Check it Out: No Loss for Words

Submitted by J. Johnston on Wed, 05/24/2023 - 07:30

At a very early age, I fell in love with words, and I was fortunate to have parents who encouraged my passion for reading and writing. Numbers may be my nemesis, but words have always been my friends.

Are you a word nerd like me? I hope you are, because this week’s reading list is all about language. I wasn’t planning on making today’s column about words, but I came across a new title that prompted me to search the library’s catalog for additional linguistic-related books. Romaine Wasn’t Built in a Day by Judith Tschann piqued my interest after reading the publisher’s description: “Food historian Judith Tschann celebrates this glorious intersection of linguistic and culinary affinities…a decadent romp through the history of food words.” I love words—and I happen to love food—so this is a win-win in my world. The best thing about this is that I can eat my words and not feel bad about it.

Writing guides advise against using overly wordy sentences, or what is sometimes referred to as “word salad.” I agree with this advice. However, enjoying a salad of words sounds fun and delicious. Therefore, I encourage word nerds to indulge your wordy appetite by checking out the titles in this week’s reading list. Bonne lecture and bon appétit!

New at the Library




This is just a small sampling of the many new titles added each week to the Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries collection. Find more in our catalog, or call 360-906-5000 to reserve titles or find additional listings. 

Jan Johnston, Collection Manager  
Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries  
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