A 1985 paperback copy of the Life of Pi by Yann Martel.

294 pages. 

Definitely used and well worn, but still perfectly readable. 


Perennial Library

Harper and Row Publishers


Most of the words in our language have come down to us with little or no drama associated with their originas. But there are hundreds of words in our common speech that originated or acquired their meanings in unusual ways, and the dictionaries cannot find the space to give us the stories. 

This book thoroughly and entertainingly tells the stories of these words and hundreds like them and teh circumstances that brought them into our language. 

Thereby Hangs a Tale: Stories of Curious Word Origins