"The Name's Familiar is a concise read, sometimes witty and often inspiring. The men and women who created the goods and services we take for granted today didn't wave a magic wand. Their success was built on hard work and the ability to bounce back after numerous failures. Besides being a handy etymological resource, Laura Lee's book is a tribute to their perseverance and accomplishments." -- Observer and Eccentric Newspapers, October 17, 1999
"The style is breezy, colloquial, and quite often humorous... The Name's Familiar is to be used for entertainment." -- Libraries Unlimited: Books & Resources for Librarians & Media Specialists, May, 2000
After reading this book, if you had to perform a Heimlich maneuver because of a Rubik's Cube, you might not be prepared to save a life, but you could thoroughly educate the victim. -- Midwest Book Review
If you've ever wondered about certain titles, names or phrases, here's the perfect book to discover their origins... -- WTBF AM/FM Book Bit aired September 23, 1999
From the Back Cover
"A humorous, well-written, and engaging exploration of the origins of common words and names. Laura Lee brings these famous, and sometimes infamous, personalities to life in a style that is both charming and compelling. . . . I couldn't put it down!"
--Debbi Fields, founder, Mrs. Fields Cookies
Did you know that:
- Jules Leotard, "The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze," favored a tight-fitting outfit that would carry his name to even greater heights?
- Barbie Handler, daughter of one of the founders of the Mattel Toy Company, inspired the creation that would become the world's best-selling doll?
- Hector Boiardi, an Italian immigrant and cook, created delicious foods for home consumption that to this day bear his slightly altered name, along with his picture?
Author Laura Lee certainly knows. Here she introduces us to real men and women whose names have been preserved in popular culture. Her investigation into well-known eponyms (words derived from names) has produced this compilation of anecdotes and biographies about intriguing but often lesser-known historical figures.
The author is a writer for the Albany Times Union.