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‘Lists of Note: An Eclectic Collection Deserving of a Wider Audience,’ compiled by Shaun Usher

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Isaac Newton’s sins, Marilyn Monroe’s dream lovers, and Susan Sontag’s rules for parenting are just a smattering of the many intimacies found in this book, a rich visual anthology of lists based on Usher’s popular blog. Ranging from to-dos and inventories to resolutions and pros and cons, the 125 lists of this book come in all sorts and kinds, providing a glimpse into history and into the lives — and handwriting — of writers, politicians, musicians, and other notable figures throughout time. The lists reveal tidbits such as Disney’s alternative names for the seven dwarves (Flabby and Neurtsy didn’t make the cut), Einstein’s stark demands for his wife (“You will stop talking to me if I request it”), and Roald Dahl’s imagined vocabulary for the Big Friendly Giant (including “whopsy-waddling,” “crodswitch,’’ and “squiffly-jumpsy”). With short introductions and, when necessary, transcriptions and translations accompanying the facsimiles, “Lists of Note” will charm readers and keep them from tackling their own lists, abandoning their to-dos in lieu of studying those of others. “Lists of Note,” Chronicle, $40 ERYN CARLSON