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Quintessential Collection of Notable Quotables: Uncle John's Bathroom Reader    by Bathroom Readers' Institute order for
Quintessential Collection of Notable Quotables
by Bathroom Readers' Institute
Order:  USA  Can
Portable Press, 2007 (2007)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

This Quintessential Collection of Notable Quotables is a 2nd book of sayings from that eminent source of flushable trivia, the Bathroom Readers' Institute. Quotes 'For Every Conceivable Occasion' are organized under unusual headings, like Battle of the Sexes, Pot-Pourri, and Don't. Those quoted are just as varied - from comedians like Bill Cosby to author J. R. R. Tolkien and people born on April 19th.

What do they have to say? There are the usual and expected - to be found in other quote books - like Shakespearian Wisdom, the Irish proverb, 'A friend's eye is a good mirror', Cathy Guisewrite's 'The story of a mother's life: Trapped between a scream and a hug', and Norman Cousins' 'History is a vast early warning system.' But then we also bump into quotes about UFO's, Bushisms, and Potter's Aphorisms from Mash - remember 'Sufferin' saddlesoap'?

Some thought is required from the reader too, with quizzes like Name That Line, matching quotes to sources. Interspersed throughout are sections from Uncle John's Quotationary (reminiscent of Ambrose Bierce's Devil's Dictionary) with definitions like Cher's 'KLEENEX: What men should be like; soft, strong, and disposable' and J. M. Barrie's 'LIFE: a long lesson in humility.' And don't miss the small print at the bottom of each page, for more sayings, like Candice Bergen's 'Hollywood ... it's like Picasso's bathroom.'

Speaking of which, this Quintessential Collection of Notable Quotables is just the thing for bathroom reading, whether there's time only for a quick look, or a long reading interlude.

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