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We're pleased to welcome Beth Kobliner to our At Home with Literati Series in support of her parents' book So to Speak.
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About the book: Engage with everyday expressions in a completely different (and fun!) way, with this entertaining and interactive book of common phrases that can turn a humdrum gathering into a raucous game night.
We use expressions all the time. When you feel sick, you're "under the weather." When you feel great, you're "on top of the world." You may be fine with "half a loaf," or you may insist on "the whole enchilada." But whether you're a "smart cookie" or a tough one, you--and almost everyone you know--have a veritable smorgasbord of expressions stored deep in your brain.
So to Speak: 11,000 Expressions That'll Knock Your Socks Off is the largest collection of its kind. Thoughtfully divided into sixty-seven categories--from Animals to Food & Cooking, from Love to Politics, this is not your run-of-the-mill reference guide. Don't look for definitions and etymologies, because the book is just the beginning. So to Speak is the launchpad for your lifelong journey to explore the universe of expressions. In fact, it's designed to get readers off the page--and engaging with each other. So to Speak spurs discussion, debate, and gameplay, while encouraging the art of listening and celebrating the joy of words. Authors Shirley and Harold Kobliner spent more than half a century nurturing and teaching children. So to Speak is a reflection of their deeply held belief that regardless of a person's age, the most impactful learning happens when you're having fun. Whether it's grandparents teaching their favorite expressions to their grandkids, teens helping adults with the latest lingo, or millennials indulging in their love of wordplay and games, this is the perfect book for any lover of language.
Beth Kobliner has been reporting and writing about personal finance for decades, and is the author of two New York Times bestsellers: Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even If You’re Not) and Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties. She has contributed to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and has appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America, PBS NewsHour, CNN, and NPR. Her favorite gig was teaching Elmo the basics of saving, spending, and sharing on Sesame Street.
Kobliner started her career as a research associate for Sylvia Porter, whose widely syndicated newspaper column brought personal finance into the mainstream, and was then a staff writer at Money magazine. Kobliner was appointed by President Obama to serve on his Advisory Council on Financial Capability, and spearheaded the Council’s MoneyAsYouGrow.org, which has since been adopted by the federal government’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.