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Book of Superstitious Stuff
by Joanne O'Sullivan
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Charlesbridge, 2011 (2011)
* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

If you knock on wood for luck, avoid walking under ladders, carry a good luck charm or believe breaking a mirror will bring you bad luck, this is a book you'll certainly want to read.

From the curse of the lottery winners to the good feng shui of certain fast-food restaurants, this off-beat collection of material delves into some of the most interesting and strangest superstitions out there. The author also traces the origin of some of these beliefs and touches on the fact that some things just cannot be explained.

You'll read about why some people feel that numbers like 13, 17, and 666 are unlucky and why others are convinced 7 and 8 are their lucky digits. While many Chinese believe red is the color of good fortune, legend has it that actors should never wear purple on an opening night. And, in Spain, yellow is an unlucky color, but half-way across the world in the mountains of Tibet, yellow is said to bestow good luck.

This is the kind of book you can just flip open to any page and start reading. But be careful; within seconds, you'll be so captivated by the contents that you'll lose all sense of time.

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