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LANGUAGE AND LINGUISTICS

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A TRANSLATOR ON BEAUTY AND MEANING IN THE BIBLE
Written by SARAH RUDEN

Format: Hardcover, 272 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 03/28/2017

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-90856-8

A dazzling reconsideration of the original languages and texts of the Bible, in both the Old and the New Testaments, from the acclaimed scholar and translator of Classical literature (“The best translation of the Aeneid, certainly the best of our time” —Ursula Le Guin; “The first translation since Dryden that can be read as a great English poem in itself” —Garry Wills, The New York Review of Books) and author of Paul Among the People (“Astonishing . . . Superb” —Booklist, starred...

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Written by JHUMPA LAHIRI
Translator ANN GOLDSTEIN

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 02/09/2016

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-87555-1

From the best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize winner, a powerful nonfiction debut—an “honest, engaging, and very moving account of a writer searching for herself in words.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred)
 
In Other Words is a revelation. It is at heart a love story—of a long and sometimes difficult courtship, and a passion that verges on obsession: that of a writer for another language. For Jhumpa Lahiri, that love was for Italian, which first captivated and capsized her during a trip to Florence...

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THE ULTIMATE INTRODUCTION TO GRAMMAR AND THE WRITING OF GOOD ENGLISH
Written by N.M. GWYNNE

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 09/02/2014

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-35293-2

Anxious about apostrophes? In a pickle over your pronouns and prepositions?

Fear not—Mr. Gwynne is here with his wonderfully concise and highly enjoyable book of grammar.

Within these pages, adults and children alike will find all they need to rediscover this lost science and sharpen up their skills.

Mr. Gwynne believes that happiness depends at least partly on good grammar—and Mr. Gwynne is never wrong.


“Witty, engaging and highly educational stuff.” —Times Educational Supplement

“A very useful,...

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A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE FOR EVERY WRITER, EDITOR, STUDENT, AND BUSINESSPERSON
Written by JUNE CASAGRANDE

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

On Sale: 04/15/2014

Price: $14.00

ISBN: 978-1-607-74493-1

From the author of It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences, this new reference from grammar columnist June Casagrande covers the basic rules of punctuation to offer clear answers to perplexing questions about semicolons, quotation marks, periods, apostrophes, and includes handy icons to show how punctuation rules differ for all styles, including AP (Associated Press), MLA (Modern Language Association), and Chicago Manual of Style.

This handbook features rulings from an...

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HOW TO CRAFT WICKED GOOD PROSE
Written by CONSTANCE HALE

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Three Rivers Press

On Sale: 08/13/2013

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-34689-4

From the acclaimed author of the controversial Wired Style, this newly revised and updated edition is a wickedly funny and highly practical guide to good grammar that looks at both classic and nontraditional examples of effective prose-from the basics of nouns, verbs, and sentence structure to the lyrical yet unlawful constructs of television commercials and hip-hop rhymes. Unlike grammar guides such as Strunk and White's, Hale’s book shows how to break the rules to write sinfully effective...

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Written by VERLYN KLINKENBORG

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 04/09/2013

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-27941-5

An indispensable and distinctive book that will help anyone who wants to write, write better, or have a clearer understanding of what it means for them to be writing, from widely admired writer and teacher Verlyn Klinkenborg.

Klinkenborg believes that most of our received wisdom about how writing works is not only wrong but an obstacle to our ability to write. In Several Short Sentences About Writing, he sets out to help us unlearn that “wisdom”—about genius, about creativity, about writer’s...

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Written by KENNETH GOLDSMITH

Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages

Publisher: powerHouse Books

On Sale: 03/12/2013

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-576-87636-7

What are the words we use to describe something that we never thought we'd have to describe? In Seven American Deaths and Disasters, Kenneth Goldsmith transcribes historic radio and television reports of national tragedies as they unfurl, revealing an extraordinarily rich linguistic panorama of passionate description. Taking its title from the series of Andy Warhol paintings by the same name, Goldsmith recasts the mundane as the iconic, creating a series of prose poems that encapsulate seven...

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THE CULTURAL TOOL
Written by DANIEL L. EVERETT

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 12/11/2012

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-47380-6

For years, the prevailing opinion among academics has been that language is embedded in our genes, existing as an innate and instinctual part of us. In this bold and provocative study, linguist Daniel Everett argues that, like other tools, language was invented by humans and can be reinvented or lost. He shows how the evolution of different language forms—that is, different grammar—reflects how language is influenced by human societies and experiences, and how it expresses their great...

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HOW GENESIS PRESERVES A SCIENCE OF CONSCIOUSNESS IN GEOMETRY AND GESTURE
Written by STAN TENEN
Edited by CHARLES STEIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 392 pages

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

On Sale: 07/05/2011

Price: $44.00

ISBN: 978-1-556-43723-6

Rabbinic tradition asserts that every letter of every word of the Torah is a word in itself. Author Stan Tenen demonstrates that each letter is also a hand gesture, and it is at this level that Hebrew forms a natural universal language. All people, including children before they speak and people without sight, make natural use of these gestures.

In The Alphabet That Changed the World, Tenen examines the Hebrew text of Genesis and its relationship to the alphabet. He shows how each letter is...

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A STUDY OF THE SHORT STORY
Written by FRANK O'CONNOR

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Melville House

On Sale: 06/07/2011

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-1-935-55442-4

The legendary book about writing by the legendary writer is back!
Frank O’Connor was one of the twentieth century’s greatest short story writers, and one of Ireland’s greatest authors ever. Now, O’Connor’s influential and sought-after book on the short story is back.
THE LONELY VOICE offers a master class with the master. With his sharp wit and straightforward prose, O’Connor not only discusses the techniques and challenges of a form in which "a whole lifetime must be crowded into a few...

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A CONVERSATION ABOUT WRITING

Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 12/21/2010

Price: $9.95

ISBN: 978-1-609-80074-1

Like Shaking Hands with God details a collaborative journey on the art of writing undertaken by two distinguished writers separated by age, race, upbringing, and education, but sharing common goals and aspirations. Rarely have two writers spoken so candidly about the intersection where the lives they live meet the art they practice. That these two writers happen to be Kurt Vonnegut and Lee Stringer makes this a historic and joyous occasion.

The setting was a bookstore in New York City, the...

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SHED YOUR INHIBITIONS AND CRAFT A COMPELLING MEMOIR OR PERSONAL ESSAY
Written by ADAIR LARA

Format: Trade Paperback, 258 pages

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

On Sale: 08/31/2010

Price: $15.99

ISBN: 978-1-580-08480-2

An instructive, inspiring, and refreshingly irreverent guide that shows aspiring writers how to cast off self-doubt and concoct a stellar memoir.

The award-winning author of an autobiographical newspaper column, Adair Lara has written more than ten books, including the memoir Hold Me Close, Let Me Go. Packed with insight and humor, Naked, Drunk, and Writing is the culmination of her extensive experience as a writer, editor, and teacher. She coaches readers through all of the stages of memoir...

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