Starred Review. Former New York Times Book Review editor and linguistic expert O'Conner (Words Fail Me, You Send Me) updates her bestselling guide to grammar, an invigorating and entertaining dissection of our ever-evolving language. In this third edition, O'Conner guides readers through conversational conundrums with aplomb, filling in not only the logic behind the appropriate choice for, say, possessives, but also explaining such oddities as the spelling of restaurateur (instead of a "restauranteur"), the proper pronunciation of prix fix ("pree feeks") and a slew of mnemonic devices to help amateur grammarians keep ifs, ands and buts in check. It's these small digressions that make the book so readable, even for those with a deep-seated hatred for grammatical do-goodery. O'Conner gleefully eviscerates poor sentence construction and dangling participles, soothes verb tension and debunks the frequently intimidating semicolon with finesse. Tempered with a heavy dose of wit (reaching its nadir in her chapter on clichés), O'Conner's lively treatise is as vital as a dictionary for those who wish to be taken seriously in speech, in print or on Facebook.
Patricia T. O'Conner, a former editor at the New York Times Book Review, has written for many magazines and newspapers. She is the author of two other books on language and writing, Words Fail Me: What Everyone Who Writes Should Know About Writing and You Send Me: Getting It Right When You Write Online.
Great insight, love her humor on an otherwise dry, boring topic. I reference this more often than I do my CMoS book. Fantastic job!Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
Though this book is fairly interesting and entertaining, I was a little disappointed. I had hoped for something like the humor of "Eats, Shoots, and Leaves. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Cynthia
Love this book. Bought it for a friend after buying an earlier edition for myself years ago. While most people would find it boring, it's an interesting read for grammar geeks and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Eve in Decatur
Easy to digest, to the point, and above all: useful. My ESL students love it as well.Published 1 month ago by christie colla
I have not order this book or someone ask me to order them.Published 3 months ago by ronald e wilson
I used it to study for an English exam. It was very useful and really cleared many doubts that I didn't even know I had.Published 3 months ago by Rucha Dalvi
a good mentor for anyone whose is interested in writing and speaking appropriate USA English. I am completely support USA English as my second language in an USA adaptation... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Emily Bone