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Bride of the Funniest People in Religion and Families: 500 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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Paperback edition. This book contains 500 anecdotes, including this one: Andrew Tobias knows a couple of gay men who are raising a daughter who is trilingual. The gay men speak English and French... More > around the house, and the babysitter speaks nothing but Spanish. Not allowing their daughter to watch TV, the gay men bought her instead a bunch of Disney videotapes—all in Spanish. For a long time, their daughter thought the TV set spoke only Spanish.< Less
The Funniest People in Music, Volume 2: 250 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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Print edition. This book contains 250 anecdotes about music, including this one: Woody Guthrie taught fellow folksinger Pete Seeger the art of busking—getting money for playing music in a bar.... More > Here is what you do: Go into a bar with your guitar strapped ostentatiously on your back. Buy a beer for a nickel and sip it slowly. Soon, someone will ask about the guitar, “Can you play that thing?” Say, not too eagerly, “Maybe, a little.” A little later, someone will say, “Kid, I’ve got a quarter for you if you pick us a tune.” “Then,” Mr. Guthrie would conclude, “you play your best song.” Mr. Seeger did a lot of busking during his traveling days.< Less
The Funniest People in Families, Volume 6: 250 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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Print edition. This book contains 250 anecdotes about families, including this one: On September 24, 1974, the daughter of actors Michael Williams and Judi Dench was born. She was named Tara Cressida... More > Frances, but everyone called her Finty. Because Finty’s parents were Shakespearean actors, she learned quotations from Shakespeare as a tiny tot. One parent would say, “I’ll put a girdle around the earth …,” and Finty would finish the quotation: “in 40 minutes.” If a parent asked her what King Lear says, Finty would answer, “Never, never—FIVE times!” In a Nativity play, Finty played the innkeeper’s wife, and when she was asked what the play was about, she replied, “It’s about this inn-keeper’s wife, of course.” When Finty was 11 years old, she told a friend that a play her mother was appearing in was “without doubt the most boring play I’ve ever seen in the whole of my life.”< Less
The Funniest People in Books, Volume 2: 250 Anecdotes By David Bruce
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Print edition. This book contains 250 anecdotes about books and authors, including these anecdotes: 1) When author Peg Bracken was growing up, she and her brother sometimes raided the cookie jar.... More > Understandably, their mother did not want them to ruin their appetite before supper, so sometimes young Peg and her brother would find this note inside the cookie jar: “KEEP YOUR BIG MITTS OFF!” 2) The son of professional writer Arthur Machen once asked him to write a 200-word article on the French Revolution for his school’s magazine, but he warned him that the magazine’s editorial board—composed of children like himself—would have to find the article worthy before it would be printed. Mr. Machen was gratified when the editorial board deemed his article worthy of being published.< Less
Ben Jonson’s "Bartholomew Fair": A Retelling By David Bruce
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This is an easy-to-read retelling of Ben Jonson's classic comedy play "Bartholomew Fair."
Tarlton's Jests: A Retelling By David Bruce
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This is an easy-to-read retelling of "Tarlton's Jests, "which tells anecdotes about Queen Elizabeth I's favorite jester. He is thought to have been the Yorick in Hamlet's famous... More > soliloquy. This book contains the original "Tarlton's Jests" in addition to the retelling. 25. How Tarlton Deceived a Doctor of Physic [Medicine]. Tarlton, to satisfy the humors [moods] of certain gentlemen who were his familiar acquaintances, decided to test the skill of a simple Doctor of Physic, who dwelt not far from Islington, and this is what happened: Tarlton took a urinal, filled it half full of good wine, and carried it to this doctor, saying it was a sick man’s urine. The doctor viewed it, and tossing it up and down, as though he had great knowledge, he said that the patient whose urine it is, is full of gross humors, and has need of purging, and needs to be bled some ten ounces of blood. “No, you dunce,” Tarlton replied. “It is good p*ss,” and he drank it all and then threw the urinal at the doctor’s head.< 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 "Richard II": A Retelling in Prose By David Bruce
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This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "Richard II." People who read this version first will find the original play much easier to read and understand.
William Shakespeare’s "The Two Noble Kinsmen": A Retelling in Prose By David Bruce
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This book is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's classic romance "The Two Noble Kinsmen." People who read this retelling first will find the original play much easier to... More > understand.< Less
William Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale": A Retelling in Prose By David Bruce
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This is an easy-to-read version of William Shakespeare's romance "The Winter's Tale." People who read this retelling first will find Shakespeare's play easier to read and understand.

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