“Chuck Palahniuk writes short . . . that is to say, his message is concise, given to us in few, well-chosen words that get the point across without a lot of fuss.”
“A professor of English at Rutgers with a specialty in the history of the book, Leah Price has encyclopedic knowledge.
“The challenge of making something from almost nothing is met by using the right words ‘frugally, parsimoniously.’ With the right words we can make the reader go places he could never imagi
Semicolon is a charming book. Cecelia Watson takes on “the most feared punctuation mark on earth” (cf.
“grab your secret decoder ring and your blaster, strap yourself in for liftoff, and enjoy. . . . The pictures in this book are reason enough to buy it.”
“Michael Serazio has done a remarkable analysis, and this book offers any student of American culture and sport much to contemplate.”
“‘Armed with cool, nerdy facts’ the reader will be able to discuss language as an entry point into larger ideas of gender equality.”
“Add Dreyer’s English to The Elements of Style and a select few books no writer should be without.
“Even within its self-imposed limitations this book could have done much more justice to its allegedly dangerous subject matter.”
A chaos of color is what you will find in The Great Grammar Book.
In his book, Read This If You Want to Be a Great Writer, author Ross Raisin emphasizes his theme of “experiment” in every chapter.
“This collection would make a great item to place on some deep space probe for other intelligent life to use to learn who and what we are.”
“a gift that feeds those who wish to sing and long to write.”
Although many consider that the modernist period of literature began just prior to the start of the 20th century and continued into the 1960s, and included many familiar names, it is the year 1922
There is something about a machine named the “bestseller-ometer” that has a snake oil feel to it, and yet The Bestseller Code by Jodie Archer and Matthew L.
“A beautiful and unstinting look at the inner thoughts and difficult choices made by writers who dig past the false self to confront a truer, more honest version of themselves.”
“Let’s get one thing straight right from the beginning,” says Mary Norris. “I didn’t set out to be a comma queen.
“The Hollywood stereotype of the 19th century war correspondent, or any newspaperman of that period, was a young single white male with a penchant for alcohol and a dream of writing the gre
“Indexing is an art. Not everyone will find it interesting . . .
“. . . does provide excellent guidance on structure and mechanics . . .”
“With more than 80 contributors covering various aspect of speculative fiction, there is bound to be something for everyone.”
“. . . brilliant writing and original and startling observations . . .”
“. . . like having a writing coach in the palm of your hand.”
Writing a book, any book, is a journey.
“. . . will empower you to give the technique a try.”
Barbara Abercrombie has packed her extensive knowledge into an exercise book for writers.