! Here is a compendium of interesting--and often scandalous--facts and quips about the literary world. Featuring authors and tomes of yesteryear and yesterday, from Tolkien's Middle-...


The Classics: All You Need to Know, from Zeus's Throne to the Fall of Rome

by Caroline Taggart

It's no myth: this lively refresher course fills in all you need to know about ancient studies-from Zeus's throne to the fall of Rome-in pithy little quips. It covers the impressive advances made by Greek and...


Oh, Say Did You Know?: The Secret History of America's Famous Figures, Fads, Innovations & Emblems

by Fred DuBose

With wit and charm, Oh Say Did You Know serves up 300 intriguing events and ideas that helped shape the United States. Gain valuable insight into the intricacies of every period of American history, from colonial...


I Used to Know That: Stuff You Forgot From School

by Caroline Taggart

This small but mighty collection will trigger your memory with fun facts you learned in school-from adverbs to the Pythagorean Theorem. Witty, engaging, entertaining-a book you'll pick up again and again.

Author...


Secret Lives of Great Filmmakers: What Your Teachers Never Told You about the World's Greatest Directors

by Robert Schnakenberg & Mario Zucca

Strange-But-True Tales of Cross-Dressers, Drug Addicts, Foot Fetishists, and Other Legendary Filmmakers.

 

With outrageous and uncensored profiles of everyone from D. W. Griffith to Quentin Tarantino, Secret...


Now You Know Hockey: The Book of Answers

by Doug Lennox

Doug Lennox, the head referee of Q&A, delivers the score on everything from All-Stars to Zambonis, the skinny on how the term hat trick originated, and the answer to just where hockey was invented. You'll also...


Now You Know Golf

by Doug Lennox

Doug Lennox, the links pro of Q&A, hits the green with a barrage of golfing trivia on everything from albatrosses and barkies to Vardon grips and zingers. All the titans, male and female, take a swing, including...


Now You Know Pirates: The Little Book of Answers

by Doug Lennox

The true Blackbeard, Captain Kidd, Sir Henry Morgan, and lots more, from ancient keelhauling to twenty-first-century buccaneering, are all here in Q & A commodore Doug Lennox's Now You Know Pirates.


The Ultimate Canadian Sports Trivia Book: Volume 1

by Edward Zawadzki

Edward Zawadzki, Canadas Ultimate Sports Trivia Guy, brings together this dynamic collection of facts and oddities from the world of sports.


Now You Know Disasters: The Little Book of Answers

by Doug Lennox

In Now You Know Disasters, Q & A ringmaster Doug Lennox showcases the what, why, when, where, who, and how of everything that's gone tragically and terribly wrong, past and present.


Now You Know Big Book of Answers 2: A Collection of Classics with 150 Fascinating New Items

by Doug Lennox

Doug Lennox serves up a mammoth selection of some of his most cherished Q&As culled from his previous books. Also featured in this wide-ranging compendium are 150 brand-new questions answered with Doug's inimitable...


1000 Questions About Canada: Places, People, Things and Ideas, A Question-and-Answer Book on Canadian Facts and Culture

by John Robert Colombo

Is the dollar bill still legal tender? Who were the Symphony Six? What is the monkey-in-a-hat stamp? These are some of the questions answered within.


All About Weddings

by Ellen Bell

In All About Weddings, the ultimate question-and-answer book on matrimony, light is shed on the mysteries behind the rituals and rites of marriage; the past, present, and future of the enduring ceremony are...


Big Bang, Baby: Rock Trivia

by Richard Crouse

Big Bang, Baby will entertain and enlighten music fans and will challenge even the experienced rock trivia junkie.