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The Grammar Devotional: Daily Tips for Successful Writing from Grammar Girl (TM) (Quick & Dirty Tips) [Paperback]

by Mignon Fogarty
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Book Description

October 27, 2009 0805091653 978-0805091656 unknown

Millions of fans around the globe punctuate properly and communicate clearly thanks to Mignon Fogarty's practical and easy-to-remember advice about writing style and word usage. Her first book, Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing, hit the New York Times bestseller list, and her weekly grammar podcast has been downloaded more than 20 million times and hailed by USA Today as “authoritative but warm.”

Now, in tip-of-the-day form, Grammar Girl serves up 365 lessons on language that are sure to inspire. Filled with new, bite-size writing tips, fun quizzes and  puzzles, and efficient memory tricks, The Grammar Devotional gives you a daily dose of knowledge to improve your writing and also serves as a lasting reference you'll use for years to come.


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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for The Grammar Devotional:
 
"This book deserves to be in your collection. For a quick question or a quick review, The Grammar Devotional is great."
--The Writing Resource
 
"Every writer should have a copy of The Grammar Devotional by none-other than Grammar Girl Mignon Fogarty."
--Freelance Writing Jobs
 
Praise for Mignon Fogarty's Grammar Girl podcast:

"Fogarty walks her listeners through the sometimes-tricky subjects with a voice that is authoritative but warm. Kind of like the sixth-grade teacher you wish you had."—USA Today

"Delightfully droll . . . Grammar Girl gives clear explanations with helpful examples."—The Los Angeles Times

"Fogarty . . . sparked what you might call a worldwide, syntax-driven fiesta."—Newsday

"At the root of all her success, of course, is a true love of language and grammar."—The Arizona Republic

"Fogarty . . . has become the country’s go-to gal on grammar . . . Helpful. Smart. Funny. Fans find Grammar Girl to be all those things."—The Seattle Times

About the Author

Mignon Fogarty is the creator of Grammar Girl and the founder and managing director of Quick and Dirty Tips. Formerly a magazine writer, technical writer, and entrepreneur, she has a B.A. in English from the University of Washington in Seattle and an M.S. in biology from Stanford University. She lives in Reno, Nevada.


Product Details

  • Series: Quick & Dirty Tips
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; unknown edition (October 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805091653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805091656
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mignon Fogarty is the creator of Grammar Girl and founder of the Quick and Dirty Tips Network. A technical writer and entrepreneur, she has served as an editor and producer at a number of health and science Web sites. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Washington in Seattle and an M.S. in biology from Stanford University. She lives in Reno, Nevada.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for grammar lovers! November 23, 2009
Format:Paperback
The Grammar Devotional: Daily Tips for Successful Writing from Grammar Girl (TM) by Mignon Fogarty, the Grammar Girl herself, is a must-have for anyone who loves grammar, diction, and the simple, proper use of words. Organized like a religious devotional, the book provides readers with a grammar or writing rule, factoid, or puzzle (word scramble, crossword, etc.) for each day of the year. The tips are quick, humorous, and informative. Because the book is organized in numbered weeks (e.g., Week 1, Sunday), you can start reading it anytime without having to wait for a particular month or the first of the year.

This devotional is best suited for those who already love grammar and who crave a daily dose of Grammar Girl's wit and wisdom. I wouldn't recommend it to those looking for a style manual or a book on writing technique, because it's not organized in that way. If you're looking for that, I would recommend Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing.

This little book is so much fun that my spouse and I look forward to reading the tip to each other every day, and I plan to gift a copy to my English professor parents for Christmas!
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Style, Usefulness Uncertain April 30, 2010
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I purchased this book after discovering Mignon's "Grammar Girl" blog, in hopes of improving my writing skills. Much like the blog, the entries are on random topics. I would prefer if the progression of entries was more structured, for instance beginning with simpler, more often encountered grammar rules and building to more obscure or complicated tips. The entries are very short, which is nice for reading a small entry every day, or just browsing through. I imagine the index will also come in handy for quick checks on how to use similar words.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grammar is fun! May 9, 2010
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With wit and brevity, this book makes grammar fun! Just like a spiritual devotional, this book offers short, daily readings, usually just half a page. The book is organized by generic weeks so you're not restricted by a calendar. Rather, you can start wherever and whenever you want.

The author's love of language comes through in her content which spans from practical tips and rules to history, trivia, and games. Usually punctuation is on Mondays, Language Rock Stars on Wednesdays, quizzes and word scrambles on Fridays, word searches and puzzles on Sundays. Simple line illustrations add dry humor to the book.

The included index allows readers to search for specific content making this an valuable reference book as well.

Final Thoughts: I love it! This book offers an excellent (and easy) way to keep your mind sharp without drudging through long, boring exercises and seemingly irrelevant rules. We often forget what we once knew. This little book serves as a welcome reminder.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than OJ in the morning! March 13, 2010
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I look forward to starting my workday with Mignon. :-)

Many, many days I learn something new.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Devotional" is Perfect for College January 16, 2010
Format:Paperback
As a college student studying linguistics, I have dozens of boring grammar and style books thrust at me constantly. "The Grammar Devotional" is one that I love because it's easy and fun to read. I've listened to the podcast for a few years and the quick and dirty tips have saved me many times in college.

This book is a must-have for anyone who has to write anything.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars daily update for my writing skills and knowledge October 31, 2013
By Mitchy
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fast service
great daily reminder of writing skills you need to use in your writing (professionally and personally)
I learn something NEW each day with this little daily book information
easy to understand and understand, clear, concise
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book October 31, 2013
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Anyone who loves English and grammar will enjoy this book. I bought for granddaughter but I enjoy it as much as she does. Little tidbits of information reveals our bad habits! Great for any age in my opinion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You never as smart as you think you are October 6, 2013
By Maura
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I love this book! Fogarty has a fresh and realistic approach to English and to teaching. Finally someone points out the fact that there are still conflicting opinions (Elements of Style, Chicago Style Manual) and they are ALL ok. I teach English in Italy and her book has also given me some clever ways to explain things. I love my job, but there are times when you need a new, concise, and delightfully clever way of explaining things. This book has definitely given me a few ideas.

On a side note, this is also a great book if you've got obnoxious friends who are self-proclaimed grammar experts (You know who I mean, the ones who live to correct other people and they're usually WRONG.) Keep it handy when they're around, read a passage or two from the book, shout "boo ya! In your face!" and then proceed to do a short victory dance around the room.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great resource
I can't praise this series of books enough. I recommend them to all of my editing clients. Even we editors need handy reference books when the brain gets tired!
Published 25 days ago by Ava Louise
5.0 out of 5 stars <The Grammar Devotional> is essential for everyone who wishes to...
<The Grammar Devotional> is essential for everyone who wishes to write clearly and correctly. The author's explanations are clear and concise. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michael Sher
5.0 out of 5 stars Go to guide
Love the Grammar Devotional - a great go to for all daily grammar questions that come up at home or at work. Highly recommend!
Published 3 months ago by T. A. Gaskins
5.0 out of 5 stars Helps, a lot.
Great book. As a grammer nazi (so I've been told), even I had to refer back to this book a few times for correction (like blond vs. blonde). Read more
Published 4 months ago by Joseph Silva
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful
This is an entertaining and useful book. I bought the Kindle version, but I think the actual book would be easier to use when it comes to looking things up. Ms. Read more
Published 6 months ago by booklover
4.0 out of 5 stars I don't get to it daily,
...but when I do, it's fun and informative. I can feel my IQ rising, and I know my writing is improving.
Published 7 months ago by Diana Hirsch
5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Each Day
A little dose of grammar each day! This book is a great review of our ever-evolving English language. Love it!
Published 7 months ago by Mean Median Mode Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Little Nuggets of Grammar Wisdom
Loved this book! Similar to her podcasts, each entry is short and sweet, but full of information. Don't feel overwhelmed though! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ashley D
5.0 out of 5 stars My Before-Bed Activity
My husband and I got this book and use it as our before-bed grammar touch-up. It's well designed, well-bound, and has great content.
Published 12 months ago by Amy L. Strickland
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable TIPS
excellant in revealing the subtle overlooked and formatted in a way that makes reading it pretty interesting. What else can I say? Read more
Published 13 months ago by hodesty keeper
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