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Adios, Strunk and White: A Handbook for the New Academic Essay Sixth Edition Perfect Paperback – July 20, 2017
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I have recommended Adios to professional writers poets, technical writers, essayists novice writing groups, high school and college instructors, anyone who writes. Chapters like Trojan Horse, Devil s Advice, and Double Exposures outfit writers with patterns to weave their ideas into fashionable attire, leaving other essays looking frumpy and out of style in comparison. --Donna Barnard, PEDAGOGY, Duke University Press
The Hoffman's answer the question 'How can we get this concept across without the eye-glazing terminology of rhetoric handbooks?' Adios deserves a wide audience. --Art Peterson, National Writing Project, University of California Berkeley
There is a sad state of affair in the quality of many books about writing ... It isn t only that they are not especially well written they are downright boring. Adios breaks out of this unfortunate mold with spectacular style. The writing is clear, clever, and engaging. It respectfully pokes fun at established traditions while providing invaluable tools for communicating in a way that will capture the imagination of aspiring writers. --Danny Iny, author of Ordinary Miracle: Harness the Power of Writing on amazon.com
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ADIOS, STRUNK AND WHITE is to the book trade business what an independent film is to the Hollywood industrya creative, sensible approach to writing not hampered by the need to appeal to a wide audience planted with grammar nazis whose sensibilities might be offended, or an academic communitys hubris provoked by the books fearless approach to writing. In other words, this is a book that only a small, alternative press could publish, a book secretly praised by large publishing house editors who would have to pass by ADIOS to publish non-offensive, committee-voiced textbooks, reference trade books by establishment columnists, or feel-good, ego-salve books. ADIOS defies all these categories. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Beyond Style, Adios offers some great critical thinking strategies--Cliche Busting comes to mind first, since it breathes life into a powerful refutation strategy, but forces readers and writers alike to move outside of tired maxims too many soft-minds take for granted.
Having read both the 5th and 6th editions of this book, I can say that the 6th has made some needed leaps forward. The basic layout of most chapters is an explanation of a technique or idea and then a section titled "A Taste of Others" that offers some examples from professional writers and students. The 6th edition's biggest improvement on this method is the focused inclusion and analysis of professional writers' examples in the explanations sections of each chapter (while still including copious "real world" examples in the "A Taste of Others" sections).
Anyone with a creative flair, a vested interest in writing, or who loves to open up and dissect the inner workings of any discipline would get mileage out of Adios.
For the record, I've been a voracious reader for 35 years, inhaling anything from trashy to highbrow, prose to technical writing. Nothing this book advised resonated with me, nor seemed to provide a path that could result in anything like the literature I admire.
I introduced this book as a text - with a traditional grammar handbook as a supplement - last Fall, and I have seen amazing results.
My students understand what they are reading - the theory and practice behind the skills in the book.
This book is so well-written and lively and interesting, my students are reading chapters I have not even assigned just for fun and because they were curious. They actually read on their own for FUN!!!!??? How many times does that happen with a composition textbook????
What this has done so much better than a traditional 'rhetoric' or 'writing' textbook is take my students out of that second grade format of relying on a 3-point thesis/5 paragraph format and inspire them to be bolder, more lively, more exciting writers.
Of course, we cover more formulamatic-based writing, as many tasks in college and the real world rely on that 'Barney-fied' 3 point thesis format, but "Adios, Strunk and White" has shown my students how to 'kick it up a notch,' as Emeril Lagasse would say.
They have become more attentive, exciting writers because of our use of this book in the classroom, and I KNOW this book has changed the way I think about writing and the teaching of writing!