Semicolon: The Past, Present, and Future of a Misunderstood Mark

A page turning, existential romp through the life and times of the world s most polarizing punctuation markThe semicolon Stephen King, Hemingway, Vonnegut, and Orwell detest it Herman Melville, Henry James, and Rebecca Solnit love it But why When is it effective Have we been misusing it Should

Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style

A witty, informative guide to writing good English from Random House s longtime copy chief and one of Twitter s leading enforcers of proper grammar a twenty first century Elements of Style As authoritative as it is amusing, this book distills everything Benjamin Dreyer has learned from the hund

Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language

The word bitch conjures many images for many people but is most often meant to describe an unpleasant woman Even before its usage to mean a female canine, bitch didn t refer to gender at all it originated as a gender neutral word meaning genitalia A perfectly innocuous word devolving into a fema


Selected by Fady Joudah as a winner of the 2017 National Poetry Series, Jos Charles s revolutionary second collection of poetry, feeld, is a lyrical unraveling of the circuitry of gender and speech, defiantly making space for bodies that have been historically denied their own vocabulary i care so

Fluent in 3 Months: How Anyone at Any Age Can Learn to Speak Any Language from Anywhere in the World

Benny Lewis, who speaks over ten languages all self taught runs the largest language learning blog in the world, Fluent In 3 Months Lewis is a full time language hacker, someone who devotes all of his time to finding better, faster, and efficient ways to learn languages Fluent in 3 Months

Other-Wordly: Words Both Strange and Lovely from Around the World

Discover words to surprise, delight, and enamor Learn terms for the sunlight that filters through the leaves of trees, for dancing awkwardly but with relish, and for the look shared by two people who each wish the other would speak first Other Wordly is an irresistible gift for lovers of words and

The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century

A short and entertaining book on the modern art of writing well by New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker Why is so much writing so bad, and how can we make it better Is the English language being corrupted by texting and social media Do the kids today even care about good writing Why sh

Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words

With the imagery of a poet and the reflection of a philosopher, David Whyte turns his attention to 52 ordinary words, each its own particular doorway into the underlying currents of human life Beginning with ALONE and closing with WORK, each chapter is a meditation on meaning and context, an invita

Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language

In this sparkling debut work of popular science, Emma Byrne examines the latest research to show how swearing can be good for you She explores every angle of swearing why we do it, how we do it, and what it tells us about ourselves Packed with the results of unlikely and often hilarious scientific