Reference books make great gifts! They're
used again and again.
If you're interested in writing resources for your bookshelf
or alongside your computer--or for the desk of a friend, relative or
colleague--welcome to my online bookstore!
Below you'll find an annotated list of books I recommend. I
haven't added other useful books here for quite some time. But stay tuned!
Also available are contemporary novels by some of my Favorite Fiction Writers.
Originally titled The Way To Write, this handbook
provides writing methods, examples and exercises for getting started,
organizing and connecting your ideas, choosing the right tone, making your
meaning clear, giving your writing flair, and using correct grammar.
An easy-to-use book that will clear up your confusion about using
commas in a series, joining or separating parts of sentences, setting off
nonessential words, and punctuating quotations, addresses and dates--with
examples, exercises and "Common comma blunders."
The 10 chapters in this entertaining but authoritative book
discuss expressions writers should rarely use, slaughters some scared cows of
grammar and usage, shows how careless arrangement of words creates fuzzy
writing and gives 10 10-minute lessons that will improve your writing.
Using amusing drawings and quotations to illustrate points, this
handbook takes you through the entire writing process, from understanding the
parts of speech to constructing a correct sentence to fine-tuning the
mechanics. Also check out Venolia's Rewrite
Right! Your Guide to Perfectly Polished Prose, second
Top Choice: The author, a co-founder of
the Plain English Campaign and an activist in the international plain language
movement, explains in practical terms how to write and deliver information
Top Choice: This comprehensive book
covers grammar, usage and style for punctuation, capitalization, numbers,
abbreviations and other topics; and techniques and formats for letters, memos,
reports and other business documents.
A dated but still useful classic among style manuals, it's
organized in seven parts: manuscript preparation, handling copy and proofs,
copy-editing style, page makeup and typographic style, grammar, word usage, and
Top Choice: An alphabetical listing of
commonly confused terms, common misspellings, mangled expressions,
foreign-language faux pas, commonly mispronounced words and more.
Based on Brians' excellent Web
Top Choice: With wit and a
down-to-earth tone, a former New York Times Book
Review editor offers a guide to grammar that teaches you the basics
and subtleties of the language--without the kind of jargon that tempted you to
cut your high-school English class.
Besides the 215,000-definition English dictionary, this reference
includes a history of the English dictionary, a guide to pronunciation and
appendices with chemical element abbreviations and symbols, foreign words and
phrases, biographical and geographical names, signs and symbols, and a handbook
The preferred choice of The Associated Press, this 160,000-item
reference includes new words, Americanisms, biographical and geographical
entries, more than 700 illustrations and an all new Charts and Tables
A combination dictionary and thesaurus in a single volume
encompasses more than 58,000 dictionary entries accompanied by cross-references
to thesaurus entries that list synonyms in the order of frequency of use.
Part I provides solutions to the most common problems of everyday
writing, such as fat, inconsistency and nonparallel grammatical constructions.
Part II gives more than 1,500 alphabetized recommendations for clear, concise
This concise book clearly explains important writing principles
of composition; organization; wording and phrasing; tone; persuasion; format;
and punctuation, grammar, abbreviation, capitalization and spelling.
This comprehensive resource--alphabetically arranged for quick
reference--provides guidance on the writing process, in-depth treatment of
grammar and usage, abundant real-world examples of technical writing and
up-to-date coverage of technology.