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The Grammar Lady : How to Mind Your Grammar in Print and in Person Paperback – May 23, 2001


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"...Bruder has written a gem of a book that answers the question of why grammar matters." -- Library Journal

"A chatty treatise on standard English usage...I hope a lot of people will improve their language skills..." -- Ann Pritchard, USA Today

About the Author

Mary Newton Bruder has been writing the Grammar Lady column for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Chattanooga Free Press since 1988. In 1987, she began the Grammar Hotline and now receives an average of 30 calls a day. More than 240,000 people to date have visited her award-winning website. She is also the author of several language-teaching textbooks and handbooks for teachers. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (May 23, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786884355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786884353
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,595,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20, 2001
After reading Grammar 101 by Claudia Sorsby, I decided to get a little more in-depth on the subject. I bought several more books on grammar. With the exception of this book, I've enjoyed most of them. This book was poorly organized. The author jumps around from thought to thought, rather than clearly moving from subject to subject. Her section headings don't make sense, and her writing style is annoying. The tone of the book was unpleasant. The grammar lady solicits questions on grammar through her hotline and website. In the book she makes fun of many of the callers to the hotline and complains about being overburdened by the callers. She gives examples of grammatically incorrect sentences, but fails to tell why they are incorrect. The grammar lady should change her name to the preacher lady. Too often she gets off the subject of grammar and starts to preach about education and values. For example, on numerous occassions she complains about the transformation of her neighborhood into a land of lawyers driving SUV's. This book was a downer. After reading it, I came away disliking the author. I loved the book WOE IS I by Patricia O'Conner. GRAMMAR 101, by Claudia Sorsby, gives a great introduction to the subject and refreshes the grammar terminology that most of us probably have forgotten. I am in the process of improving my grammar and writing; forgive me if this review contains some errors.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 4, 2003
This book is poorly organized and people would be better off purchasing the Chicage Manual of Style, English Grammar for Dummies or other reference book. Also, I have had the misfortune of speaking to the grammar lady, and found her to be rude, discourteous and not at all interested in helping others with grammar issues. As a professional writer, I would definitely say "Pass!"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Courtney on July 29, 2006
I purchased this book for fun as a way to brush up on my grammar and learn things that I never quite understood about usage. This is more of a cover to cover read (if you want to get everything out of it) and not a book that you want to use as a quick reference. I found it more of a "here and there" reader more than something that I could become completely enthralled in since there really isn't any order or flow to it whatsoever.

This book helps the reader to become a little more aware of grammar usage when it comes to everyday things, and it makes you realize how many things you learned incorrectly in school. There are, however, many questions drawn about usage that are left unanswered.

The author is witty and at times sarcastic with her responses to her callers and can really come off as a grammar snob. On the other hand there is a lot of personality present in her writing which makes reading about the topic more enjoyable and less like a textbook.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 28, 2002
If you cringe when you hear the word "grammar", then this is the book for you. Mary Newton Bruder has a caustic wit that made me laugh and she must have been a brilliant teacher becuase she also made me learn. I feel more confident about my language skills after reading this book and was amused. What more can you ask?
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By sheila greenspan on September 14, 2014
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Good reference book. It could be longer, though, with more words, phrases and usages.
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