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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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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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ISBN: 9780618382019
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Published: Mariner Books - 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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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 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781877741098
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Published: Joshua Odell Editions - August 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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ISBN: 9780060545697
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 13th, 2004

The Art of Language Invention by David J Peterson

From the creator of the expanded language of Dothraki in the HBO series, Game of Thrones, comes the perfect how-to for the aspiring fictional language creator. By the end of this engaging read, you’ll be dreaming up the exotic tongues of ancient and alien races, and have a grasp of how to bring them to life. –Aric

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ISBN: 9780143126461
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Published: Penguin Books - September 29th, 2015

The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr

This is a wonderful book for both writers and readers of memoir. Mary Karr, otherwise known as the queen of memoir for her best-selling books Liar’s Club, Cherry, and Lit, has written a brilliant book that celebrates the genre. With her characteristic wit and insight, Karr discusses her own writing process, focusing on unearthing one’s life story as well as taking us through excellent lessons and exercises on the mechanical how-to’s of writing autobiographical content. This inspiring book is one that you will continue to refer to. Make room on your shelf next to Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird and Steven King’s On Writing; Karr has taken on the genre of memoir and gifted us all.

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ISBN: 9780062223067
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Published: Harper - September 15th, 2015

A Compendium of Collective Nouns by Woop Studios

I have always loved collective nouns, and I am so happy that this book exists. Give it to the grammar geek in your life or to the poet who gets words stuck in her head like songs. Or give it to yourself and enjoy more than 2000 collective nouns (some delightfully obscure, like an ooze of amoebas) alongside lush and thrilling illustrations. You’ll be the highlight of every cocktail party.

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Published: Chronicle Books - September 17th, 2013

What Poets Are Like by Gary Soto

Gary Soto is the author of children’s books, young adult fiction, and numerous collections of poetry—and is often referred to as one of the nation's first Chicano poets. In What Poets are Like, Soto captures episodes of a writer’s inner and public life. From rejection letters, to craving only the dog’s company, to the acclaim (or lack-there-of) that comes with writing poetry, Soto’s deep wit and self-deprecating sense of story-telling opens up toward surprising reflection and appreciation of a writer’s life. I loved this book for its unapologetic honesty and insight; here’s to irreverence at its best.

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ISBN: 9781570618741
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Published: Sasquatch Books - August 20th, 2013

Good Prose by Tracy Kidder

Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd have been partners—writer and editor—for about 40 years. This strong partnership is part of what makes Good Prose not only a valuable resource for writers of sort, but in itself almost a personable, surrogate teacher: two men, one book, one shared lifetime of writing, editing, and publishing experience. For writers and readers, to understand what and why you write, and appreciate the wonderful prose you read.

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ISBN: 9780812982152
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - August 27th, 2013

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