This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Steve Leshin for Readers' Favorite
Place Names: Their Origin and Meanings by Mark Emory Adams does exactly what the author says it will do. It is a sourcebook for the origin of names of countries, states, and cities as well as interesting geographical facts. Adams compiled his lists after researching their origins and neatly arranged them so that the reader can refer to whatever city, town, or state he or she wishes to know about. With four main chapters and an extensive bibliography and travel guide, Place Names can be a great reference for academic use or for writers of historical fiction, or history lovers in general. The four chapters cover all five boroughs of New York City, geographical names in the United States, European place names, and place names worldwide.
The writing in Place Names is clear cut and economical, letting the reader get the facts while adding interesting asides. For example, did you know that The Bronx borough of New York City got its name from a Dutch settler named Jonas Bronck, who owned much of the land back in the seventeenth century? Early settlers referred to it as the Bronck's land. Through force of habit over the years the name evolved to The Bronx. And did you know that Lake George in New York State was named after King George II by English colonists? How about the origin of Philadelphia? William Penn, the Quaker founder of the city, picked the name because it means brotherly love. These and many other interesting facts can be found in Mark Emory Adams's book. A good read for personal knowledge, students, or even those of us who like trivia.