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Matthew Lickona has tagged me with this meme:

Name your three biggest non-reference books (excluding the Bible and text books).

Name your three biggest reference books.

Tag three others.

By "biggest," we’re not looking for number of words. We’re looking for weight. Heft. Something you’d drop on invaders while defending a castle.


Three BIGGEST non-reference books:

1) The Annotated Shakespeare

2) St. Francis of Assisi Omnibus of Sources – it’s small in trim size, but a couple thousand pages long and very heavy. Compact, would damage a small invader easily.


3) And the heaviest of them all: Saint Benedict, Father of Western Civilization, published by Alpine Fine Arts upon the 1500-year anniversary, in a nice box case – enormous.

Three biggest reference books: (this is hard because so many books seem to fall in as both reference and non-reference)

1)The Oxford Dicitonary of Southern Culture

2) Augustine Through the Ages: An Encyclopedia

and..let’s see. I think there’s a Columbia Encyclopedia around here somewhere.

Tag three others? TS O’Rama, Christopher Blosser, and Bill Cork!

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posted August 10, 2005 at 6:53 am

The one volume Encyclopedia of Theology: The Concise Sacramentum Mundi, Rahner, ed.
The Jerome Bibical Commentary, 2d ed., Raymond Brown, ed.
Larrouse Gastronomique (various eds.)
Oxford Encyclopedia of Food.
Any of the “Culinaria” series published by Konemann.
Any of Thomas Keller’s or Michael Ruhlman’s cookbooks (“French Laundry”, “Bouchon”, “Return”, etc).
With their heft, any of these can be used to settle arguments.

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Noah Nehm

posted August 10, 2005 at 12:38 pm

How about: The Handbook of Mathematical Functions, ed Milton Abramowitz and Irene Stegun, 1964. A 1046 page classic, chock full of arcane mathematical goodness.
By the way, this is a hand-me-down from my dad, who bought it while persuing his Ph.D. in the late sixties. You can still see the Stanford Bookstore price on it: $6.50 NO DISCOUNT.

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bruce cole

posted August 10, 2005 at 1:13 pm

A Religious History of the American People by Sydney Ahlstrom.
The Baseball Encyclopedia.
Got to get back to that 70s thread…and maybe even get back to work

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