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ON THE CREATION OF THE ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA'S CELEBRATED ELEVENTH EDITION, 1910-1911
Written by DENIS BOYLES

Format: Hardcover, 464 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 06/07/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-26917-1

The publication of the Eleventh Edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica in 1911 marked the last stand of the Enlightenment and a turbulent end to an era. The Eleventh Edition summed up the high point of optimism and belief in human progress that dominated Anglo-Saxon thought from the time of the Enlightenment.

Eagerly embraced by hundreds of thousands of middle-class Americans, the Eleventh Edition was read as a twenty-nine-volume anthology of some of the best essays written in English. Among...

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THE PRACTICE OF A WRITING LIFE
Written by ROBERT BENSON

Format: Hardcover, 192 pages

Publisher: WaterBrook

On Sale: 07/15/2014

Price: $14.99

ISBN: 978-1-400-07435-8

A combination of advice and inspiration, Dancing on the Head of a Pen will challenge and encourage writers, artists, musicians, painters—anyone drawn to a life of artistic expression. Digging deeply into his own writing habits, failures, and successes, author Robert Benson inspires, encourages, and instructs readers who find themselves at the intersection of creativity and faith. Including wisdom from writers past and present, Dancing on the Head of a Pen is a mosaic of inspiration,...

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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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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 VERLYN KLINKENBORG

Format: Hardcover, 224 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 08/07/2012

Price: $22.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-26634-7

Most of what you think you know about writing is useless. It’s the harmful debris of your education—a mixture of half-truths, myths, and false assumptions that prevents you from writing well. Drawing on years of experience as a writer and teacher of writing, Verlyn Klinkenborg offers an approach to writing that will change the way you work and think. There is no gospel, no orthodoxy, no dogma in this book. What you’ll find here isn’t the way to write. Instead, you’ll find a way to clear your...

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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO COMIC BOOKS, GRAPHIC NOVELS AND MANGA
Foreword by TERRY GILLIAM
Edited by PAUL GRAVETT

Format: Hardcover, 960 pages

Publisher: Universe

On Sale: 10/25/2011

Price: $36.95

ISBN: 978-0-789-32271-5

Over the centuries, comic books and their offshoots, such as graphic novels, manga, and bandes dessinées, have evolved into a phenomenally popular, influential, and unique art form with which we can express our opinions, our fantasies, our nightmares, and our dreams. In short: comics are emphatically no longer just for kids. This diverse, constantly evolving medium is truly coming into its own in the 21st century, from Hollywood’s blockbuster adaptations of super-powered caped crusaders to...

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A FIENDISHLY CLEVER GUIDE TO CRAFTING THE LINES THAT GET LAUGHS, GO VIRAL, AND LIVE FOREVER
Written by JAY HEINRICHS

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: Three Rivers Press

On Sale: 10/04/2011

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-71636-1

In Word Hero, Jay Heinrichs rescues the how-to of verbal artistry from staid textbooks and makes it entirely fresh and engaging. Here, there are no dry, abstract ideas hidden in academic jargon. Rather, Heinrichs brilliantly reveals mechanisms that make powerful language work.

Students will learn how to choose words strategically and draw indelible verbal pictures by employing such tools as "crashing symbols," "rapid repeaters," "Russian Dolls," and even the powers of Mr. Potato Head. With...

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DISCOVERING THE COURAGE TO FREE YOUR TRUE VOICE
Written by LARAINE HERRING

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages

Publisher: Shambhala

On Sale: 07/20/2010

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-30796-0

All writers are faced at some point with feelings of self-consciousness and self-doubt about their work. In this invaluable guide, Laraine Herring offers advice to writers who want to become more comfortable with their writing, face their inhibitions, and gain the confidence to release their true voice. Utilizing the breath, a vigorous movement practice designed to break up stagnation with the body and the mind, and writing exercises aimed both at self-exploration and developing...

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EMBODYING YOUR AUTHENTIC VOICE
Written by LARAINE HERRING

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages

Publisher: Shambhala

On Sale: 09/11/2007

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-30473-0

Laraine Herring’s distinctive new approach to the writing craft provides a welcome jump-start for new writers—and will open up a whole world of creativity for people who may not have considered themselves writers before—while also providing keen insights into the craft for seasoned writers. Her secret is to move the focus of the writing process out of the mind and into the body—particularly the breath—to give writers access to that place in themselves where body, mind, and spirit are one....

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THE SURPRISING ORIGINS AND ASTONISHING SECRETS OF ENGLISH SPELLING
Written by JAMES ESSINGER

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Delta

On Sale: 05/01/2007

Price: $13.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-34084-7

Welcome to the illogical, idiosyncratic, outrageous linguistic phenomenon known as the English language. The story of how this ragtag collection of words evolved is a winding tale replete with intriguing accidents and bizarre twists of fate. In this insightful and luminous book, James Essinger unlocks the mysteries that have confounded linguists and scholars for millennia.

From the sophisticated writing systems of the ancient Sumerians through the tongue twisters of Middle English, the...

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A CREATIVE APPROACH TO TELEVISION SCRIPTS
Written by ELLEN SANDLER

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Delta

On Sale: 03/27/2007

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-34050-2

Why is TV writing different from any other kind of writing? How will writing a spec script open doors? What do I have to do to get a job writing for TV? Writing for television is a business. And, like any business, there are proven strategies for success. In this unique hands-on guide, television writer and producer Ellen Sandler shares the trade secrets she learned while writing for hit shows like Everybody Loves Raymond and Coach. She offers concrete advice on everything from finding a...

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UPDATED AND EXPANDED 3RD EDITION, IN DICTIONARY FORM
Written by BARBARA ANN KIPFER

Format: Trade Paperback, 976 pages

Publisher: Delta

On Sale: 06/14/2005

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-33895-0

Combining scholarly authority with a new awareness of today’s communication demands, Roget’s 21st Century Thesaurus is the simple, reliable way to find the perfect word for your needs. It features an easy-to-use dictionary format plus a revolutionary Concept Index that arranges words by idea, thus enhancing the user’s process of association and leading to scores of additional selections. The inclusion of a wide spectrum of words and phrases with each entry–from sophisticated choices to...

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