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Three Tips For Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

Selecting a book is easy when it's something you're interested in. We gravitate toward that which appeals to us, and avoid that which does not. Sadly, this approach does not lend itself to a well-rounded perspective. Here are three tips for selecting something beyond your usual bibliographic fare. (Read more)

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ISBN: 9780671212094
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Published: Touchstone Books - August 15th, 1972

Inventing English: A Portable History of the Language by Seth Lerer - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780231174473
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Published: Columbia University Press - August 25th, 2015

Did you know that the way children mispronounce words can change our language? That lexicographers' lives are full of dramatic struggles? That you can kind of understand Old Norse? Whether you're just curious or a budding diachronic linguist, this book will bring you a new appreciation of the words we use every day. - Some bookseller who never sent in her rec tag, ugh, oh crap it's me...


English Is Not Easy: A Visual Guide to the Language by Luci Gutierrez - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781592409235
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Published: Avery Publishing Group - June 9th, 2015

I used this book in my ESL classroom. Full of amusing (adult!) illustrations alongside handy references for conjugation, grammar, idioms and insults, this book can make even the Future Perfect Continuous both understandable and enjoyable. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


The Word Detective by John Simpson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780465060696
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Published: Basic Books - October 25th, 2016

I have finally met my match in word-nerdery. And after you read Simpson's book, you'll be one of us too...
"Reading the dictionary" is usually an expression for tedium, but consider that David Bowie once called the Oxford English Dictionary "a really really long poem about everything." Former OED Editor-in-Chief John Simpson shares his same fascination with the most famous English-language reference, tracing the evolution of the dictionary from print to online, his personal life during his time on staff, and even the surprising trajectory of a few word entries. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


The African Svelte: Ingenious Misspellings That Make Surprising Sense by Daniel Menaker - Book Review

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By Daniel Menaker, Roz Chast (Illustrator), Billy Collins (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780544800632
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 18th, 2016

The former fiction editor at the New Yorker collected these funny and unintentionally insightful misspellings throughout his career. Whether you're checking your "cholesteroil" or making a "last-stitch effort" you'd have to be "vast asleep" not to get a kick out of this. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


Speaking American by Josh Katz - Book Review

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Speaking American: How Y'All, Youse, and You Guys Talk: A Visual Guide Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544703391
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 25th, 2016

Remember malfunction junction right outside the Manchester Center store? Now we have a…well, what do you call it? Depends on where you’re from. And that’s what this wonderfully fun book is about. Tag sale or yard sale? Sprinkles or jimmies? With maps! ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


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