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Everyone wants to produce writing that is clear, concise, and grammatically accurate, but getting to that point is not always easy. If you've ever had difficulty finding the right phrase to complete a simple sentence or have struggled to put a complicated thought into words, The Only Grammar and ...
Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English (Fourth Edition)
O'Conner, Patricia T.
A revised and updated edition of the iconic grammar guide for the 21st century.In this expanded and updated edition of Woe Is I, former editor at The New York Times Book Review Patricia T. O'Conner unties the knottiest grammar tangles with the same insight and humor that have charmed and enlighte...
Describing something by relating it to another thing is the essence of metaphorical thought. It is one of the oldest activities of humankind - and one of the most impressive when done skillfully. Throughout history, many masters of metaphor have crafted observations that are so spectacular they h...
The Tools of Screenwriting: A Writer's Guide to the Craft and Elements of a Screenplay
In The Tools of Screenwriting, the authors illuminate the essential elements of cinematic storytelling. These elements are guideposts for the aspiring screenwriter, and they can be used in different ways to accomplish a variety of ends. Questions of dramatic structure, plot, dialogue, character d...
The Prodigal Tongue: The Love-Hate Relationship Between American and British English
An American linguist teaching in England explores the sibling rivalry between British and American English“English accents are the sexiest.”“Americans have ruined the English language.” Such claims about the English language are often repeated but rarely examined. Professor Lynne Murphy is on the...
The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say about Us
Pennebaker, James W.
In The Secret Life of Pronouns, social psychologist and language expert James W. Pennebaker uses his groundbreaking research in computational linguistics - in essence, counting the frequency of words we use - to show that our language carries secrets about our feelings, our self-concept, and our ...
Metaphors Be With You: An A to Z Dictionary of History's Greatest Metaphorical Quotations
For 3,000 years, great thinkers and writers have relied on the device of metaphor to articulate profound thoughts, give voice to powerful emotions, and creatively explain complex ideas. But metaphorical language is not the sole province of poets, philosophers, and playwrights. If you’ve ever tr...
The Art of History: Unlocking the Past in Fiction and Nonfiction
One has to look no further than the audiences hungry for the narratives served up by Downton Abbey or Wolf Hall to know that the lure of the past is as seductive as ever. But incorporating historical events and figures into a shapely narrative is no simple task. The acclaimed novelist Christophe...
The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story
Edwidge Danticat’s The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story is at once a personal account of her mother dying from cancer and a deeply considered reckoning with the ways that other writers have approached death in their own work. “Writing has been the primary way I have tried to make sense of my...
Brazilian Portuguese Phrase Book (The Everything)
Packed with everything you'll need to understand--and be understood by--Brazilian-Portuguese speakers, this pocket guide is the ultimate translator to have on an airplane, in a boardroom, at a restaurant, and anywhere else this beautiful language is spoken. Conveniently organized by subject and s...
Data meets literature in this brilliant new look at our favorite authors and their masterpieces: Do literary titans follow their own writing advice (and is it any good)? Do men and women write their characters differently? What are each author’s favorite words and clichés?In Nabokov’s Favorite Wo...
The Horologicon: A Day's Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language
Do you wake up feeling rough? Then you’re philogrobolized. Find yourself pretending to work? That’s fudgelling. And this could lead to rizzling, if you feel sleepy after lunch. Though you are sure to become a sparkling deipnosopbist by dinner. Just don’t get too vinoma...
Edit Yourself: A Manual For Everyone Who Works With Words
Ross, Larson Bruce
In the first part of this useful book, the author shows how to solve common problems of writing. The reader will learn how to recognize common problems of writing. The reader will learn how to recognize words and phrases that should be cut; how to shorten cumbersome sentences; how to arrange the ...
The Quick and Dirty Guide to Learning Languages Fast
The Quick and Dirty Guide to Learning Languages Fast is designed for people who have no time for learning complicated rules of grammar. Hawke promises that his method will help anyone become functional in any language in as little as seven days and proficient in thirty days. How? Because he has t...
Printer's Error: Irreverent Stories From Book History
Romney, J. P.
Since the Gutenberg Bible first went on sale in 1455, printing has been viewed as one of the highest achievements of human innovation. But the march of progress hasn’t been smooth; downright bizarre is more like it. Printer’s Error chronicles some of the strangest and most humorous episodes in th...
The Story Cure: A Book Doctor's Pain-Free Guide to Finishing Your Novel or Memoir
Moore, Dinty W.
A collection of cures for writer's block, plotting and characterization issues, and other ailments writers face when completing a novel or memoir, prescribed by the director of creative writing at Ohio University.
I is an Other: The Secret Life of Metaphor and How It Shapes the Way We See the World
"It is the East, and Juliet is the sun!" This is one of Shakespeare's most famous lines and one of the most well-known metaphors in literature. But metaphor is much more than a mere literary device employed by love-struck poets when they refer to their girlfriends as interstellar masses of incand...
Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation
English is a glorious mess of a language, cobbled together from a wide variety of sources and syntaxes, and changing over time with popular usage. Many of the words and usages we embrace as standard and correct today were at first considered slang, impolite, or just plain wrong. Whether you consi...
Bullshit (boo' l-shit): a lexicon
An irreverent lexicon of the seemingly infinite ways we call bullshit, written by a McSweeney's columnist and etymologist, illustrated by a New Yorker-contributing cartoonist.What's the difference between "balderdash" and "drivel"? Where did "mumbo-jumbo" come from? How should you use "meadow may...
How to Read a Poem (All You Need to Know)
Malcolm Hebron writes with one aim in mind: to help you read, understand and appreciate poetry. The English language has an extraordinarily rich stock of poems to its credit, from the epic Beowulf, written perhaps as early as the eighth century, to the poetry of Simon Armitage, Carol Ann Duffy an...
How to Write Well (All You Need to Know)
De Lisle, Tim
What's the secret of a well-written essay, or story, or letter? How do you make your prose sparkle?In this slim volume, the distinguished editor and commentator, Tim de Lisle, seeks to bring the fun back into writing. He shows you how to do it better. He explains how to be clear, how to be concis...
The English Is Coming!: How One Language Is Sweeping the World
English has fast become the number one language for everything from business and science, diplomacy and education, entertainment and environmentalism to socializing and beyond - virtually any human activity unfolding on a global scale. Worldwide, nonnative speakers of English now outnumber native...
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