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Powerful public speaking May 24, 2007

Posted by sneaks in adult, display topics, nonfiction, summer.
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‘Tis the season, what with graduations and weddings and Hall of Fame ceremonies and whatnot, for people to make speeches and toasts.

Help ’em out a little with a selection from 808.51, plus books of humor, quotable essays and poetry (also the odd children’s book!). Click “more” for a few suggestions:

Congratulations! now what? a book for graduates by Bill Cosby. 818 C

Town & country modern manners : the thinking person’s guide to social graces edited by Thomas P. Farley. 395 T

Death sentences : how clichés, weasel words, and management-speak are strangling public language. Don Watson. 428 W

Mountain man dance moves : McSweeney’s book of lists from the editors of McSweeney’s. 817 M

Nothing’s sacred  by Lewis Black. 814 B

Good advice for young trendy people of all ages Jennifer Blowdryer, editor. 646.7 G

A prairie home companion pretty good joke book818 P

The areas of my expertise : an almanac of complete world knowledge compiled with instructive annotation and arranged in useful order … by me, John Hodgman. 818 H

Something I said? : innuendo and out the other Michael Feldman. 818 F

We are the ones we have been waiting for : light in a time of darkness meditations Alice Walker. 811 W

America (the book) : a citizen’s guide to democracy inaction written and ed. by Jon Stewart, Ben Karlin, David Javerbaum; with a foreword by Thomas Jefferson. 973.02 S

Love : selected poems by E. E. Cummings. Y 811 C

Boogers are my beat : more lies, but some actual journalism Dave Barry. 814 B

Who stole my cheese?!! : an a-mazing way to make more money from the poor suckers that you cheated in your work and in your life : a parody by Ilene Hochberg. 658.3 H

Bear hugs : romantically ridiculous animal rhymes Karma Wilson. J 811 W

Funny letters from famous people edited by Charles Osgood.  818 F

A patriot’s handbook : songs, poems, stories, and speeches celebrating the land we love selected and introduced by Caroline Kennedy. 810.8 P

Fierce pajamas : an anthology of humor writing from the New Yorker edited by David Remnick and Henry Finder.  817 F

The CEO of the sofa by P.J. O’Rourke.  818 O

Mirth of a nation : the best contemporary humor edited by Michael J. Rosen.  817 M

Laughter, the best medicine : more than 600 jokes, gags, and laugh lines for all occasions from America’s most popular magazine Reader’s Digest. 818 R

The 2000 year old man goes to school by Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner. E

Couplehood Paul Reiser. 818 R

Russell Baker’s book of American humor. 818 R

Bart Simpson’s guide to life helped into print by Matt Groening.  741.5 G

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