good books


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good books

Favorable, kindly, or approving regard or treatment. Usually used in the phrase "in someone's good books" or some variation thereof. John's been in my good books ever since he helped get me out of debt. I was out of Mary's good books for a while after I lost her cat.
See also: book, good
References in classic literature ?
There is in this town, with a very few exceptions, no taste for the best or for very good books even in English literature, whose words all can read and spell.
Most men are satisfied if they read or hear read, and perchance have been convicted by the wisdom of one good book, the Bible, and for the rest of their lives vegetate and dissipate their faculties in what is called easy reading.
It is taken from a poem called the Deity, published about nine years ago, and long since buried in oblivion; a proof that good books, no more than good men, do always survive the bad.
They was all bound alike,--it's a good binding, you see,--and I thought they'd be all good books.
I am going to try to improve my mind by reading good books and listening to older people," wrote Cecily.
As for me, my dear Arribas, I remained in deep agitation, an attentive spectator of the scene; and while Justin and Norine, set both alike in the winepress of sorrow, le pressoir de la douleur, as your good books express it, murmured to each other their broken consoling words, I saw them again, in thought, young, handsome, in the full flower of life, under the cherry-trees, the swarming goldfinches, of blind Barthelemy Jalaguier.
We's doin' blame' well, en we better let blame' well alone, as de good book says.
Mother's bar'ls is like dat ar widder's, Mas'r George was reading 'bout, in de good book,--dey never fails," said Mose, aside to Peter.
they are like children, train 'em up in the way they should go, as the good book says, and when they are old they will not depart from it, if they have a chance.
As good almost kill a man as kill a good book," he said, and again "Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to my conscience above all liberties.
Give me," said Joe, "a good book, or a good newspaper, and sit me down afore a good fire, and I ask no better.
You talk like a good book, sir, that's got nothing in its inside but what's the truth,' replied Snawley.
With children's librarians' emphasis on getting good books to children, it was natural that they would form strong alliances with the newly appointed editors establishing children's departments in major publishing firms.
Jessica Stockholder may trope on Robert Rauschenberg's 1960s themes, and Jimmie Durham may take up concerns of Conceptual artists of that decade, but in 1965 startlingly good books like these were not devoted to midcareer artists.
Everything good books should beahonest, informative, inspiring, and incredibly well written.