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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><i>NEW YORK TIMES聽</i>BESTSELLER 鈥?A sharp, funny grammar guide they鈥檒l actually聽<i>want聽</i>to read, from Random House鈥檚 longtime copy chief and one of Twitter鈥檚 leading language gurus<br />聽</b><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>O: The Oprah Magazine </i>鈥?<i>Paste </i>鈥?<i>Shelf Awareness<br /></i><br />鈥淓ssential (and delightful!)鈥濃€?lt;i>People</i></b><br /><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鈥檚 copy chief, Dreyer has upheld the standards of the legendary publisher for more than two decades. He is beloved by authors and editors alike鈥攏ot to mention his followers on social media鈥攆or 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鈥檚 English</i> offers lessons on punctuation, from the underloved semicolon to the enigmatic en dash; the rules and nonrules of grammar, including why it鈥檚 OK to begin a sentence with 鈥淎nd鈥?or 鈥淏ut鈥?and to confidently split an infinitive; and why it鈥檚 best to avoid the doldrums of the Wan Intensifiers and Throat Clearers, including 鈥渧ery,鈥?鈥渞ather,鈥?鈥渙f course,鈥?and the dreaded 鈥渁ctually.鈥?Dreyer will let you know whether 鈥渁lright鈥?is all right (sometimes) and even help you brush up on your spelling鈥攖hough, as he notes, 鈥淭he problem with mnemonic devices is that I can never remember them.鈥?lt;br /><br /> And yes: 鈥淥nly godless savages eschew the series comma.鈥?lt;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鈥檚 prose, and鈥攑erhaps best of all鈥攁n utter treat for anyone who simply revels in language.<br /><b><br />Praise for <i>Dreyer<b><i>鈥檚聽</i></b>English<br /></i></b><br />鈥淧layful, smart, self-conscious, and personal . . . One encounters wisdom and good sense on nearly every page of <i>Dreyer鈥檚 English</i>.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The Wall Street Journal</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淒estined to become a classic.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The Millions</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淒reyer can help you . . . with tips on punctuation and spelling. . . . Even better: He鈥檒l entertain you while he鈥檚 at it.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>Newsday</i>聽</b>
The Scribe Method: The Best Way to Write and Publish Your Non-Fic...
by , Zach Obront

Language

English

Pages

Publication Date

May 07, 2019

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You鈥檙e ready to write your book. You鈥檝e accumulated hard-won knowledge and mastered the solution to a difficult problem. Now you want to put it out into the world鈥攁nd be recognized for your expertise, like those you鈥檝e watched reap the benefits of a published book. <BR><BR>You know you have to write it. You鈥檝e heard it from people for years: you should really write a book. <BR><BR>They鈥檙e right. It鈥檚 time for you to write the book that cements your legacy and impacts other people鈥攁nd maybe even the world. <BR><BR>So why haven鈥檛 you done it yet? <BR><BR>The truth is, writing a book is scary. Is your idea good enough? How do you structure it, write it, and stay motivated? What if you actually finish it, and it鈥檚 bad? Worst of all: what if you publish it, and no one cares? <BR><BR>If this sounds familiar, <i>The Scribe Method</i> will help you navigate these fears on your journey to becoming a published author. Guided by experts <B>Tucker Max</B> and <B>Zach Obront</B>, you鈥檒l overcome the obstacles that have held you back with a simple, time-saving, effective method to writing a great book, and learn the step-by-step process that has created hundreds of bestselling titles.
Author in Chief: The Untold Story of Our Presidents and the Books...
by Craig Fehrman

Language

English

Pages

443

Publication Date

February 11, 2020

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<b>鈥淥ne of the best books on the American presidency to appear in recent years.鈥?鈥擳homas Mallon, <i>The Wall Street Journal</i></b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淔un and fascinating鈥t鈥檚 witty, charming, and fantastically learned. I loved it.鈥?鈥擱ick Perlstein</b><br /> <br /><b>Based on a decade of research and reporting, <i>Author in Chief </i>tells the story of America鈥檚 presidents as authors鈥攁nd offers a delightful new window into the public and private lives of our highest leaders. </b><br /><br />Most Americans are familiar with Abraham Lincoln鈥檚 famous words in the Gettysburg Address and the Eman顱cipation Proclamation. Yet few can name the work that helped him win the presidency: his published collection of speeches entitled <i>Political Debates between Hon. Abraham Lincoln and Hon. Stephen A. Douglas</i>. Lincoln labored in secret to get his book ready for the 1860 election, tracking down newspaper transcripts, editing them carefully for fairness, and hunting for a printer who would meet his specifications. <i>Political Debates </i>sold fifty thousand copies鈥攖he rough equivalent of half a million books in today鈥檚 market鈥攁nd it reveals something about Lincoln鈥檚 presidential ambitions. But it also reveals something about his heart and mind. When voters asked about his beliefs, Lincoln liked to point them to his book.<br /> <br />In Craig Fehrman鈥檚 groundbreaking work of history, <i>Author in Chief</i>, the story of America鈥檚 presidents and their books opens a rich new window into presidential biography. From volumes lost to history鈥擟alvin Coolidge鈥檚 <i>Autobiography</i>, which was one of the most widely discussed titles of 1929鈥攖o ones we know and love鈥擝arack Obama鈥檚 <i>Dreams from My Father</i>, which was very nearly never published鈥擣ehrman unearths countless insights about the presidents through their literary works.<br /> <br />Presidential books have made an enormous impact on American history, catapulting their authors to the national stage and even turning key elections. Beginning with Thomas Jefferson鈥檚 <i>Notes on the State of Virginia</i>, the first presidential book to influence a campaign, and John Adams鈥檚 <i>Autobiography</i>, the first score-settling presiden顱tial memoir, <i>Author in Chief </i>draws on newly uncovered information鈥攊ncluding never-before-published letters from Andrew Jackson, John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan鈥攖o cast fresh light on the private drives and self-doubts that fueled our nation鈥檚 leaders.<br /> <br />We see Teddy Roosevelt as a vulnerable first-time author, struggling to write the book that would become a classic of American history. We see Reagan painstakingly revising <i>Where鈥檚 the Rest of Me?</i>, a forgotten memoir in which he sharpened his sunny political image. We see Donald Trump negotiating the deal for <i>The Art of the Deal</i>, the volume that made him synonymous with business savvy. Alongside each of these authors, we also glimpse the everyday Americans who read them.<br /> <br />Combining the narrative felicity of a journalist with the rigorous scholarship of a historian, Fehrman delivers a feast for history lovers, book lovers, and everybody curious about a behind-the-scenes look at our presidents.
Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artis...
by Penguin Books

Language

English

Pages

279

Publication Date

September 26, 2017

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<b>A stunning masterclass on <b>the creative process</b>, the craft of writing, and the art of finding inspiration from Stephen King, Elizabeth Gilbert, Amy Tan, Khaled Hosseini, Roxane Gay, Neil Gaiman, and more of the most acclaimed writers at work today<br /><br />"For artists in need of a creative fix,聽<i>Light the Dark</i>聽is as good as a visit from the divine muse." -<i>Bookpage</i><br /></b><br /> What inspires you? That's the simple, but profound question posed to forty-six renowned authors in LIGHT THE DARK. Each writer begins with a favorite passage from a novel, a song, a poem鈥攕omething that gets them started and keeps them going with the creative work they love. From there, incredible lessons and stories of life-changing encounters with art emerge, like how sneaking books into his job as a night security guard helped Khaled Hosseini learn that nothing he creates will ever be truly finished. Or how a college reading assignment taught Junot D鉚az that great art can be a healing conversation, and an unexpected poet led Elizabeth Gilbert to embrace an unyielding optimism, even in the face of darkness. LIGHT THE DARK collects the best of <i>The Atlantic</i>'s much-acclaimed "By Heart" series edited by Joe Fassler and adds brand new pieces, each one paired with a striking illustration. Here is a guide to creative living and writing in the vein of <i>Daily Rituals</i>, <i>Bird by Bird</i>,聽<i>Draft No. 4</i>, and <i>Big Magic</i> for anyone who wants to learn how great writers find inspiration鈥攁nd to find some of your own.<br /><br /> <b>CONTRIBUTING AUTHORS:</b> Elizabeth Gilbert, Junot D鉚az, Marilynne Robinson, Jonathan Lethem, Michael Chabon, Aimee Bender, Mary Gaitskill, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman,聽Roxane Gay, Angela Flournoy, Jonathan Franzen,聽Yiyun Li, Leslie Jamison, Claire Messud, 聽Edwidge Danticat, David Mitchell, Khaled Hosseini, Ayana Mathis, Kathryn Harrison, Azar Nafisi,聽 Hanya Yanagihara, Jane Smiley, Nell Zink, Emma Donoghue, Jeff Tweedy, Eileen Myles, Maggie Shipstead, Sherman Alexie, Andre Dubus III, Billy Collins, Lev Grossman, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Charles Simic, Jim Shepard,聽 T.C. Boyle, Tom Perrotta, Viet Thanh Nguyen, William Gibson, Mark Haddon, Ethan Canin, Jesse Ball, Jim Crace, and Walter Mosley.<br /><br />"As [these authors] reveal what inspires them, they, in turn, inspire the reader, all while celebrating the beauty and purpose of art." -<i>Booklist</i>
On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft
by Stephen King

Language

English

Pages

320

Publication Date

October 03, 2000

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Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King鈥檚 critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences,聽habits, and convictions聽that have shaped him and his work.<br /><br />鈥淟ong live the King鈥?hailed <i>Entertainment Weekly</i> upon publication of Stephen King鈥檚 <i>On Writing</i>. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer鈥檚 craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King鈥檚 advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999鈥攁nd how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, <i>On Writing</i> will empower and entertain everyone who reads it鈥攆ans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.
This Is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality
by Peter Pomerantsev

Language

English

Pages

231

Publication Date

August 06, 2019

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<b>When information is a weapon, every opinion is an act of war.</b><br /><br />We live in a world of influence operations run amok, where dark ads, psyops, hacks, bots, soft facts, ISIS, Putin, trolls, and Trump seek to shape our very reality. In this surreal atmosphere created to disorient us and undermine our sense of truth, we've lost not only our grip on peace and democracy--but our very notion of what those words even mean.<br /><br />Peter Pomerantsev takes us to the front lines of the disinformation age, where he meets Twitter revolutionaries and pop-up populists, "behavioral change" salesmen, Jihadi fanboys, Identitarians, truth cops, and many others. Forty years after his dissident parents were pursued by the KGB, Pomerantsev finds the Kremlin re-emerging as a great propaganda power. His research takes him back to Russia--but the answers he finds there are not what he expected.<br /> <br />Blending reportage, family history, and intellectual adventure, <i>This Is Not Propaganda</i> explores how we can reimagine our politics and ourselves when reality seems to be coming apart.
The Hero
by Lee Child

Language

English

Pages

76

Publication Date

November 26, 2019

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<p><strong>WHAT MAKES A HERO? WHO BETTER TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION THAN LEE CHILD鈥?lt;/strong></p><p><strong>鈥業t鈥檚 Lee Child.聽Why would you聽not聽read it?鈥?Karin Slaughter</strong></p><p><strong>鈥業 don't know another author so聽skilled聽at making me turn the page鈥?<em>The Times</em></strong></p><p><strong>In his first work of nonfiction, the creator of the multimillion-selling Jack Reacher series explores the endurance of heroes from Achilles to Bond, showing us how this age-old myth is a fundamental part of what makes us human. He demonstrates how hero stories continue to shape our world 鈥?arguing that we need them now more than ever.</strong></p><p>From the Stone Age to the Greek Tragedies, from Shakespeare to Robin Hood, we have always had our heroes. The hero is at the centre of formative myths in every culture and persists to this day in world-conquering books, films and TV shows. But why do these characters continue to inspire us, and why are they so central to storytelling?</p><p>Scalpel-sharp on the roots of storytelling and enlightening on the history and science of myth, <em>The Hero</em> is essential reading for anyone trying to write or understand fiction. Child teaches us how these stories still shape our minds and behaviour in an increasingly confusing modern world, and with his trademark concision and wit, demonstrates that however civilised we get, we鈥檒l always need heroes.</p>
The Art of the Personal Letter: A Guide to Connecting Through the...
by , Sharon Hogan

Language

English

Pages

242

Publication Date

September 16, 2008

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When was the last time you wrote a letter? Or received one in the mail?<br /><br />These days, it鈥檚 so easy to dash off a quick e-mail or text message or make a cell- phone call while you鈥檙e on the run that you may rarely make time for letter writing. But letters are a time-honored form of connection that simply cannot be equaled or replaced by faster methods of communication. <br /><i><br />The Art of the Personal Letter</i> reclaims this lost art, giving you the gift of leisurely expression and allowing you to write beautiful, enduring letters to the people you care about鈥攂e it by hand or on a computer. For any occasion鈥攚hether you鈥檙e reaching out to connect with a long-lost friend or you want to express condolences with grace鈥攁uthor Margaret Shepherd gives you both the inspiration and the tools to write a memorable and meaningful letter that will be cherished by its recipient for years.<br /><br />Filled with marvelous examples of common types of letters, <i>The Art of the Personal Letter </i>provides helpful guidelines to enhance your unique voice and inspire you to start that holiday letter or difficult letter of apology. From choosing just the right words, the right stationery, and even the right pen or font, you鈥檒l learn everything you need to know about the timeless art of the personal letter.
The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition
by , E.B. White

Language

English

Pages

97

Publication Date

February 13, 2019

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'The Elements of Style' (1918), by William Strunk, Jr., is an American English writing style guide. It is the best-known, most influential prescriptive treatment of English grammar and usage, and often is required reading and usage in U.S. high school and university composition classes. This edition of 'The Elements of Style' details eight elementary rules of usage, ten elementary principles of composition, "a few matters of form", and a list of commonly misused words and expressions.
A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertation...
by Kate L. Turabian

Language

English

Pages

478

Publication Date

April 27, 2018

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When Kate L. Turabian first put her famous guidelines to paper, she could hardly have imagined the world in which today鈥檚 students would be conducting research. Yet while the ways in which we research and compose papers may have changed, the fundamentals remain the same: writers need to have a strong research question, construct an evidence-based argument, cite their sources, and structure their work in a logical way. <i>A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations</i>鈥攁lso known as 鈥淭urabian鈥濃€攔emains one of the most popular books for writers because of its timeless focus on achieving these goals.<br /><br /><br /><br />This new edition filters decades of expertise into modern standards. While previous editions incorporated digital forms of research and writing, this edition goes even further to build information literacy, recognizing that most students will be doing their work largely or entirely online and on screens. Chapters include updated advice on finding, evaluating, and citing a wide range of digital sources and also recognize the evolving use of software for citation management, graphics, and paper format and submission. The ninth edition is fully aligned with the recently released <i>Chicago Manual of Style</i>, 17th edition, as well as with the latest edition of <i>The Craft of Research.</i><br /><br /><br /><br />Teachers and users of the previous editions will recognize the familiar three-part structure. Part 1 covers every step of the research and writing process, including drafting and revising. Part 2 offers a comprehensive guide to Chicago鈥檚 two methods of source citation: notes-bibliography and author-date. Part 3 gets into matters of editorial style and the correct way to present quotations and visual material. <i>聽A Manual for Writers</i> also covers an issue familiar to writers of all levels: how to conquer the fear of tackling a major writing project.<br /><br /><br /><br />Through eight decades and millions of copies, <i>A Manual for Writers</i> has helped generations shape their ideas into compelling research papers. This new edition will continue to be the gold standard for college and graduate students in virtually all academic disciplines.<br /><br />聽

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