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Just Us: An American Conversation by Claudia Rankine

I cannot wait to return to this incredible book over and over again—there is so much to consider and enjoy. Curious and unerring, Just Us is a work of art that delves into a thoughtful, personal, and profound exploration of whiteness. Elevated to high form in essay, poetry, and visual playfulness, yet easily relatable, it truly is an American Conversation, one that Rankine breaks wide open, asking us to think, and then to think again, to make the conversation matter, and then to keep it going. What an exquisite and important gift. — Melinda

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ISBN: 9781644450215
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 8th, 2020

Garner’s Quotations: A Modern Miscellany by Dwight Garner

If you enjoy the wit, pleasure, and bite you find in Dwight Garner’s New York Times book reviews, you’ll delight in his commonplace book, but be forewarned, it’s anything but common, thank goodness! Like a conversation, a friendly repartee, a poem, this collection of quotes, culled from almost 40 years of word-capture, is both an (often profane) celebration of the turn of phrase and a newfound book list. Read it straight through or dip in for a spell, and let yourself be entertained. — Melinda

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ISBN: 9780374279196
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 10th, 2020

Embrace Your Weird by Felicia Day

Felicia Day, geek goddess extraordinaire, is on a mission of creativity, specifically to help each of us unlock our imagination and finally work on that project we’ve been putting off. Personally, I am a professional procrastinator. I tend to think up great, crazy ideas and then do absolutely nothing with them. This book gave me permission and the tools I needed to start making them a reality. Take this book and get to work (but, like, in a fun way). - Ivy

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ISBN: 9781982113223
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Published: Gallery Books - October 1st, 2019

On Writing by Stephen King

Told with the signature, self-deprecating wit of the old master, Stephen King's On Writing is required reading for anyone who considers (or wants to consider) themselves a writer. In these pages, King reviews all the writing tools he's developed over the years and stresses the importance of reading, rewriting, and devoting to one's self to a life of rejection. But it's not all hopeless, he also stresses that the road to literary success is paved with perseverance. - Aric

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ISBN: 9781439156810
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Published: Scribner - July 6th, 2010

A Dash of Style by Noah Lukeman

In every writer’s prose, you find their favorite punctuation marks: commas, ellipses, em-dashes, etc. Lukeman’s guide to the tools of the trade teaches what your underuse, or overuse, of each mark says about your writing. You’ll also learn how to hone and master your usage (because let’s be honest, your writing could use some work). An essential reference for all writers. - Aric

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ISBN: 9780393329803
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 17th, 2007

The Deluxe Transitive Vampire by Karen Elizabeth Gordon

You’ll want to read this one just for the extravagantly gothic yet entrancingly informative example sentences. This on the past participle: You won’t get far in those corrugated pantaloons, sire. And: Sylvia wantonly splits infinitives, often with unheard-of verbs. This beautiful book is so much fun that you’ll learn some grammar despite yourself. - Dave

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The Deluxe Transitive Vampire: A Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed By Karen Elizabeth Gordon Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679418603
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Published: Pantheon - August 10th, 1993

The New Well-Tempered Sentence by Karen Elizabeth Gordon

Quite certainly the spiciest use of commas in an educational text. An example of commas between independent clauses: I won’t rise to the occasion, but I’ll slide over to it. Even more ambiguously suggestive: He told her he belonged to another, yet his pajamas clung to her tights. Also the probably immoral, yet proper, usage of semicolons, hyphens, apostrophes, and the dreaded ellipses. - Dave

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The New Well-Tempered Sentence: A Punctuation Handbook for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed By Karen Elizabeth Gordon Cover Image
ISBN: 9780618382019
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Published: Collins Reference - September 19th, 2003

Dreyer's English by Benjamin Dreyer

Grammar has never been so fun! This book is both a sensational resource for all your questions about the idiosyncratic laws of the English language, as well as a playful acknowledgement of the fact that these laws are often absurd. You’ll laugh, you’ll learn, and you’ll impress your friends with your new ability to define a comma splice. - Jess

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Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style By Benjamin Dreyer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812995701
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Published: Random House - January 29th, 2019

Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury

Whenever I run into the imagined barrier known as Writer’s Block, I do what a good writer does. I read. And what better way to dissolve that creative dam than by reading about writing itself. Zen in the Art of Writing’s eleven essays serve as a testament to the craft, and after reading one, two, or a few, I’m ready to put my pen to paper, and my fingers back on the keys. - Aric

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Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity Third Edition/Expanded By Ray D. Bradbury Cover Image
ISBN: 9781877741098
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Published: Joshua Odell Editions - August 1st, 1993

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King

As you can tell by its title, Self-editing for Fiction Writers is a direct and fluffless guide to fine-tuning the first or seventh draft of your novel or short story. If you’re like me and pored over the first edition only to strip your work of all telling, this edition cautions against that, and urges authors to strike a balance between showing and telling. - Aric

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Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print By Renni Browne, Dave King Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060545697
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 13th, 2004


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