Kitty Burns Florey, “Sister Bernadette’s Barking Dog”

“Sister Bernadette’s Barking Dog: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences” might be the funniest book I’ve read this year. Burns Florey recounts her own history with this mostly lost linguistic art and pulls up quotes on the subject from well regarded writers.

Published: 2006, 200 pp.
Obtained via: Free table at work
Date started: 5.28.08
Date finished: 6.6.08
What I liked: The quotes from Gertrude Stein and others. The dozens of numerated asides contain some of the funniest bits. I especially liked the explanation of the true meaning of “the lion’s share.” The more you know!
What I didn’t like: No complaints!
What I learned: Quite a bit, all very dorky.

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