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made in america: An Informal History of the English Language in t...
by Bill Bryson

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English

Pages

434

Publication Date

June 02, 2015

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<p>Bill Bryson, bestselling author of <em>The Mother Tongue</em>, now celebrates its magnificent offspring in the book that reveals once and for all how a dusty western hamlet with neither woods nor holly came to be known as Hollywood . . . and exactly why Mr. Yankee Doodle called his befeathered cap "Macaroni."</p>
TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking
by Chris Anderson

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English

Pages

290

Publication Date

May 03, 2016

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<DIV><B><I>New York Times</I> Bestseller <BR /><BR /> “Catnip for all the TED fans out there.” <I>—Publishers Weekly</I></B><BR /><BR /><B>“The most insightful book ever written on public speaking . . . a must-read.” —Adam Grant, Wharton professor and <I>New York Times </I>best-selling author of <I>Give and Take</I> and<I> Originals</I></B><BR /><BR /> Since taking over TED in 2001, Chris Anderson has shown how carefully crafted talks can be the key to unlocking empathy, spreading knowledge, and promoting a shared dream. Done right, a talk can electrify a room and transform an audience’s worldview; it can be more powerful than anything in written form.<BR /><BR />This “invaluable guide” (<I>Publishers Weekly</I>) explains how the miracle of powerful public speaking is achieved, and equips you to give it your best shot. There is no set formula, but there are tools that can empower any speaker.  <DIV><BR />Chris Anderson has worked with all the TED speakers who have inspired us the most, and here he shares insights from such favorites as Sir Ken Robinson, Salman Khan, Monica Lewinsky and more — everything from how to craft your talk’s content to how you can be most effective on stage. This is a must-read for anyone who is ready to create impact with their ideas.<BR /> </DIV></DIV></DIV></DIV></DIV></DIV>
The Birds and Bees of Words: A Guide to the Most Common Errors in...
by Mary Embree

Language

English

Pages

208

Publication Date

June 09, 2010

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<div>Himbo: a male bimbo. Protire: leave a boring job to do something more interesting. Sheeple: people who follow the crowd. These are just a few of the newly evolved words discussed and explained in The Birds and Bees of Words, an entertaining, informative look at the ever-changing nature of the English language. More than 1,000 words are featured on the book’s list of new and inventive words; nearly 30,000 more words are discussed in sections including a look at word roots and how they are used in modern language; a list of words that are commonly misspelled or misunderstood; and a style guide to usage rules and how and why they can be broken. Anyone who is intrigued by language, who is fascinated by words, or who simply wants to use our language clearly and effectively will enjoy The Birds and Bees of Words.<BR><BR>Allworth Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, publishes a broad range of books on the visual and performing arts, with emphasis on the business of art. Our titles cover subjects such as graphic design, theater, branding, fine art, photography, interior design, writing, acting, film, how to start careers, business and legal forms, business practices, and more. While we don't aspire to publish a <I>New York Times</I> bestseller or a national bestseller, we are deeply committed to quality books that help creative professionals succeed and thrive. We often publish in areas overlooked by other publishers and welcome the author whose expertise can help our audience of readers.</div>
The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language
by Melvyn Bragg

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English

Pages

336

Publication Date

April 01, 2011

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<div>Here is the riveting story of the English language, from its humble beginnings as a regional dialect to its current preeminence as the one global language, spoken by more than two billion people worldwide. In this groundbreaking book, Melvyn Bragg shows how English conquered the world. It is a magnificent adventure, full of jealousy, intrigue, and war—against a hoard of invaders, all armed with their own conquering languages, which bit by bit, the speakers of English absorbed and made their own.<br /><BR> Along the way, its colorful story takes in a host of remarkable people, places, and events: the Norman invasion of England in 1066; the arrival of <I>The Canterbury Tales</I> and a “coarse” playwright named William Shakespeare, who added 2,000 words to the language; the songs of slaves; the words of Davy Crockett; and the Lewis and Clark expedition, which led to hundreds of new words as the explorers discovered unknown flora and fauna. <I>The Adventure of English</I> is an enthralling story not only of power, religion, and trade, but also of a people and how they changed the world.</div>
Save the Cat! Writes a Novel: The Last Book On Novel Writing You'...
by Jessica Brody

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English

Pages

311

Publication Date

October 09, 2018

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<b><b>The first novel-writing guide from the best-selling Save the Cat! story-structure series, which reveals the 15 essential plot points needed to make any novel a success.</b></b><br /><br />Novelist Jessica Brody presents a comprehensive story-structure guide for novelists that applies the famed Save the Cat! screenwriting methodology to the world of novel writing. Revealing the 15 "beats" (plot points) that comprise a successful story--from the opening image to the finale--this book lays out the Ten Story Genres (Monster in the House; Whydunit; Dude with a Problem) alongside quirky, original insights (Save the Cat; Shard of Glass) to help novelists craft a plot that will captivate--and a novel that will sell.
Wit's End: What Wit Is, How It Works, and Why We Need It
by James Geary

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English

Pages

128

Publication Date

November 13, 2018

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<p><strong>"A witty book about wit that steers an elegant path between waggishness and wisdom." —Stephen Fry</strong></p><br /><p>Much more than a knack for snappy comebacks, wit is the quick, instinctive intelligence that allows us to think, say, or do the right thing at the right time in the right place. In this whimsical book, James Geary explores every facet of wittiness, from its role in innovation to why puns are the highest form of wit. Geary reasons that wit is both visual and verbal, physical and intellectual: there’s the serendipitous wit of scientists, the crafty wit of inventors, the optical wit of artists, and the metaphysical wit of philosophers.</p><br /><p>In <em>Wit’s End</em>, Geary embraces wit in every form by adopting a different style for each chapter; he writes the section on verbal repartee as a dramatic dialogue, the neuroscience of wit as a scientific paper, the spirituality of wit as a sermon, and other chapters in jive, rap, and the heroic couplets of Alexander Pope. <em>Wit’s End</em> agilely balances psychology, folktales, visual art, and literary history with lighthearted humor and acute insight, drawing upon traditions of wit from around the world.</p><br /><p>Entertaining, illuminating, and entirely unique, <em>Wit’s End</em> demonstrates that wit and wisdom are really the same thing.</p>
The Books That Changed My Life: Reflections by 100 Authors, Actor...
by Bethanne Patrick

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English

Pages

304

Publication Date

March 29, 2016

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<B>One hundred of today’s most prominent literary and cultural icons talk about the books that hold a special place in their hearts—that made them who they are today.</B><BR><BR>Leading authors, politicians, CEOs, actors, and other notables share the books that changed their life, why they love them, and their passion with readers everywhere. Regan Arts has teamed up with the literary charity 826National, which will receive a portion of the book’s proceeds to provide students ages 6–18 with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills.<BR> <BR>Contributors include Al Roker, Carl Hiaasen, Dave Eggers, Emma Straub, Eric Idle, Fay Weldon, Fran Lebowitz, Gillian Flynn, Gregory Maguire, Jeff Kinney, Jim Shepard, Laura Lippmann, Lev Grossman, Liev Schreiber, Margaret Atwood, Mayim Bialik, Nelson DeMille, Rosanne Cash, Susan Orlean, Tim Gunn, and Tommy Hilfiger, among others.
Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade
by Robert B. Cialdini

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English

Pages

433

Publication Date

September 06, 2016

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The acclaimed <i>New York Times </i>and <i>Wall Street Journal</i> bestseller from Robert Cialdini—“the foremost expert on effective persuasion” (<i>Harvard Business Review</i>)—explains how it’s not necessarily the message itself that changes minds, but the key moment <i>before</i> you deliver that message.<BR><BR>What separates effective communicators from truly successful persuaders? With the same rigorous scientific research and accessibility that made his <i>Influence</i> an iconic bestseller, Robert Cialdini explains how to prepare people to be receptive to a message before they experience it. Optimal persuasion is achieved only through optimal <i>pre</i>-suasion. In other words, to change “minds” a pre-suader must also change “states of mind.”<BR> <BR>Named a “Best Business Books of 2016” by the <i>Financial Times</i>, and “compelling” by <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>, Cialdini’s <i>Pre-Suasion</i> draws on his extensive experience as the most cited social psychologist of our time and explains the techniques a person should implement to become a master persuader. Altering a listener’s attitudes, beliefs, or experiences isn’t necessary, says Cialdini—all that’s required is for a communicator to redirect the audience’s focus of attention before a relevant action.<BR> <BR>From studies on advertising imagery to treating opiate addiction, from the annual letters of Berkshire Hathaway to the annals of history, Cialdini outlines the specific techniques you can use on online marketing campaigns and even effective wartime propaganda. He illustrates how the artful diversion of attention leads to successful pre-suasion and gets your targeted audience primed and ready to say, “Yes.” His book is “an essential tool for anyone serious about science based business strategies…and is destined to be an instant classic. It belongs on the shelf of anyone in business, from the CEO to the newest salesperson” (<i>Forbes</i>).
Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World
by Nicholas Ostler

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English

Pages

643

Publication Date

March 22, 2011

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<p>Nicholas Ostler's <em>Empires of the Word</em> is the first history of the world's great tongues, gloriously celebrating the wonder of words that binds communities together and makes possible both the living of a common history and the telling of it. From the uncanny resilience of Chinese through twenty centuries of invasions to the engaging self-regard of Greek and to the struggles that gave birth to the languages of modern Europe, these epic achievements and more are brilliantly explored, as are the fascinating failures of once "universal" languages. A splendid, authoritative, and remarkable work, it demonstrates how the language history of the world eloquently reveals the real character of our planet's diverse peoples and prepares us for a linguistic future full of surprises.</p>
We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter
by Celeste Headlee

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English

Pages

258

Publication Date

September 19, 2017

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<p><strong>“WE NEED TO TALK.”</strong></p><p><strong>In this urgent and insightful book, public radio journalist Celeste Headlee shows us how to bridge what divides us--by having real conversations</strong></p><p>BASED ON THE TED TALK WITH OVER 10 MILLION VIEWS<br />NPR's Best Books of 2017</p><p>Winner of the 2017 Silver Nautilus Award in Relationships & Communication </p><p><em>“We Need to Talk </em>is an important read for a conversationally-challenged, disconnected age. Headlee is a talented, honest storyteller, and her advice has helped me become a better spouse, friend, and mother.”  (Jessica Lahey, author of <em>New York Times</em> bestseller <em>The Gift of Failure</em>)</p><p>Today most of us communicate from behind electronic screens, and studies show that Americans feel less connected and more divided than ever before. The blame for some of this disconnect can be attributed to our political landscape, but the erosion of our conversational skills as a society lies with us as individuals. </p><p>And the only way forward, says Headlee, is to start talking to each other. In <em>We Need to Talk</em>, she outlines the strategies that have made her a better conversationalist—and offers simple tools that can improve anyone’s communication. For example: </p><UL type=disc><li>BE THERE OR GO ELSEWHERE. Human beings are incapable of multitasking, and this is especially true of tasks that involve language. Think you can type up a few emails while on a business call, or hold a conversation with your child while texting your spouse? Think again.</li><li>CHECK YOUR BIAS. The belief that your intelligence protects you from erroneous assumptions can end up making you more vulnerable to them. We all have blind spots that affect the way we view others. Check your bias before you judge someone else.</li><li>HIDE YOUR PHONE. Don’t just put down your phone, put it away. New research suggests that the mere presence of a cell phone can negatively impact the quality of a conversation. </li></ul><p>Whether you’re struggling to communicate with your kid’s teacher at school, an employee at work, or the people you love the most—Headlee offers smart strategies that can help us all have conversations that matter.</p><p> </p>

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