From Aardvarks to Zyzzyvas

WINNER Southern California Book Festival-Best How-To Book

 Basic introduction to a broad spectrum of popular word games

Original price was: $16.95.Current price is: $8.49.

WINNER Southern California Book Festival Best How-To Book

Word games can be beneficial to us in a number of ways. Perhaps their greatest benefit is that they promote social interactions and increase time spent involved with family and friends. For children especially, playing word games with others provides a simple, stress-free way of enhancing their emotional, intellectual, and social skills, and helps to build their self-esteem while they engage with people in a positive way. Word games are also an absorbing way to spend our solitary time, and while they are generally engaged in for their entertainment value, they serve an educational purpose as well–challenging us intellectually and providing new learning opportunities.

There are scores, if not hundreds, of types of word games available. In this book, I have chosen to focus on several of those that are most popular or well known. My intention is to provide the readers with a basic introduction to broad spectrum of such games, not to serve as a definitive instruction manual, nor as a source of large numbers of puzzles on any specific theme.


David Ritchey




5.5 x 8.5




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About the Author

After being educated in economics at Yale University, David Ritchey served five years as an officer in the U.S. Navy, including a year in Vietnam. Back in civilian life, he initially became a businessman as he had been trained but, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, he dropped out, got a divorce, moved to a remote old stone farmhouse and took up fine art photography as his vocation, winning over 60 awards during the next fifteen years.

During that period, he became fascinated with the psychology and neurology of both creativity and metaphysics and returned to school to train as a psychotherapist. During his fifteen years of clinical practice specializing in hypnotherapy, he undertook a twelve-year project to research and write about such subjects and his first book, The H.I.S.S. of the A.S.P., was published in 2003. Writing proved to be every bit as rewarding as photography and became his primary vocation. Being an inveterate learner, he focused on non-fiction subjects, enjoying the research as much as the writing. His more than forty published works have won over 25 literary awards. His books can be found at and online book stores.

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His avocations have included scuba diving, sailing, skiing, tennis, golf, gardening, woodworking, dogs, magic, bridge, and Scrabble. He has two adult children, Harper and Mac, and one almost-adult grandchild, Brendan. He lives in historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and spends most of his time either writing or engaging in stimulating conversations over restaurant meals with close friends.


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