Open Schott’s Miscellany 2009 (Bloomsbury, $30) to any page and you’ll find something interesting. Broken up into sections that go from “The World & Gazetteer,” “Society & Health,” “Government,” to “Form & Faith,” this quirky almanac is full of random surveys, facts, figures, and even, which I thought was great, an “In Brief” section which handily sums up major stories and personalities of the last year. There seems to be a little bit of everything here (do you know what QWERTY Tummy is? Well, I sure didn’t. Or how about Globaloney? Check it out on page 196). This is a book that I will definitely keep where I can grab it for a quick, informative read.
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