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Best of times, Worst of times

Nathan Whitlock on great and terrible news from the book world

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The book trade is taking off in newly peaceful Somalia, ebooks are a hit among poor kids in Rwanda, and James Patterson reportedly made nearly $100 million last year. Wait, one of those items is in the wrong category …

University researchers have determined that the five happiest words in the English language are: “laughter,” “happiness,” “love,” “happy,” and “laughed.” That list’s a bit literal and repetitive – which makes me wonder how “killjoy” and “pedant” rate.

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