Pages Bookshop Virtually Presents Beth Kobliner
We are thrilled to virtually host Beth Kobliner as she presents her parents’ new book, "So to Speak: 11,000 Expressions That’ll Knock Your Socks Off". Hear the heartwarming backstory of authors Harold and Shirley Kobliner’s quirky project, and engage with everyday expressions in a completely different (and fun!) way as Beth demonstrates a few of the two-dozen-plus word games in So to Speak.
You can also head over SoToSpeakBook.com and follow @SoToSpeakBook for more games and brainteasers!
About So to Speak
Engage with everyday expressions in a completely different (and fun!) way, with this entertaining and interactive book of common phrases that can turn a humdrum gathering into a raucous game night.
We use expressions and idioms all the time. When you feel sick, you’re “under the weather.” When you feel great, you’re “on top of the world.” But whether you’re a “smart cookie” or a tough one, you—and almost everyone you know—have a veritable smorgasbord of expressions stored deep in your brain.
So to Speak: 11,000 Expressions That’ll Knock Your Socks Off is the largest collection of its kind. Thoughtfully divided into sixty-seven categories—from Animals to Food & Cooking, from Love to Politics, this reference guide may have more in common with an activity book!
Don’t look for definitions and etymologies, because the book is just the beginning. So to Speak is the launchpad for your lifelong journey to explore the universe of expressions. In fact, it’s designed to get readers off the page—and engaging with each other through word games and puzzles. So to Speak spurs discussion, debate, and play, while encouraging the art of listening and celebrating the joy of words.
Authors Shirley and Harold Kobliner spent more than half a century nurturing and teaching children. So to Speak is a reflection of their deeply held belief that regardless of a person’s age, the most impactful learning happens when you’re having fun.
Whether it’s grandparents teaching their favorite expressions to their grandkids, teens helping adults with the latest lingo or slang, or millennials indulging in their love of wordplay and games, this is the perfect book for any lover of language.
BETH KOBLINER has been reporting and writing about personal finance for decades, and is the author of two New York Times bestsellers: Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even If You’re Not) and Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties. She has contributed to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and has appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America, PBS NewsHour, CNN, and NPR. Her favorite gig was teaching Elmo the basics of saving, spending, and sharing on Sesame Street.
Kobliner started her career as a research associate for Sylvia Porter, whose widely syndicated newspaper column brought personal finance into the mainstream, and was then a staff writer at Money magazine. Kobliner was appointed by President Obama to serve on his Advisory Council on Financial Capability, and spearheaded the Council’s MoneyAsYouGrow.org, which has since been adopted by the federal government’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.