Online sensation Grammar Girl makes grammar fun and easy in this New York Times bestseller
Are you stumped by split infinitives? Terrified of using “who” when a “whom” is called for? Do you avoid the words “affect” and “effect” altogether?
Grammar Girl is here to help!
Mignon Fogarty, a.k.a. Grammar Girl, is determined to wipe out bad grammar—but she’s also determined to make the process as painless as possible. A couple of years ago, she created a weekly podcast to tackle some of the most common mistakes people make while communicating. The podcasts have now been downloaded more than twenty million times, and Mignon has dispensed grammar tips on Oprah and appeared on the pages of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.
Written with the wit, warmth, and accessibility that the podcasts are known for, Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing covers the grammar rules and word-choice guidelines that can confound even the best writers. From “between vs. among” and “although vs. while” to comma splices and misplaced modifiers, Mignon offers memory tricks and clear explanations that will help readers recall and apply those troublesome grammar rules. Chock-full of tips on style, business writing, and effective e-mailing, Grammar Girl’s print debut deserves a spot on every communicator’s desk.
The full title of this book is actually Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing. I’ve known of Mignon Fogarty (aka Grammar Girl) for a long time, so I wasn’t worried about the content of this book, but I didn’t want anyone who is not familiar with her to read the title and get the wrong idea of the kinds of material I’ve been reading. :)
Other than the unfortunate sound of the title, this is a GREAT grammar and writing book. If I could choose only one grammar book to have on hand, I’d choose this one, even over Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style. It’s thorough and it’s easy (and fun) to read. Mignon’s writing style is personable, friendly, charming, relevant . . . Anymore adjectives I should throw in there?
I’m so glad I got my hands on a copy of this great book. I’ve already referenced it several times. (I can never keep the rules for “who” and “whom” straight in my head!)
A plus is that this book covers many questions that have risen in the age of the Internet regarding citing websites, capitalizing special words, and much more. I totally recommend this book to any student or writer!
I give this book 5 stars.
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About the Author
Mignon Fogarty is the creator of Grammar Girl and founder of the Quick and Dirty Tips Network. A technical writer and entrepreneur, she has served as an editor and producer at a number of health and science Web sites. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Washington in Seattle and an M.S. in biology from Stanford University. She lives in Reno, Nevada.