Lists of Note Compiled by Shaun Usher

Lists of Note: An Eclectic Collection Deserving of a Wider Audience compiled by Shaun Usher

Genre: Non-Fiction (Coffee Table book)
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: 2015 Chronicle Books (originally published in Great Britain in 2014 by Canongate Books)
Pages: 317
Source: Library

The Short Version:
A fascinating collection of lists of all type.

Why I Read It:
As a chronic devoted listmaker this book was just my thing.

The Book:
From the publisher:

Lists of Note curates 125 unputdownable entries from a list of names that are as eclectic and intriguing as its contents, which include myriad reasons given by ancient Egyptians for missing work, Albert Einstein’s demands of his estranged wife, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s extensive conjugation of “to cocktail,” and many more. Rarely intended for the public eye, these lists reveal hopes, priorities, and musings in a most engaging and entertaining way. Each transcript is accompanied by an artwork, most a captivating facsimile of the list itself. Richly visual and irresistibly readable, Lists of Note is a testament to the human urge to bring order to, poke fun at, and find meaning in the world around us—and is a gift of endless enjoyment and lasting value.

My Thoughts:
This isn’t a book you read. It’s a coffee table style book that begs to be browsed. The lists aren’t in any chronological or alphabetical order so picking up the book and opening it to a random page is inviting. That’s why I took a long time to browse my way through the book.

There are fun and funny lists such as Johnny Cash’s ‘Things to do today’ than includes “Kiss June”.

Having listened to the Amelia Peabody series I was naturally interested in the list of excuses for absence found in the excavations at Deri al-Medina where the workers who built the pyramids of Egypt lived.

I absolutely adored Chrissie Hynde’s Advice to Chick Rockers. This one included ‘Try not to have a sexual relationship with the band. It always ends in tears.’

I think one of the most intriguing was the list written by Evelyn Lincoln. She was John F. Kennedy’s secretary. The list is one she wrote while flying back to Washington D.C after his assassination of her proposed list of suspects.

John Birch Society
CIA in Cuban fiasco

If you or someone on your Christmas list is a collector of interesting factoids or interesting yet possibly useless information, this book would make a great gift.

4.5 stars Rating 4.5/5