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Nearest book meme

A few other changes were made to the 1855 plate, but this map's primary purpose was to record for posterity the political decision associated with Minnesota taking its place in the Union, an event long predicted by the series of morphing territorial maps.

Minnesota on the Map: a Historical Atlas by David A. Lanegran.

* Get the book nearest to you. Right now.
* Go to page 56.
* Find the 5th sentence.
* Write this sentence - either here or on your blog.
* Copy these instructions as commentary of your sentence.
* Don't look for your favorite book or your coolest but really the nearest.

It's the book I keep on the coffee table - a beautiful, fascinating history of the state of Minnesota told through maps made of the place. It only sounds boring.

Thanks to Stephen Abrams of Stephen's Lighthouse for this rather interesting (and easy) meme.

Bloggers, you're it.

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Reader Comments (20)

Information Power (really!)

5th entry on pg. 56 is a reference to "Enhancing Teaching and Learning" by Jean Donham, 1997. Of course, I notice that on pg. 190 there is some contributor named Doug Johnson. Well, alrighty then!

December 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterteacherninja

See mine at

I had to choose the second nearest because the first nearest book took me to a graphic organizer.

December 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSharon S.

If thou, to be so seene, beest loath,
By Sunne, or Moone, thou darknest both,
And if my selfe have leave to see,
I need not their light, having thee.

John Donne via Blues, John Hersey

Not sure if it or a textbook was closest, but I'm not lifting that monstrosity off the floor if I don't need to.

December 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Doyle

I posted mine on my blog at and posted a variation. Instead of using the closest book, use the book you last read (assuming its different from the closest book)

December 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChris Prout

"The French, who had once owned Louisiana and whose people (French Canadians) were the only white men to have much experience in Louisiana, were considering reasserting their position"

From: Undaunted Courage by Stephen E. Ambrose

December 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Grenier

"Repeatedly, no matter how many people I asked, the same response was elicited: 'When I am knitting, there's nowhere else I'd rather be and nothing else I'd rather be doing."

From:<u> Zen and the Art of Knitting</u> by Bernadette Murphy

The knitting shelf is closest to my home computer, and I guess we are all lucky a pattern book wasn't closer, because K1K2tog, p3 would make no sense at all to non-knitters.

December 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJanet

"What are the chances that they all keep their mouth shut?"

From: <I>Dark of the Moon</I>

December 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrandt Schneider

thought mine would be cool, but no:
From Dead Emcee Scroll: Lost Teachings of Hip-hop.
pg 56, sentence 5 reads: "What's your plan for spiritual health?"
See what I mean.

December 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen Stencel

"Get away," said Montag.
From Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

I put it here.

December 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFrances Jacobson Harris

My nearest book is "The Dumbest Generation" by Mark Bauerlein

More at Wanderings

December 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJacquie Henry

Thanks to all who are participating in the meme. What a diverse and fascinating selection of materials we are all reading.

Were I to do the meme right now, I'd be reaching for my Kindle that has multiple books and no page numbers!

What to do!


Ninja, reading Information Power? It HAS to be a class assignment!

December 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDoug Johnson

Mine is REALLY boring:
"No further explanation is given." from The Organization of Information, Second Edition, Arlene Taylor.
Yep, grad school.

December 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca Buerkett

"MySpace is blocked at his high school because of too many profiles 'bashing other students' on them." Anastasia Goodstein, _Totally Wired: What Teens and Tweens are REALLY Doing Online._

December 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSara Kelly Johns

"When?" I asked Oliver.

December 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBodie Fulford

I noticed that people are doing this on Facebook, but posting the line as their status!

December 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca Buerkett

Write down your daily physical activity level score here:____

Winning by Losing: Drop the Weight, Change Your Life by Jillian Michaels

December 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnaline Johnson

"I shall follow the back-track as far as I can -- never was such a day for tracks -- to see where he came from, and then I believe I shall indulge myself with a view of the swifts.

From The Nutmeg of Consolation by Patrick O'Brian

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterghostlibrarian

"Oh, I just read it in a book," said Roxie
--from Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's "Roxie and the Hooligans"
(Appropriate, no?)

December 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKH

From Habits of Mind Across the Curriculum by Art Costa and Bena Kallick
"Remember to button your lips if you have something mean to say or you could use it to button your ideas together - to make connections."


February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWMorris

Very cool quote, WMorris!


February 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDoug Johnson

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