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The New York Public Library Desk Reference
The New York Public Library Desk Reference Author:New York Public Library Cover has a picture of one of the stone lions in front of the NY Public Library. — Who are the eleven horses who've won the Triple Crown? How many cards are in a pinochle deck? Who won the Oscar for Best Actress in 1933? When was the landmark "Brown vs Board of Education" decision reached by the Supreme Court? What does RAM mean? How soon after t... more »he wedding should thank-you notes be written? What exactly is a dangling participle? Which two-letter words are acceptable in Scrabble? How do you calculate your net worth? What is the Symbol for diameter? How is the volume of a sphere calculated mathematically? Who invented the steam shovel? When did Bustave Glaubert publish "Madame Bovary"?
Where do you turn for the answers to these and thousands of other questions?
This book is a wealth of information on every conceivable topic you can imagine. It is a reference book that can settle disagreements, as well as start new ones. I like to browse through it just to pick up general information. It is arrange by general Areas of information and also contains an index for looking up specific items. I find when I look something up, I also wind up reading other nearby facts which catch my fancy. Not much of a plot, but totally absorbing.