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250 Music Anecdotes By David Bruce
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This book contains 250 anecdotes about music, including these: 1) Before Emmylou Harris became a famous country singer, she wrote Pete Seeger and said that she wanted to be a folk singer but she... More > was afraid that she had not suffered enough. Ms. Harris said, “He wrote back to say life would come back and hit me hard soon enough.” 2) Band leader Doc Severinsen, most famous as the band leader on Johnny Carson’s "Tonight Show," and his wife, Emily, were fighting and screaming in a hotel room when he noticed a paper being slipped under the door. The paper was a note from some people requesting an autograph. Doc and Emily opened the door and signed some autographs, and then they closed the door and started fighting and screaming again. 3) Heidi May is a woman of wit and intelligence. Her Christmas present to her boss, Henry Rollins, former singer of Black Flag, leader of the Rollins Band, spoken-word artist, occasional actor, and author, was a T-shirt on the back of which are the words “HEIDI RULES!!!”< Less
William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew": A Retelling in Prose By David Bruce
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This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew." In it, Katherina vows before God — in the marriage ceremony — to love, honor, and obey her... More > husband, but very quickly she makes it apparent that she is not taking her vow seriously. Her husband, Petruchio, is determined to convince her to take that vow seriously. At the end of this book, Katherina makes a spirited defense of Christian marriage.< Less
The Kindest People: Be Excellent to Each Other (Volume 5) By David Bruce
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This book contains 250 stories of good deeds, including this one: In 1995, Bobby Orr turned his house into a Hospice for former Bruins trainer John “Frosty” Forristall, who was dying of... More > brain cancer. Mr. Orr had roomed for several years with Mr. Forristall, who helped him rehab from his injuries. In 1970, Mr. Orr scored the goal that won the Stanley Cup for the Bruins. As a gift, Mr. Forristall had Mr. Orr’s skates bronzed. They are now in the Orr exhibit at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, along with a bronze plaque inscribed with Mr. Forristall’s words: “May you be as proud and happy always as we were on May 10, 1970, when you unlaced these skates.” When Mr. Forristall became ill, he had little money. Mr. Orr cared for him until he died at age 51. Bill Forristall, Frosty’s brother, said, “Bobby knows how to spell the word ‘humble.’ He was very good to my brother.”< Less
The Kindest People: Be Excellent to Each Other (Volume 5) By David Bruce
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This book contains 250 stories of good deeds, including this one: In 1995, Mr. Orr turned his house into a Hospice for former Bruins trainer John “Frosty” Forristall, who was dying of... More > brain cancer. Mr. Orr had roomed for several years with Mr. Forristall, who helped him rehab from his injuries. In 1970, Mr. Orr scored the goal that won the Stanley Cup for the Bruins. As a gift, Mr. Forristall had Mr. Orr’s skates bronzed. They are now in the Orr exhibit at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, along with a bronze plaque inscribed with Mr. Forristall’s words: “May you be as proud and happy always as we were on May 10, 1970, when you unlaced these skates.” When Mr. Forristall became ill, he had little money. Mr. Orr cared for him until he died at age 51. Bill Forristall, Frosty’s brother, said, “Bobby knows how to spell the word ‘humble.’ He was very good to my brother.”< Less
William Shakespeare’s "Julius Caesar": A Retelling in Prose By David Bruce
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This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's tragedy "Julius Caesar," which could have been titled "The Tragedy of Marcus Junius Brutus."
William Shakespeare's "As You Like It": A Retelling in Prose By David Bruce
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This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's romantic comedy play titled "As You Like It." In it, Rosalind and Orlando fall instantly in love. Both need to escape separately... More > to the Forest of Arden. There, Rosalind, in disguise as a young man named Ganymede, teaches Orlando about romantic love and how to be a proper husband for her. The romantic comedy ends with four weddings.< Less
William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night": A Retelling in Prose By David Bruce
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This is a retelling in prose of William Shakespeare's comedy "Twelfth Night." In it, a pair of twins — a brother and a sister — are separated and each thinks that the other... More > dead. Of course, they end up finding each other, and they end up finding romantic partners. A major supporting character is Malvolio, who is guilty of the sin of pride. Other supporting characters are the alcoholic Sir Toby Belch and the foolish Sir Andrew Aguecheek, as well as the wise fool and jester Feste. This retelling is in easy-to-read modern English. Readers may find it useful to read before tackling Shakespeare's early English.< Less
William Shakespeare’s 1 Henry IV, aka Henry IV, Part 1: A Retelling in Prose By David Bruce
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This book is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "1 Henry IV," which is also known as "Henry IV, Part 1." In this book, we learn of Prince Hal's friendship with the... More > evil but witty Falstaff, and we see Prince Hal redeem himself at the Battle of Shrewsbury in 1403.< Less
William Shakespeare's "A MIdsummer Night's Dream": A Retelling in Prose By David Bruce
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This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," whose major theme is love and the silly things it makes us do: 1) Love can make us see a... More > distinction where no real distinction exists. 2) Love can make us desire someone who is totally unsuitable for us. 3) Love can make us blind to the loved one’s faults. 4) Love can make us jealous. 5) Love can make friends enemies. 6) Love can make us quarrelsome. 7) Love can make us fickle. 8) If we are rejected, love can make us have low self-esteem (e.g., Helena). 9) Love can make us chase after someone who hates us. 10) Love can make us attempt to use reason to explain love although love is a nonrational emotion. (Lysander does this.) 11) Love is not irrational, although it can make people act in silly ways. Love is nonrational. 12) One of the best comments on the nonrationality of love is made by Bottom: “And yet, to say the truth, reason / and love keep little company together nowadays.”< Less
William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet": A Retelling in Prose By David Bruce
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This is an easy-to-read version of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." Prologue The Capulets and the Montagues — two families, very much alike in most respects — in the... More > beautiful city of Verona, Italy, battle each other because of a long-standing feud. Because of this feud, the hands of the citizens of Verona become dirty with the blood of other citizens of Verona. The two families have given birth to two children — a boy named Romeo and a girl named Juliet — who become ill-fated lovers and commit suicide. The burial of these lovers also buries the quarrel between their two families. These lovers’ story is told in this book.< Less