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Powerful public speaking May 24, 2007

Posted by sneaks in adult, display topics, nonfiction, summer.


‘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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