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‘Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words’

2/3/2016

How much do you know about how your hand computer (smart phone) works? What about the box that cleans food holders (dishwasher)? Ever feel completely lost when talking about your car to a mechanic? Randall Monroe is here for you. The genius behind the Internet’s most popular comic — XKCD — breaks down dozens of common topics and ideas into clear, simple language for anyone to understand. Aided by his signature, comic-style line drawings, “Thing Explainer” is hilarious, informative and perfectly readable by all ages. Using only the most commo “ten-hundred” words, Monroe breaks down the U.S. Constitution, the Periodic Table and even computer data centers into easily digestible diagrams and succinct — but thorough — explanations without using jargon or incomprehensible terms. This is a fascinating and brilliant way to learn and share information with anyone from experts to complete newbies. Even if you may know all there is to know about the U.S.

By Randall Monroe Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Nov. 24, 2015 $24.95 64 pp

By Randall Monroe
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Nov. 24, 2015
$24.95
64 pp

Space Program, do you know how to explain it to others? Without scaring them away with complicated terms and long scientific lectures? Informative, hilarious and gorgeous, “Thing Explainer” is the epitome of coffee table books for science nerds and laypeople alike. It’s a great read for kids and adults to share and will almost guarantee to spur curious minds to uncover even more about all kinds of topics and scientific disciplines. “Thing Explainer” is an ideal gift for the person who has everything or the kid (or adult) in your life who is always asking… “Why?” CV

Julie collects non-winning Powerball tickets, homemade scarves and “The Force Awakens” ticket stubs. She believes that we’re all just stories, in the end. She will miss Professor Snape. She lives in West Des Moines.

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