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Patricia T. O'Conner

Patricia T. O’Conner, a former editor at The New York Times Book Review, has written four books on language and writing–the bestselling Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe’s Guide to Better English in Plain English; Words Fail Me: What Everyone Who Writes Should Know About Writing; Woe Is I Jr.: The Younger Grammarphobe’s Guide to Better English in Plain English; and You Send Me: Getting It Right When You Write Online.

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Origins of the Specious
Written by Patricia T. O'Conner and Stewart Kellerman
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | August 2010
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-7810-0 (0-8129-7810-2)

Do you cringe when a talking head pronounces “niche” as NITCH? Do you get bent out of shape when your teenager begins a sentence with “and”? Do you think British spellings are more “civilised” than the American versions? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you’re myth-informed. 

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Woe Is I
Written by Patricia T. O'Conner
Riverhead Books | Trade Paperback | July 2010
$16.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-1-57322-331-7 (1-57322-331-X)

In this new edition of Woe Is I, Patricia T. O’Conner unties the knottiest grammar tangles and displays the same lively humor that has charmed and enlightened grateful readers for years. With new chapters on spelling and punctuation, and fresh insights into the rights, wrongs, and maybes of English grammar and... Read more

Woe is I Jr.
Written by Patricia T. O'Conner, Illustrated by Tom Stiglich
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers | Hardcover | May 2007
$16.99/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-399-24331-8 (0-399-24331-3)

Shrek? Earwax-flavored jelly beans? Poems about meatballs? Who on earth would use all these to explain the rules of grammar? Must be Patricia T. O'Conner!

Just like Woe Is I, her national bestseller for adults, the junior version uses conversational language and witty, entertaining examples to show how fun and easy it... Read more