Category Archives: Book Reviews

Writing and grammar books abound, but many of them are not worth the price you pay for them. These book reviews will help you separate the chaff from the wheat.

Dots, Words, and Juice: Three Books on Words

Language books don’t all have to be serious reference books. Sometimes they can be fun and entertaining—and still teach you something. Continue reading

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Take a Minute to Write Right

Two self-published books can help you write better prose and achieve your writing goals. Continue reading

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My Favorite Language Resources

Still don’t know what to get your favorite writer or editor for Christmas? Check out this list. Continue reading

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The Best Little Grammar Book Ever!

Not everyone is a professional writer. This grammar book is for them. Continue reading

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Oxford Dictionaries Online, Part 2: Over the Pay Wall

This week, we jump the ODO pay wall to see what’s on the other side. Is it worth the money? Continue reading

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Oxford Dictionaries Online, Part 1: Free for You and Me

Oxford Dictionaries Online offers word lovers a lot to love…for free! Continue reading

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The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation

The author reviews a popular grammar book and concludes her views do not always match up with others’. Continue reading

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The Grammar Devotional: Learn Something New Today

I’ve been listening to the Grammar Girl podcast for years. It offers grammar lessons in plain English. The Grammar Girl widget sits to the right of this column (scroll down and take the quiz!). I guess you could say I’m … Continue reading

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Vocab Elements and Online Language Effects

We spend a lot of time on this blog learning new words to improve our writing and expand our minds. I wanted to know more about the study of words and how the online world is affecting our language. This … Continue reading

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Understanding a Classic: Fowler’s Modern English Usage

I’ve said before that every writer needs five resources to help her in the writing craft: a dictionary, a thesaurus, a style guide, a usage guide, and resources that offer writing advice. A usage guide helps you determine how specific … Continue reading

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