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The New York Public Library Desk Reference

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A revised and updated edition of the best-selling reference features information organized into twenty-seven subject areas, including the Earth, fine arts, literature, etiquette, computers, and religions.
Hardcover, Second Edition, 930 pages
Published November 1st 1993 by MacMillan Publishing Company
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Cleaning my bookshelves is always dangerous because I end up wanting to sit down with every other book and get lost in it. The NYPL Desk Reference is particularly tempting. Google be damned, this book - full of all sorts of helpful &/or fascinating charts, lists, graphs, signs, symbols, useful addresses! cloud nomenclature!! - is delicious. I'm on the net as much as anyone, probably more than many, but you'll have to pry my paper books out of my clutching dead hands. And even then I might sl ...more
Oct 02, 2007 Laura rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Need definitions of frequently used foreign words and phrases? What is the average temperature in Acapulco? How do you remove common stains? When were the total eclipses of the sun in the 20th century? What items should you have in yur first-aid kit? Who were all the kings and queens of England and when did they reign? You know you want to know this and more. Here it is. I love this book and drag it out regularly. Gotta have it.
This book is great. In the days before Wikipedia (or even really the heyday of the internet), it was the ultimate reference book, covering everything from letter formats to government and business listings to miscellaneous pieces of information about science, technology and the humanities that you might want to clarify. Still quite useful if you don't have the internet or just to have on hand in an office.
Loved this book when we first got it. Great not only for reference, but brief reads on an array of topics... but alas... the internet has entered my life these days and a quick click to the next topic is the method of choice these days.
Michelle Devidi
Every home should have one! Where else can you learn about philosophers, astronomy, time zones, state flowers and how to set a table for a wedding? Thank you Heather for the best gift ever!
Leonard Pierce
This is sort of an agglomeration of handy charts, graphs, statistical tables, and other data that was incredibly handy for your writerly type before the invention of the internet.
"This is not the house of speculation" is commonly heard at home. If you're going to be stranded somewhere without internet, be sure to have a copy of this with you.
My copy was a gift from Heather, and it is truly an awesome reference guide without which I do not like to be.
Thom Dunn
Mine is the Third edition, has this cover. Compares favorably with Dictionary of Cultural Literacy. Readable, too.
The New York Public Library Desk Reference (4th Edition) by Paul Fargis (2002)
Conpendium of information, statistics, & demographics.
I love this as much as the Almanac. It has EVERYTHING!
Soft cover rather than hardcover.
Learned about this in library school.
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