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BY THE BOOK

"The Reverend Guppy's Aquarium" by Philip Dodd.  Associated Press
Associated Press
"The Reverend Guppy's Aquarium" by Philip Dodd.

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

BIRTHDAYS

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Singer-guitarist Bo Diddley, 79; singer Mike Nesmith of The Monkees, 65; singer Davy Jones of the Monkees, 62; singer Patti Smith, 61; country singer Suzy Bogguss, 51; Today show anchorman Matt Lauer, 50; TV personality Sean Hannity, 46; and actress Kristin Kreuk, 25.

REACH US

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