Notable: Uncommon knowledge

Three new books will delight trivia buffs, fans of weird facts and smarty-pants of every stripe.

Stupid American History: Tales of Stupidity, Strangeness and Mythconceptions (Andrews McMeel Universal) by Leland Gregory compiles corrections — Betsy Ross didn't make the first U.S. flag — and oddities: Richard Nixon was the first president nominated for a Grammy.

That's Not in My Geography Book (Taylor) by Kate Kelly is the latest in a popular series, going beyond your middle school textbook to explore the world's explorers and how they achieved their feats.

Who Killed Iago? A Book of Fiendishly Challenging Literary Quizzes (Perigee) by James Walton is exactly what its title promises, with brain-twisting bibliophile challenges based on BBC Radio 4's quiz show The Write Stuff.

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor

Notable: Uncommon knowledge 05/15/09 [Last modified: Friday, May 15, 2009 2:13pm]

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