Do you know what Biopredation means? or Florilegium, or Kerning or Vellum? If you don’t, then “A2Z Of Book Terms” might just be the book for you.
“A2Z of Book Terms” by Satabdi Mukherjee, is a collection of twenty-six unique bookish terms, starting from alphabet A all the way to Z. It has simpler terms like Age-Tanning, Novella, Zine, Vellum, etc. as well as terms like Biopredation, Incunabula, that a reader might not have heard of before.
“A2Z of Book Terms” is a treasure trove of bookish trivia. The author has done detailed research for each alphabet. She has avoided the trap of falling for quick popular terms like ebook/kindle etc. The author instead has focussed on unique terms which are not very popular. Each chapter is dedicated to one bookish term starting from a particular Alphabet ( for instance, A for Age Tanning, B for Biopredation, etc.). The explanation for each is further divided into sub-headings so that the term can be easily understood by laymen. Since the information is broken into bite-sized pieces, it makes it easier to understand and comprehend. For instance, in the chapter for Age-Tanning, the author has not only mentioned what age-tanning is but also, how paper is made, what causes age-tanning and how to preserve the books from it. Thus, the research done is in-depth with pertinent facts given. Each chapter includes pictures as well to explain the concepts better.
Two of my favourite chapters were Medieval Marginalia and Juvenilia. Medieval Marginalia is the illustrations made on the margins of books, especially the devotional, handwritten manuscripts from medieval times, before the invention of the printing press. The eyebrow-raising part was that these illustrations were usually lurid and sexually explicit. Why was it so, was another facet to consider. Juvenilia was another fascinating chapter. Juvenilia is literary, musical, or artistic works of artists in their childhood or youth. It discussed in detail the juvenilia written by famous authors like Jane Austen and Virginia Woolfe.
Author Satabdi Mukherjee has written a book with detailed descriptions and insights. Her research is in-depth and focused. The book has been written in an easy, narrative style, without ever becoming pedantic or boring. However, in certain places, the book “A2Z of Book Terms” does get technical. Thus, I would suggest savouring this book slowly rather than trying to read it in one sitting.
If you are a lover of books, or if you just want to impress your friends and family with your knowledge of bookish trivia, then this is the book for you.
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Read on for the book blurb and to know more about the author
What is biopredation and how can you prevent it?
Why are deckled edges considered beautiful?
Did you know that medieval religious literature had shocking images known as marginalia?
Or that Jane Austen filled three diaries full of literary pieces when she was a mere teenager (juvenilia)?
Find out this and more in this volume of bookish trivia from A to Z.
About The Author
Satabdi Mukherjee is a stay-at-home mother, a freelance content writer, copy editor, and book blogger. She can be reached at her website: www.satabdimukherjee.in.