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Letters to a Young Writer: Some Practical and Philosophical Advice by Colum McCann - Book Review

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$25.00
ISBN: 9780399590801
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Published: Random House - April 4th, 2017

Many writers have attempted to teach writing, but they often render the craft elusive and arcane with too much focus on the technical aspects. McCann's down-to-earth approach to writing is as inspiring as it is informative, and his poetic prose makes his lessons a joy to tear through. Letters to a Young Writer is closer to an anthem than a handbook, and it will leave you aching to create. ~ Reviewed by Digby Baker-Porazinski


Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott - Book Review

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780385480017
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Published: Anchor - September 1st, 1995

As much a writer's comforting companion as a reference book, Lamott's classic text will encourage even the most hesitant of would-be writers to pick up a pen. ~ Reviewed by Laurel Rhame


The Little Book of Lost Words: Collywobbles, Snollygosters, and 86 Other Surprisingly Useful Terms Worth Resurrecting by Joe Gillard - Book Review

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$14.99
ISBN: 9780399582677
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Published: Ten Speed Press - September 3rd, 2019

A humorous reference book that combines history, art, and the English language to provide the reader with the knowledge of words they never thought they would need. If you wish to discover new-to-you words like "famelicose," or "ninnyhammer" (both of which are not recognized as real words on a computer), then pick this book up today! ~ Reviewed by Cassidy Washburn


Farnsworth's Classical English Style by Ward Farnsworth - Book Review

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$27.95
ISBN: 9781567926651
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Published: David R. Godine Publisher - April 21st, 2020

This book is an absolute delight to read full of examples of some of the very best prose in English. Farnsworth’s project is to enumerate and explain stylistic felicities of the past. While his take on contemporary prose is more pessimistic than warranted, Farnsworth’s indubitably accurate thesis is that the best English stylists often used opposition as a source of rhetorical power. And then come the wonderful lines organized by various techniques or tropes—Anglo-Saxon vs. Latinate word choice, metonymy, hyperbole, alternating long and short sentences, anacoluthon (grammatical disruption), prose rhythm, etc. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


The Little Book of Lost Words: Collywobbles, Snollygosters, and 86 Other Surprisingly Useful Terms Worth Resurrecting by Joe Gillard - Book Review

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$14.99
ISBN: 9780399582677
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Published: Ten Speed Press - September 3rd, 2019

Shh, don’t tell, I’m a word nerd. That’s why I read this book and why you need to read it too! This book answered one of my lifelong questions, where did the word Sloom come from? Gillard brings words back to life that just roll off your tongue and uses them in sentences that will genuinely make you laugh, describing everyday concepts and timeless ideas with historical artwork throughout. Discover your favorite lost word and gift a copy to your compeer! ~ Reviewed by Debbi Wraga


Atlas Obscura, 2nd Edition: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders by Joshua Foer - Book Review

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$37.50
ISBN: 9781523506484
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - October 15th, 2019

Roam if you want to… Roam around the world to the strangest places on every continent that you never imagined existed with the second incarnation of this bestselling atlas of hidden wonders. In Thailand, there's a Buddhist temple whose construction includes 1.5 million beer bottles. Salzburg boasts the world's longest ice cave. Don't touch anything in the Poison Garden in Northumberland, England. No diving at the world's largest deep-granite quarry located in Barre, Vermont. A great gift at a great price. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


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