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The Best Punctuation Book, Period: A Comprehensive Guide for Every Writer, Editor, Student, and Businessperson Paperback – April 15, 2014

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Ridiculously useful. The best book on punctuation I’ve ever seen.
—Mignon Fogarty, author of Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

Invaluable reference work for professional proofreaders, editors, and writers because it is the only book that presents Chicago, AP, APA, and MLA conventions side by side. (Acronym-free translation: for each use of each punctuation mark, this book clearly explains and illustrates the practices used by book publishers, the news media, social science publications, and nonscientific academic papers and journal articles.)
—Amy Einsohn, author of The Copyeditor’s Handbook


About the Author

JUNE CASAGRANDE is the author of the weekly syndicated “A Word, Please” grammar column and a copy editor for the custom publishing department of the Los Angeles Times. She has worked as a reporter, features writer, city editor, proofreader, and copyediting instructor for UC San Diego Extension. She is the author of Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies, Mortal Syntax, and It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences. She lives in Pasadena, California, with her husband. Visit www.junecasagrande.com.

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  • ASIN : 1607744937
  • Publisher : Ten Speed Press; First Edition (April 15, 2014)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9781607744931
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1607744931
  • Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.65 x 8.17 inches
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great quick and easy resource!
By Tameka Fleming on July 30, 2020
This is a great book if you want something for a quick answer. I am a writer and although I have the Chicago Manual of Style, it is a large book with a wealth of knowledge: that doesn't mean I want to use that hefty book every time I am unsure about something. So this is a convenient companion to that Bible for writers. Casagrande's rules and recommendations are based on: The Chicago Manual of Style, Associated Press Stylebook, Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, and Webster's New World College Dictionary.
She defines punctuation marks, tells you how to use them, then gives examples for how they are used in book editing, news media and business writing, science, and academic styles.
There is a useful Appendix with great definitions and examples covering parts of speech: clauses, phrases, sentences, and sentence fragments. A Punctuation A-Z chapter which is like an index or cheat sheet for further usage examples.
Also, in case you need more evidence of how invaluable this book is, she used the help of a panel of experts. They are professional editors, copyeditors, and agents.
This is a great book to add to your home library. If it had exercises at the end of each chapter, I would have given it 5stars.
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