Jude Stewart’s veritable explosion of historical facts, sayings, stories, cultural perspectives, and quotations about twelve colors, while literary, is not for the linear thinker. ROY G. BIV: An Exceedingly Surprising Book about Color (Bloomsbury, $22) may be read chapter-by-chapter, but is also meant to be read like a Venn diagram or a flow chart, with the focus on the connections between colors and on the margin notes, which inform readers about saffron yellow, shocking pink, and purple prose; for example. If you ever pondered how fluid substances, visually experienced, could ever effectively be described with words, this is the book for you.
If you are wondering whether you need this, yes, you do. A Compendium of Collective Nouns (Chronicle, $35) is an utterly delightful and visually joyful dictionary that will have you contemplating a murder of crows, an exultation of fireworks, and, woefully, an embarrassment of pandas. The wonders of the English language will never cease, and with the brightly illustrated definitions of some of language’s finest exploits, the designers at London’s Woop Studios have brought us a guide to enjoying its splendor properly. An excellent teaching tool or just a great piece for your home, The Compendium will be a book you and your pride—whether it be friend, familiar, or feline—can treasure.
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 17th, 2013