- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 1 edition (July 27, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 158008740X
- ISBN-13: 978-1580087407
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 117 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences: A Writer's Guide to Crafting Killer Sentences 1st Edition
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“an editor and grammar columnist’s funny but no-nonsense guide to better writing.” —St. Petersburg Times
“Great writing starts with strong sentences. This is your guidebook to mastering the art.”
—DONALD MAASS, literary agent and author of The Fire in Fiction
“June mixes sassy fun with practical advice. You’ll laugh all the way to writing better.”
—MIGNON FOGARTY, author of Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
“It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences is that incredibly rare breed of book: a guide to grammar and style that is simultaneously smart, engaging, and instructive. By tackling prose composition on a sentence-by-sentence level, June Casagrande has found a way to provide intensely practical advice for the novice writer—not to mention unexpected insights for the expert writer. It would make a welcome addition to any language lover’s library.”
—ELIZABETH LITTLE, author of Biting the Wax Tadpole
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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I liked her sense of humor, but I hated her strong feelings against using semicolons (even though she gave an example with a semicolon in it. It's the one about an elephant). Personally, I love the semicolon; I have no intention of omitting it!
This is definitely a book you will refer to time after time.
It was the best of sentences, it was the worst of sentences, focuses on workable sentences only, and is a very handy little book to reach for while engaged in any writing.
Dr. Ananth Sundara-Rajan
Author of "The Correspondence of Pedro Pacheko"