Wednesday, August 28, 2013


I know that we should never judge a book by its cover, but as soon as I saw this one, I knew I was in for a good time. One of my favorite parts of USA Today is the infographic which conveys a current statistic, so Listomania was right up my alley. Listomania: A World of Fascinating Facts in Graphic Detail is a fabulous collection of all sorts of trivia, oddities, and unexpected information that provides the perfect springboard for cocktail party discussions. Each page focuses on a different theme, ranging from “8 Dastardly Ponzi Schemes” to “9 Clever Crimes” and from “8 Unusual Ransoms” to “36 Famous People Who Were Adopted”. The graphics are clever, looking more like cartoonish illustrations than daunting historic images, making the book approachable to readers of all ages. This book is able to communicate all sorts of random information in seconds, and makes learning interesting (and often useless) information an effortless pursuit. Listomania is a DK-style book for adults and features all sorts of fascinating global information (who knew that China had kiwi flavored potato chips?). This book can be picked up for easy reading (you are able to jump in at any point and learn about things you never knew you wanted to know about). With clever graphics illustrating themes such as “17 Prehistoric Giants” and “10 Unsolved Mysteries”, it is hard not to get sucked into this book.

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