Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - The Book of Nice

Friday, October 4, 2013

Book Review - The Book of Nice

The Book of Nice
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About the Book
October 5th is national "Do something nice day" and there is a fun and interesting book that tells you where "nice" gestures and sayings come from, The Book of Nice: A Nice Book About Nice Things for Nice People. The Book of Nice is a compulsive and chunky book for lovers of trivia, popular culture, and history, by Josh Chetwynd [Workman Publishing; April 9, 2013; $8.95; Paperback]. It's an entertaining compendium of 164 signs, practices, and expressions we often take for granted.

Some fun facts explored in the book include...

  • Emperors and playwrights used to pay good money for a loud round of applause.
  • A toast was a host’s way of showing that his wine wasn’t poisoned.
  • The high five was the product of an awkward moment between two baseball players.
  • You can thank none other than Cary Grant for that little mint on your hotel pillow.
  • Check out some current topics linked to The Book of Nice on twitter.

About the Author
Josh Chetwynd ( is the author of The Secret History of Balls: The Stories Behind the Things We Love to Catch; Whack, Throw, Kick, Bounce and Bat (named a “Best Book of 2011” by NPR); and How the Hot Dog Found Its Bun: Accidental Discoveries and Unexpected Inspirations That Shape What We Eat and Drink. He is a former reporter for Hollywood Reporter, USA Today and U.S. News & World Report, and a contributor to The Wall Street Journal, Variety,and The Times (London), and the BBC. In addition, he’s been a broad¬caster for BBC Radio, among other outlets. He lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife and two children. Though he doesn’t always succeed, he tries to do something nice on a daily basis.

My Take on the Book
This was a fascinating book that even after reading it once I want to go back and read again! The book is filled with very interesting facts that I was completely unaware of and I left reading this so much more informed! What I really loved about the book is that it is so positive and covers so many things that just make you smile. I have to say that no matter what type of day that you have had this is the type of day that will brighten it up!

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