BY THE BOOK
THE TITLE: The Reverend Guppy's Aquarium
AUTHOR: Philip Dodd
PUBLISHER: Gotham Books (266 pages, $20)
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Ever wonder how the Jacuzzi got its name? Or the Frisbee? Or leotards and silhouettes? All these things were named after people, and this book tells you how.
Mr. Dodd, a British writer, takes us on his wide travels to run down the stories. He delves into the naming of 16 things, including the sexual "G spot," the fox-trot, the Oscar and the saxophone. These stories sprawl over about 250 pages of text, and if you do the math you realize he has a lot to say about each topic.
-- Malcolm Ritter, Associated Press
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