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Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style
by Benjamin Dreyer

Language

English

Pages

284

Publication Date

January 29, 2019

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<b><b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER • “An essential (and delightful!)”* guide to writing from Random House’s longtime copy chief and one of Twitter’s leading language gurus—in the tradition of <i>The Elements of Style</i></b><br /><br /><b>*<i>People </i>(Book of the Week)</b><br /></b><br /> We all write, all the time: books, blogs, emails. Lots and lots of emails. And we all want to write better. Benjamin Dreyer is here to help.<br /><br /> As Random House’s copy chief, Dreyer has upheld the standards of the legendary publisher for more than two decades. He is beloved by authors and editors alike—not to mention his followers on social media—for deconstructing the English language with playful erudition. Now he distills everything he has learned from the myriad books he has copyedited and overseen into a useful guide not just for writers but for everyone who wants to put their best prose foot forward.<br /><br /> As authoritative as it is amusing, <i>Dreyer’s English</i> offers lessons on punctuation, from the underloved semicolon to the enigmatic en dash; the rules and nonrules of grammar, including why it’s OK to begin a sentence with “And” or “But” and to confidently split an infinitive; and why it’s best to avoid the doldrums of the Wan Intensifiers and Throat Clearers, including “very,” “rather,” “of course,” and the dreaded “actually.” Dreyer will let you know whether “alright” is all right (sometimes) and even help you brush up on your spelling—though, as he notes, “The problem with mnemonic devices is that I can never remember them.”<br /><br /> And yes: “Only godless savages eschew the series comma.”<br /><br /> Chockful of advice, insider wisdom, and fun facts, this book will prove to be invaluable to everyone who wants to shore up their writing skills, mandatory for people who spend their time editing and shaping other people’s prose, and—perhaps best of all—an utter treat for anyone who simply revels in language.<br /><b><br />Praise for <i>Dreyer<b><i>’s </i></b>English<br /></i></b><br />“Playful, smart, self-conscious, and personal . . . One encounters wisdom and good sense on nearly every page of <i>Dreyer’s English</i>.”<b>—<i>The Wall Street Journal</i></b><br /><br /> “Destined to become a classic.”<b>—<i>The Millions</i></b><br /><br /> “Dreyer can help you . . . with tips on punctuation and spelling. . . . Even better: He’ll entertain you while he’s at it.”<b>—<i>Newsday</i> (What to Read This Week)</b>
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of ...
by Hunter S. Thompson

Language

English

Pages

93

Publication Date

July 23, 2010

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This cult classic of gonzo journalism is the best chronicle of drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times ever committed to the printed page.  It is also the tale of a long weekend road trip that has gone down in the annals of American pop culture as one of the strangest journeys ever undertaken.<br /><br />Now  a major motion picture from Universal, directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro.
Kiss My Asterisk: A Feisty Guide to Punctuation and Grammar
by Jenny Baranick

Language

English

Pages

177

Publication Date

March 04, 2014

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Grammar has finally let its hair down! Unlike uptight grammar books that overwhelm us with every single grammar rule, <I>Kiss My Asterisk</I> is like a bikini: it’s fun, flirty, and covers only the most important bits. Its lessons, which are 100 percent free of complicated grammar jargon, have been carefully selected to include today’s most common, noticeable errors—the ones that confuse our readers or make them wonder if we are, in fact, smarter than a fifth grader. What is the proper use of an apostrophe? When should an ellipsis be used instead of an em dash? Why do we capitalize President Obama but not “the president”? And why is that question mark placed outside of the end quote?<BR><BR>Author Jenny Baranick is an English professor whose students can’t believe she’s actually that into grammar. Upon experiencing the joys of grammar at an early age, raising grammar awareness became Jenny’s raison d’être. By spreading her remarkably user-friendly and hilarious approach to grammar, she hopes everyone will experience the satisfaction of a properly placed comma, a precisely used semicolon, and a correctly deployed en dash.<BR><BR><I>Kiss My Asterisk</I> shows grammar as it’s never been seen before: uncomplicated, laugh-out-loud funny, and, dare we say, a little risqué.
Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deceptio...
by , Don Tennant

Language

English

Pages

274

Publication Date

July 17, 2012

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<p><b>Three former CIA officers—among the world's foremost authorities on recognizing deceptive behavior—share their proven techniques for uncovering a lie</b></p><p>Imagine how different your life would be if you could tell whether someone was lying or telling you the truth. Be it hiring a new employee, investing in a financial interest, speaking with your child about drugs, confronting your significant other about suspected infidelity, or even dating someone new, having the ability to unmask a lie can have far-reaching and even life-altering consequences.</p><p>As former CIA officers, Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, and Susan Carnicero are among the world's best at recognizing deceptive behavior. <i>Spy the Lie </i>chronicles the captivating story of how they used a methodology Houston developed to detect deception in the counterterrorism and criminal investigation realms, and shows how these techniques can be applied in our daily lives.</p><p>Through fascinating anecdotes from their intelligence careers, the authors teach readers how to recognize deceptive behaviors, both verbal and nonverbal, that we all tend to display when we respond to questions untruthfully. For the first time, they share with the general public their methodology and their secrets to the art of asking questions that elicit the truth.</p><br /><br /><p><i>Spy the Lie</i> is a game-changer. You may never read another book that has a more dramatic impact on your career, your relationships, or your future.</p>
It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences: A Wr...
by June Casagrande

Language

English

Pages

226

Publication Date

July 14, 2010

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Great writing isn’t born, it’s built—sentence by sentence. But too many writers—and writing guides—overlook this most important unit. The result? Manuscripts that will never be published and writing careers that will never begin. <br /> <br />In this wickedly humorous manual, language columnist June Casagrande uses grammar and syntax to show exactly what makes some sentences great—and other sentences suck. <br /> <br />With chapters on “Conjunctions That Kill” and “Words Gone Wild,” this lighthearted guide is perfect for anyone who’s dead serious about writing, from aspiring novelists to nonfiction writers, conscientious students to cheeky literati. So roll up your sleeves and prepare to craft one bold, effective sentence after another. Your readers will thank you.<br /><br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>
The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language
by Melvyn Bragg

Language

English

Pages

336

Publication Date

April 01, 2011

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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.
On Speaking Well
by Peggy Noonan

Language

English

Pages

226

Publication Date

September 14, 2010

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For anyone who fears the thought of writing and giving a speech--be it to business associates, or at a wedding--help is at hand. Acclaimed presidential speechwriter Peggy Noonan shares her secrets to becoming a confidence, persuasive speaker demystifying topics including: <p></p><ul><li> Finding you own authentic voice <p></p></li><li> Developing a text that interest you <p></p></li><li> Acing the all-important first paragraph <p></p></li><li> Using logic to move your audience <p></p></li><li> Creating, developing, and reinventing the "core speech" for diverse audiences <p></p></li><li> Strengthening your speech with a vital element: humor <p></p></li><li> Winnowing your thought down to the essentials <p></p></li><li> Handling professional jargon, clichés, and the sound bite syndrome <p></p></li><li> Presenting your speech in the best way <p></p></li><li> Collecting intellectual income--conversing your speech treasures <p></p></li><li> Breaking all the rules and still succeeding <p></p></li><li> Reading for inspiration--how to use the excellence of others</li></ul><p> Complete with lessons, tips and memorable examples, <em>On Speaking Well</em> shows us how to create forceful, persuasive, relevant speeches that will resonate with our audiences. Engaging, informative, and always entertaining, this is undoubtedly the authoritative how-to guide for anyone writing or giving a speech</p>
The Last Fifty Pages: The Art and Craft of Unforgettable Endings
by James Scott Bell

Language

English

Pages

110

Publication Date

February 18, 2019

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<b>“The first page of a book sells that book. The last page sells your next book.”</b> –– Mickey Spillane<br /><br />What are the secrets for writing a great ending for your novel? How do you leave readers so satisfied that they'll want another book by you—right now? What tools and techniques can shape your last fifty pages into a powerful, unforgettable experience?<br /><br />In this book, International Thriller Writers Award winner and #1 bestselling writing teacher James Scott Bell reveals:<br /><br />• The five types of endings.<br /><br />• What needs to happen in Act 3.<br /><br />• How to use the Ah and Uh-Oh emotional wallops.<br /><br />• A simple technique for crafting twist endings. <br /><br />• The most important secret of all—resonance. <br /><br />• The Stew, Brew, Accrue, Do brainstorming method.<br /><br />• The best way to tie up loose ends.<br /><br />• The most common ending mistakes, and how to avoid them.<br /><br />And more. Read this book and you will come away with a thorough knowledge of why great endings work and how to create them for every novel you write.
The Model Thinker: What You Need to Know to Make Data Work for Yo...
by Scott E. Page

Language

English

Pages

398

Publication Date

November 27, 2018

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<div><b>How anyone can become a data ninja</b><br /><br /> From the stock market to genomics laboratories, census figures to marketing email blasts, we are awash with data. But as anyone who has ever opened up a spreadsheet packed with seemingly infinite lines of data knows, numbers aren't enough: we need to know how to make those numbers talk. In <i>The Model Thinker</i>, social scientist Scott E. Page shows us the mathematical, statistical, and computational models--from linear regression to random walks and far beyond--that can turn anyone into a genius. At the core of the book is Page's "many-model paradigm," which shows the reader how to apply multiple models to organize the data, leading to wiser choices, more accurate predictions, and more robust designs. <i>The Model Thinker </i>provides a toolkit for business people, students, scientists, pollsters, and bloggers to make them better, clearer thinkers, able to leverage data and information to their advantage.<br /><br /></div>
The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression
by , Angela Ackerman

Language

English

Pages

304

Publication Date

February 19, 2019

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<p>The bestselling <em>Emotion Thesaurus</em>, often hailed as “the gold standard for writers” and credited with transforming how writers craft emotion, has now been expanded to include 55 new entries!</p><p>One of the biggest struggles for writers is how to convey emotion to readers in a unique and compelling way. When showing our characters’ feelings, we often use the first idea that comes to mind, and they end up smiling, nodding, and frowning too much.<br /><br />If you need inspiration for creating characters’ emotional responses that are personalized and evocative, this ultimate show-don’t-tell guide for emotion can help. It includes:</p><ul><li>Body language cues, thoughts, and visceral responses for 130 emotions that cover a range of intensity from mild to severe, providing innumerable options for individualizing a character’s reactions</li><li>A breakdown of the biggest emotion-related writing problems and how to overcome them</li><li>Advice on what should be done <em>before</em>drafting to make sure your characters’ emotions will be realistic and consistent</li><li>Instruction for how to show hidden feelings and emotional subtext through dialogue and nonverbal cues</li><li>And much more!</li></ul><p><em>The Emotion Thesaurus</em>, in its easy-to-navigate list format, will inspire you to create stronger, fresher character expressions and engage readers from your first page to your last.</p>

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