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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A sharp, funny grammar guide they’ll actually want to read, from Random House’s longtime copy chief... [Read More]
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A sharp, funny grammar guide they’ll actually want to read, from Random House’s longtime copy chief and one of Twitter’s leading language gurus NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY O: THE OPRAH MAGAZINE AND SHELF AWARENESS “Essential (and delightful!)”—People We all write, all the time: books, blogs, emails. Lots and lots of emails. And we all want to write better. Benjamin Dreyer is here to help. As Random House’s copy chief, Dreyer has upheld the standards of the legendary publisher for more than two decades. He is beloved by authors and editors alike—not to mention his followers on social media—for deconstructing the English language with playful erudition. Now he distills everything he has learned from the myriad books he has copyedited and overseen into a useful guide not just for writers but for everyone who wants to put their best prose foot forward. As authoritative as it is amusing, Dreyer’s English offers lessons on punctuation, from the underloved semicolon to the enigmatic en dash; the rules and nonrules of grammar, including why it’s OK to begin a sentence with “And” or “But” and to confidently split an infinitive; and why it’s best to avoid the doldrums of the Wan Intensifiers and Throat Clearers, including “very,” “rather,” “of course,” and the dreaded “actually.” Dreyer will let you know whether “alright” is all right (sometimes) and even help you brush up on your spelling—though, as he notes, “The problem with mnemonic devices is that I can never remember them.” And yes: “Only godless savages eschew the series comma.” Chockful of advice, insider wisdom, and fun facts, this book will prove to be invaluable to everyone who wants to shore up their writing skills, mandatory for people who spend their time editing and shaping other people’s prose, and—perhaps best of all—an utter treat for anyone who simply revels in language. Praise for Dreyer’s English “Playful, smart, self-conscious, and personal . . . One encounters wisdom and good sense on nearly every page of Dreyer’s English.”—The Wall Street Journal “Destined to become a classic.”—The Millions “Dreyer can help you . . . with tips on punctuation and spelling. . . . Even better: He’ll entertain you while he’s at it.”—Newsday (What to Read This Week)
A thoroughly revised and updated edition of Thomas C. Foster’s classic guide—a lively and entertaining introduction to literature and... [Read More]
A thoroughly revised and updated edition of Thomas C. Foster’s classic guide—a lively and entertaining introduction to literature and literary basics, including symbols, themes and contexts, that shows you how to make your everyday reading experience more rewarding and enjoyable. While many books can be enjoyed for their basic stories, there are often deeper literary meanings interwoven in these texts. How to Read Literature Like a Professor helps us to discover those hidden truths by looking at literature with the eyes—and the literary codes-of the ultimate professional reader, the college professor. What does it mean when a literary hero is traveling along a dusty road? When he hands a drink to his companion? When he’s drenched in a sudden rain shower? Ranging from major themes to literary models, narrative devices and form, Thomas C. Foster provides us with a broad overview of literature—a world where a road leads to a quest, a shared meal may signify a communion, and rain, whether cleansing or destructive, is never just a shower-and shows us how to make our reading experience more enriching, satisfying, and fun. This revised edition includes new chapters, a new preface and epilogue, and incorporates updated teaching points that Foster has developed over the past decade.
Secrets of Infinity examines infinity as it has been studied since antiquity, beginning with the classical figures from Greece and Rome. In an... [Read More]
Secrets of Infinity examines infinity as it has been studied since antiquity, beginning with the classical figures from Greece and Rome. In an entertaining and practical way, readers will discover that infinity is not limited to the mathematical concept as represented by the symbol nor its metaphysical concept as the indefinable concept of eternity, but in fact, it resides in a variety of disciplines, a multitude of contexts and has a far-reaching influence on human existence. Secrets of Infinity organizes the 150 articles into six subject areas: Science: Henrietta Lacks -- Her death in 1951 from uterine cancer at the age 31 did not end her existence. Her doctor took a tissue sample from the tumor and developed the first continuous culture of human cells and thus the first immortal cell line in history, known as HeLa. Mathematics: Googol -- Edward Kasner (1878-1955) devised the googol to show how huge infinity is through a number so large that it is unimaginable but still not even close to infinity. Technology: TA-65 -- Recently, researchers at Sierra Sciences discovered the TA-65, which could be the chromosomal catalyst to stopping, slowing or even reversing the aging process, bringing us closer to the myth of eternal youth. Art: The Endless Stairs of the Vatican -- Little did the Vatican Museums know in 1932, when the stairs were built, that this formation could represent life itself, with the discovery of the DNA double helix chain in 1953. Philosophy: René Descartes, the Infinite and God -- According to Descartes, the idea of infinity has been imposed by a nature that is higher than human, and can only come from this nature being infinite, so he interprets that the existence of infinity confirms the existence of God. Symbology: The Labyrinth -- A labyrinth is a route made up of streets and crossroads with an ingenious and complex structure whose design variations are endless, especially in the case of the rhizome labyrinth, which has infinite ramifications. Engaging and free of jargon, Secrets of Infinity helps to demystify the elusive infinity and bring it closer to modern concepts and understanding. Thinking readers and students will find enjoyment and insight on its pages.
Have you ever wanted to dine in a water tower, explore the site of a former beaver ranch or take a scenic potty break in a mountain-top outhouse? Top... [Read More]
Have you ever wanted to dine in a water tower, explore the site of a former beaver ranch or take a scenic potty break in a mountain-top outhouse? Top 150 Unusual Things to See in Alberta is the ultimate guide for travelers looking for the quirky, unique and inspiring side of Alberta. Travel writer and author Debbie Olsen, a proud Albertan who's visited nearly every corner of the province, has assembled a list of over 150 unusual places, things to see and events that make Alberta one-of-a-kind -- from its dozens of roadside attractions and surprising landforms to its fascinating historical sites and off-beat museums. Organized into four regions -- South of Calgary, Edmonton to Calgary, the Alberta Rockies and North of Edmonton -- this guidebook takes you on a journey across the province, with lively text that sheds light on each location's interesting history, as well as maps, contact information, fact boxes and color photographs that bring the spots to life. Here are just a few of the unusual, obscure and intriguing things you'll read about: The Fort Museum, Fort Macleod: the birthplace of the RCMP Musical Ride Maggie's Diner, Tack and Feed, High River: the set of the hit TV show Heartland Donalda and District Museum, Donalda: the world's largest collection of oil lamps World Famous Gopher Hole Museum, Torrington: Alberta's first gopher museum Abraham Lake's Ice Bubbles: the world's most beautiful ice bubbles Lake Minnewanka and Minnewanka Landing: the site of Banff's sunken ghost town Fort Chipewyan Ice Road: the winter road that connects Fort McMurray to Fort Chipewyan and Fort Smith Wood Buffalo National Park's Beaver Dam: the world's largest beaver dam, which can be seen from space. The book also features themed entries, such as museums that celebrate Alberta's energy production, unusual roadside attractions, unusual bathrooms (for regular people), unusual festivals and events, and unusual foods invented in Alberta. Top 150 Unusual Things to See in Alberta is a fun and entertaining jaunt for armchair travelers and road trippers alike.
Praise for the 4th Edition: "The sights stand out for their splendor or quirkiness. Some are natural wonders, others are man-made. They might be... [Read More]
Praise for the 4th Edition: "The sights stand out for their splendor or quirkiness. Some are natural wonders, others are man-made. They might be tricky to find or perched so close that you'll wonder how you missed them." -- Toronto Star This revised and expanded edition of the classic guide to Ontario's most fascinating things offers local travelers and out-of-province visitors alike even more interesting, quirky and odd places to visit. Here are train rides, ferry trips, scenic roads and unusual natural and manmade attractions. The previous editions of this book have sold more than 100,000 copies. Author Ron Brown is an expert on the unusual. In his relentless quest to discover yet more of Ontario's rarities, Brown has traveled nearly everywhere in the province, and since this book's previous edition, he has been on the road again exploring. From the many places he's visited, he has selected 12 new unusual spots for this edition of Top 170 Unusual Things to See in Ontario: The Domes of Kingston; Ontario's Grandest City Hall North America's Dry Stone Wall Capital; The Irish Fences of Amherst Island Surprising Sarnia; an environmental success story Tribute to a Fallen Chief; The Tecumseh Monument The Tragedy of Jumbo Lighting up the Night; Niagara Falls' Newest Attraction From on High; the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate, Guelph From Bricks to Broccoli; Toronto's Evergreen Brickworks Canada's Midway; Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls Ontario's Tiniest Schoolhouse Oshawa's "Tank Museum" High Park's Rare Black Oak Savannahs. All destinations are updated with detailed maps that pinpoint every location, and the entries are grouped by general location. Thoroughly researched and written in an inviting style, Top 170 Unusual Things to See in Ontario offers fascinating stories with background, location and accompanying color photographs. Most places are easy to reach from Ontario's major population centers and border American cities and towns. For those who want to see the heart and soul of Ontario, it takes a knowledgeable guide with a passion for the unusual. Ron Brown is that guide.
We were all taught the fundamentals of writing well in school. But how do we write effectively in today's hyper-interactive world? When The Elements... [Read More]
We were all taught the fundamentals of writing well in school. But how do we write effectively in today's hyper-interactive world? When The Elements of Style and On Writing Well were published in 1959 and 1976, the internet hadn't been invented. Since then, there has been a radical transformation in how we communicate. The average American adult receives over 120 emails and over 100 text messages each day. With all this correspondence, gaining a busy reader's attention is now a competition. Todd Rogers and Jessica Lasky-Fink, both behavioral scientists, offer practical writing advice you can use today. They begin by outlining cognitive facts about how busy people read, then detail six research-backed principles for effective writing: Use fewer words, lower the reading level, use formatting judiciously, make the purpose clear for skimmers, emphasize value for readers, make responding as easy as possible.