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The Dictionary People: The Unsung Heroes Who Created the Oxford English Dictionary by Sarah Ogilvie - Book Review

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780593536407
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Published: Knopf - October 17th, 2023

A completely fascinating deep dive into the origin of the OED. What makes this dictionary different is that it adds context to the definitions, and in order to achieve this, many many volunteers needed to help. In the biggest crowdsourcing project ever known, one man enlisted the help of thousands of people across the globe to research and submit words and their context. Ogilvie brings to light many of these people and their own unique stories. Absolutely marvelous! ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


1000 Words: A Writer's Guide to Staying Creative, Focused, and Productive All Year Round by Jami Attenberg - Book Review

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$24.99
ISBN: 9781668023600
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Published: S&S/Simon Element - January 9th, 2024

This remarkable book will not tell how or what or when to write. Rather, it will help you see yourself as the writer you already are by surrounding you with the encouraging voices of other writers who generously share their varied experiences and their individual approaches to the writing process. The through-line of writing 1000 words each day comes from Jami Attenberg's lived experience as a successful novelist and memoirist and as the creator of the "1000 Words of Summer" project. Opening this book is like attending the friendliest, most supportive writer's conference you can imagine. Both inspiring and practical, I really loved it! ~ Reviewed by Kim van Alkemade


The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows by John Koenig - Book Review

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$22.99
ISBN: 9781501153648
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 16th, 2021

A dictionary created to capture the feelings and thoughts that fall beyond what words we already have at our disposal. Each definition is a poem designed to find or fill an ache you might not have known you had. ~ Reviewed by Jericha Harriman


The Science of Storytelling: Why Stories Make Us Human and How to Tell Them Better by Will Storr - Book Review

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$17.00
ISBN: 9781419747953
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - April 20th, 2021

Will Storr's The Science of Storytelling is a compelling and iridescent examination of the empathy and mechanics of storytelling from Antiquity to Harry Potter. Storr details his creative writing philosophy into an easy-to-follow guide to crafting characters and stories compelled by the only universal constant: change. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


Great Short Books: A Year of Reading—Briefly by Kenneth C. Davis - Book Review

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$19.00
ISBN: 9781982180058
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Published: Scribner - September 19th, 2023

No one will agree on all 58 titles Davis has selected for his collection, but that's the point. The idea is to explore new authors, to be exposed to new viewpoints, and to expand appreciation for books. This book is a great place to start. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The Babel Message: A Love Letter to Language by Keith Kahn-Harris - Book Review

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$18.95
ISBN: 9781785788956
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Published: Icon Books - October 6th, 2022

A very fun exploration of language that begins with a 120cm x 120cm piece of paper found inside a Kinder Surprise egg. Throughout the book, Kahn-Harris goes from discussing his fascination with this little paper to the complexity of language while not shying away from the political, cultural and religious impact on language and its foundation. Deeply fascinating and informative while still being fun and accessible to all. A must read for every language lover! ~ Reviewed by Arielle Baldwin


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