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The Maeve Binchy Writers' Club

Written by Maeve Binchy


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 9, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47385-1 (0-307-47385-6)

“The most important thing to realize is that everyone is capable of telling a story.” –Maeve Binchy

If you scribble story ideas on the backs of receipts…
If you file away bits of overheard conversation from the coffee shop...
If you’ve already chosen the perfect pen name...
Well, then the journey has begun!... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Instant Synonyms and Antonyms

Written by Varner Bolander
Contribution by Pine Bolander


Format: Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: July 1, 1990
Price: $7.50
ISBN: 978-0-440-20536-4 (0-440-20536-0)

The right word for excellence in expression. This pocket-size reference work is much simpler and faster to use than heavy, unwieldy synonym dictionaries or the traditional thesaurus.

For students who must choose their words well -- with impact, variety, and clarity -- this concise, authoritative listing of 5,100 main word entries provides... Read more >

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Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words
A Writer's Guide to Getting It Right
Written by Bill Bryson


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 14, 2004
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1043-9 (0-7679-1043-5)

As a copy editor for the London Times in the early 1980s, Bill Bryson felt keenly the lack of an easy-to-consult, authoritative guide to avoiding the traps and snares in English, and so he brashly suggested to a publisher that he should write one.

Now, a decade and a half later, revised... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences
A Writer's Guide to Crafting Killer Sentences
Written by June Casagrande


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
On Sale: July 27, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-58008-740-7 (1-58008-740-X)

This new, innovative writing book from grammar columnist June Casagrande focuses on the sentence as the unit of meaning in writing, showing writing students and professional writers alike how to craft bold, effective, reader-serving sentences.

CONTENTS
Introduction The Sentence: The Writer’s Most Important Tool
Ch. 1  Who Cares? Making Sentences Meaningful to Your Reader
Ch... Read more >
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Random House Webster's Concise American Sign Language Dictionary

Written by Elaine Costello, Ph.D.
Illustrated by Lois Lenderman, Paul M. Setzer and Linda C. Tom


Format: Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: January 2, 2002
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-58474-5 (0-553-58474-X)

A complete pocket dictionary of American Sign Language

Over 4,500 fully illustrated, up-to-date signs

From basic hand shapes to fully illustrated and described signs, Random House Webster’s Concise American Sign Language Dictionary offers a comprehensive and up-to-date treasury of signs. Whether you are a novice seeking “survival signs” for basic communication or an... Read more >

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Signing
How To Speak With YOur Hands
Written by Elaine Costello, Ph.D.


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: August 1, 1995
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37539-8 (0-553-37539-3)

American Sign Language is a wonderful silent language of hands, face, and body that is rich with nuance, emotion, and grace. Bantam is proud to present the newly revised Signing : How To Speak With Your Hands, a comprehensive and easy-to-use guide that has long been the invaluable and definitive guide... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Great Typo Hunt
Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time
Written by Jeff Deck and Benjamin D. Herson


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-59108-1 (0-307-59108-5)

The Great Typo Hunt is a humorous, insightful tale of adventure, misplaced apostrophes, and the open road. It describes how the authors took a two-and-a-half month drive around the United States to fix typos in public signage, toting an arsenal of typo correction that included markers, Wite-Out, and chalk–and how they... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Spellbound
The Surprising Origins and Astonishing Secrets of English Spelling
Written by James Essinger


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: May 1, 2007
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-34084-7 (0-385-34084-2)

Welcome to the illogical, idiosyncratic, outrageous linguistic phenomenon known as the English language. The story of how this ragtag collection of words evolved is a winding tale replete with intriguing accidents and bizarre twists of fate. In this insightful and luminous book, James Essinger unlocks the mysteries that have confounded linguists... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Pen Commandments

Written by Steven Frank


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 14, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3229-7 (1-4000-3229-6)

Thou Shalt Honor Thy Reader, Thou Shalt Not Waste Words, Thou Shalt Not Kill Thy Sentences—these are three of the “pen” commandments through which, with humor and an engaging sense of purpose, Steven Frank inspires his readers not just to write but to write well.

Thou Shalt Take Pleasure in Thy Pen... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Thunder and Lightning
Cracking Open the Writer's Craft
Written by Natalie Goldberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: October 30, 2001
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37496-4 (0-553-37496-6)

In this long-awaited sequel to her bestselling books Writing Down the Bones and Wild Mind, Natalie Goldberg takes us to the next step in the writing process: turning our flashes of inspiration—the thunder and lightning of creation—into a polished piece of work.

You've filled your notebooks, done your writing practice, discovered your... Read more >

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The Deluxe Transitive Vampire
A Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager and the Doomed
Written by Karen Elizabeth Gordon


Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: August 10, 1993
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-41860-3 (0-679-41860-1)

Here now is an enlarged version of the only handbook of grammar you will ever want to read. With this special edition, Gordon gives the reader more illustrations and even more examples of confusing appositives, the many uses of gerunds, the complicated matter of agreements. The Deluxe Transitive Vampire includes such... Read more >

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A Writer's Coach
The Complete Guide to Writing Strategies That Work
Written by Jack R. Hart


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 14, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7869-1 (1-4000-7869-5)

Mystified over misplaced modifiers? In a trance from intransitive verbs? Paralyzed from using the passive voice? To aid writers, from beginners to professionals, legendary writing coach Jack Hart presents a comprehensive, practical, step-by-step approach to the writing process. He shares his techniques for composing and sustaining powerful writing and demonstrates how... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Word Hero
A Fiendishly Clever Guide to Crafting the Lines that Get Laughs, Go Viral, and Live Forever
Written by Jay Heinrichs


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-71636-1 (0-307-71636-8)

In Word Hero, Jay Heinrichs rescues the how-to of verbal artistry from staid textbooks and makes it entirely fresh and engaging. Here, there are no dry, abstract ideas hidden in academic jargon. Rather, Heinrichs brilliantly reveals mechanisms that make powerful language work.

Students will learn how to choose words strategically and draw... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The American Heritage Thesaurus, First Edition

Written by Houghton Mifflin Company


Format: Paperback, 720 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: June 14, 2005
Price: $5.99
ISBN: 978-0-440-24254-3 (0-440-24254-1)

FINDING THE RIGHT WORD HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER…WITH THE ULTIMATE SOURCE FOR TODAY’S STUDENTS, WRITERS, READERS, AND COMMUNICATORS

From the editors of America’s favorite dictionary comes the definitive reference for meeting today’s challenging communication demands. Remarkably easy to use and completely up-to-date, The American Heritage® Thesaurus is an essential resource for finding... Read more >

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Naming the World
And Other Exercises for the Creative Writer
Edited by Bret Anthony Johnston


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 8, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7548-2 (0-8129-7548-0)

You already have the tools to become a gifted writer; what you need is the spark. Harvard creative writing professor and acclaimed author Bret Anthony Johnston brings you an irresistible interactive guide to the craft of narrative writing. From developing characters to building conflict, from mastering dialogue to setting the scene... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition

Written by Barbara Ann Kipfer


Format: Trade Paperback, 976 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: June 14, 2005
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33895-0 (0-385-33895-3)

Combining scholarly authority with a new awareness of today’s communication demands, Roget’s 21st Century Thesaurus is the simple, reliable way to find the perfect word for your needs. It features an easy-to-use dictionary format plus a revolutionary Concept Index that arranges words by idea, thus enhancing the user’s process of association... Read more >
Also available as a paperback.

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Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition

Written by Barbara Ann Kipfer


Format: Paperback, 976 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: June 14, 2005
Price: $5.99
ISBN: 978-0-440-24269-7 (0-440-24269-X)

Combining scholarly authority with a new awareness of today’s communication demands, Roget’s 21st Century Thesaurus is the simple, reliable way to find the perfect word for your needs. It features an easy-to-use dictionary format plus a revolutionary Concept Index that arranges words by idea, thus enhancing the user’s process of association... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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The Modern Library Writer's Workshop
A Guide to the Craft of Fiction
Written by Stephen Koch


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 1, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75558-3 (0-375-75558-6)

Compiling wisdom and advice from such masters of the craft as Henry James, E. M. Forster, Eudora Welty, and Toni Morrison, this guide to fiction writing provides helpful observations and techniques for would-be fiction writers, covering such topics as: Beginnings; The Writing Life; Shaping the Story; Making Characters Live; Inventing Your... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Bantam Roget's Thesaurus

Written by Sidney L. Landau


Format: Paperback, 816 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: July 1, 1990
Price: $5.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-28769-1 (0-553-28769-9)

Now it's easier than ever to find just the right word - to make your writing assignment or speech sparkle, or to add new degrees of precision to your vocabulary. Here's an alphabetical listing of synonyms and antonyms, as easy to use as a dictionary, that gets words from the "tip... Read more >

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Naked, Drunk, and Writing
Shed Your Inhibitions and Craft a Compelling Memoir or Personal Essay
Written by Adair Lara


Format: Trade Paperback, 258 pages
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
On Sale: August 31, 2010
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-1-58008-480-2 (1-58008-480-X)

An instructive, inspiring, and refreshingly irreverent guide that shows aspiring writers how to cast off self-doubt and concoct a stellar memoir.

The award-winning author of an autobiographical newspaper column, Adair Lara has written more than ten books, including the memoir Hold Me Close, Let Me Go. Packed with insight and humor, Naked... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Anguished English
An Anthology of Accidental Assualts Upon Our Language
Written by Richard Lederer


Format: Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: August 5, 1989
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-440-20352-0 (0-440-20352-X)

Anguished English is a funny anthology of accidental assaults upon our language. From bloopers and blunders to Signs of the Times to Mixed Up Metaphors...from Two-Headed Headlines to Mangling Modifiers, here is an outrageous treasury of assaults upon our common language. Read more >

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More Anguished English
an Expose of Embarrassing Excruciating, and Egregious Errors in English
Written by Richard Lederer


Format: Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: September 4, 1994
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-440-21577-6 (0-440-21577-3)

"More Anguished English proves once and for all the Richard Lederer is the illegitimate offspring of H.L. Mencken and Dave Barry. Just as I always suspected, More Anguished English made me laugh so hard I cried on my pants."
--Lewis Frumkes, author of Metapunctuation. Read more >

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Bantam New College Italian/English Dictionary

Written by Robert C. Melzi


Format: Paperback, 736 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: March 1, 1984
Price: $5.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-27947-4 (0-553-27947-5)

With 736 pages and more than 70,000 entries--no other portable Italian and English paperbound dictionary offers you so much a so reasonable a price. The Bantam New College Italian & English Dictionary is the finest low-priced dictionary you can own, the most complete, the most convenient to use. Designed by foremost... Read more >

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Spunk & Bite
A Writer's Guide to Bold, Contemporary Style
Written by Arthur Plotnik


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Random House Reference
On Sale: May 8, 2007
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72227-1 (0-375-72227-0)

When too tightly leashed, writing chokes and loses its vitality. Although the rules of composition popularized in William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White’s Elements of Style have been de rigueur for decades, they won’t exactly set your writing free.

To the rescue comes Spunk & Bite, a guide to bold and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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21st Century Dictionary of Quotations

Written by Princeton Lang Inst


Format: Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: May 1, 1993
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-440-21447-2 (0-440-21447-5)

At last, an easy to use, comprehensive dictionary of quotations that contains entries from the Bible, Shakespeare, and rock'n'roll.

Inside you'll find exciting new quotations from contemporary figures including Gloria Steinem and Adrienne Rich on feminism, Faye Wattleton and Dr. Ruth Westheimer on sex, Cher on intimacy, David Henry Hwang and Steven... Read more >
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