Synopses & Reviews
Flannel sheets. Strawberry ice cream. Making faces at monkeys in the zoo. Dog dishes that say "Good Dog." Carolers singing around a Norwegian spruce. Sun burning off the morning fog. Cabanas.
It's the little things that make life worth living, and they can be found by the dozens in this obsessive, quirky, and utterly captivating compendium with over 950,000 copies in print. A pure, unadulterated listing, it offers not a single explanation, aside, or footnote, but reading it is as irresistible as eating popcorn. Randomly selected and catalogued over the course of twenty years-and illustrated with joyous and jewel-like precision by the gifted artist Pierre Le-Tan-14,000 THINGS is Barbara Ann Kipfer's perfect antidote to the all-too-frequently-mentioned things we should be unhappy about.
It's a celebration of almost everything that's ever made us smile. And that itself is reason number 14,001.
Ice cream sandwiches, red leotards, a baseball game going into extra innings, a cat running 30 mph, wet babies, tobogganing, Bugs Bunny, Hawaiian shirts, the beach in the fall, and your own rainbow.
A quirky, compulsive, irresistible list of all the little things that make us happy. Items, places, moods, thoughts, celebrations and our daily bread. 125 illustrations.
Synopsis951,000 copies in print
About the Author
Barbara Ann Kipfer is the author of more than 45 books, ranging from 14,000 Things to Be happy About to Roget's International Thesaurus, 7th Edition. She holds numerous degrees, including a Ph.D. and M.Phil. in linguistics, a Ph.D. in archaeology, and a Ph.D.. in Buddhist studies. She is a lexicographer and ethnographist and lives in New England.