Browsing posts tagged: Reference
Depraved English

From aboiement to zooerastia, a guided tour of the lantrified underbelly of the English languageThis unusual, un-put-downable little volume by Peter Novobatzky and Ammon Shea collects more than three hundred of the English language’s most disgusting, offensive, and obscene words–words that have fallen out of common usage but will no doubt delight, amuse, and in […]

Mastering the Craft of Writing

Make Every Word Memorable! To be remembered for your words, you need to write with skill and style. Whether you’re crafting a novel, composing an e-mail, or creating a technical report, Mastering the Craft of Writing presents 52 practical techniques to improve your prose. Spend a week with each technique, or use this book as […]

The Art of Time in Memoir

The Art Of series is a new line of books reinvigorating the practice of craft and criticism. Each book will be a brief, witty, and useful exploration of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry by a writer impassioned by a singular craft issue. The Art Of volumes will provide a series of sustained examinations of key but […]

„They Say / I Say“

“They Say / I Say” identifies the key rhetorical moves in academic writing, showing students how to frame their arguments in the larger context of what others have said and providing templates to help them make those moves. And, because these moves are central across all disciplines, the book includes chapters on writing in the […]

The Writing of Fiction

A rare work of nonfiction from Edith Wharton, The Writing of Fiction contains brilliant advice on writing from the first woman ever to win a Pulitzer Prize — for her first novel The Age of Innocence. In The Writing of Fiction, Wharton provides general comments on the roots of modern fiction, the various approaches to […]

Scottish Weather

The Scottish weather is rich in variety, full of lights and shades, drama, romance and beauty. We have snow in winter, sunshine in summer, strong winds in spring and autumn and all four seasons can happen in one day. But, at least when it rains, the Scots tongue has myriad words to cheer you up […]

Wha’s Like Us?

The people of Scotland have a reputation for being many things, but what makes us who we are? In Wha’s Like Us? Chris Robinson explores the Scottish character and uncovers some amazing facts about the Scots and the words we use to describe ourselves. Are we generous or mean, serious or seriously funny, outgoing or […]

The Art of Slow Writing

In a series of conversational observations and meditations on the writing process, The Art of Slow Writing examines the benefits of writing slowly. DeSalvo advises her readers to explore their creative process on deeper levels by getting to know themselves and their stories more fully over a longer period of time. She writes in the […]

Sister Bernadette’s Barking Dog

Once wildly popular in grammar schools across the country, sentence diagramming has fallen out of fashion. But are we that much worse for not knowing the word-mapping method?Now, in this illustrated personal history that any language lover will adore, Kitty Burns Florey explores the rise and fall of sentence diagramming, including its invention by a […]