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by Shaun Usher (Compiler)

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I love this beautiful and fascinating book. I've been a fan of the author's blogs, and this book is a beautiful hardcopy version of some of the most interesting and compelling letters on one of the author's websites. As with all Chronicle Books, this is a fun and beautifully produced work. There are some letters here that will be familiar to readers of the website, or even those who are not, but there are plenty that are new and fascinating, and yet have not had a wide audience. ( )
  vanderschloot | Dec 6, 2017 |
I've had this in my queue for almost two years and finally set aside some time to read it. What a wonderful assortment of letters; some I've read in other books, but so many new to me...
- Steve Martin's fill in the blank form letter to a fan...
- A letter from a woman to her daughter in 1855 detailing a mastectomy ...without anesthesia! (gripping grit)
- A "letter" JFK carved into a coconut when he was stranded on the Solomons after his PT was sunk.
- A letter that was never sent (in the event of an Apollo 11 failure...)
- Groucho Marx's zany letter to Woody Allen as to why he hadn't written for several years...
- topped by Wil Wheaton's precious 21 year late letter to an "8 year old" fan
- Dr. Ernst Stuhlinger's beautiful and compassionate answer in 1970 to Sister Mary Jacunda, a nun in Zambia, who asked how asked how anyone could justify spending billions on research into a Mars mission when so many children in Africa were starving.
- and Einstein's reply to "do scientists pray"
- A letter from Mark Twain to a "patent medicine assassin"
- Beethoven to his brothers as to why he was an SOB
- Alec Guinness sharing his displeasure about the "rubbish dialogue" he was forced to use in a movie with Tennyson Ford

Plus Ancient Chinese, Egyptian, 14th century Russians, da Vinci, Hemingway, more than a few F. Scott Fitzgeralds, ... good stuff. ( )
  Razinha | May 23, 2017 |
The first book I have ever found worthy of having on a coffee table. Full of fascinating, funny, heartbreaking, and inspirational letters from across history. You can open it to any page and find something that blows your socks off. And the book itself is a rich, weighty tome, delightful to hold, you know you are picking up something special.

If you don’t read the blog or follow them on Twitter, you really should. The posts always brighten my day. (lettersofnote.com) Who knew young Fidel Castro had such nice handwriting?
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  memccauley6 | May 3, 2016 |
Short stories on NPR. ( )
  clifforddham | Jun 6, 2015 |
I don’t know when I’ve had a better time browsing through a book. It’s a collection of the most interesting letters ever written. It includes some classics (Little Virginia’s letter to Santa Claus! A new poet’s inquisitive letter to Rilke!) and some that were new-to-me, but, if you are like me, you won’t skip over many. It’s a must-read, folks! ( )
  debnance | Jan 18, 2015 |
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"This collection of 125 letters offers a never-before-seen glimpse of the events and people of history--the brightest and the best, the most notorious, and the endearingly everyday. Letters are not ordered chronologically or thematically, but are artfully arranged for a discovery-rich reading experience. Each entry includes a transcript of the letter; a short contextual introduction; and, in 100 cases, a facsimile of the letter itself"--… (more)

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