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prolixitysquared
Posted: Thursday, April 16, 2009 7:05:16 PM
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I have just a handful of proofreading, editing, and writing books on my shelf. Here are the few I can find at the moment.

The Associated Press Guide to Punctuation (Rene J. Cappon)
The Associated Press Guide to News Writing (Rene J. Cappon)
The Associated Press Stylebook (Norm Goldstein-- editor)
Elements of Style (William Strunk Jr. & E. B. White)
The Elements of Journalism (Bill Kovach & Tom Rosenstiel)
The McGraw-Hill Desk Reference for Editors, Writers, and Proofreaders (K. D. Sullivan & Merilee Eggleston)
The Artful Edit (Susan Bell)

Some of these are more oriented for news writing, of course. But you get the idea.

I haven't actually read all of them in full. Some I have, and with others, I've read bits and pieces, or I haven't read any portion yet at all. You can just guess that I have a long list of to-read books for this lifetime !

What others are in your collection, for those of you who can relate to this kind of décor on your shelves ?


Luftmarque
Posted: Friday, April 17, 2009 1:04:17 AM

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Well, at the moment the only one I have on hand is Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog (The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences) by Kitty Burns Foley, but I'll have more when I get all my books from the barn in Indiana in May. I did stock up in Boston a few years ago.
Seeker
Posted: Friday, April 17, 2009 9:31:11 AM
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Tons - but here are a few of my most used and favorites:

The AP Stylebook and Libel Manual
The Writer's little Helper
The Writer's Brief Handbook
Flip Dictionary
Understanding the Essay
Writing To Be Read
A Treasury for Word Lovers
Approaches To the Novel
The ASJA Guide to Freelance Writing
Andy Rooney - Common Sense (I love satire)
Several Howard Zinn books


Several more shelves full - but now you've inspired me to write. I'm off..........
learner
Posted: Friday, April 17, 2009 10:00:40 AM
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Do you have the PDF version of the books?
fred
Posted: Friday, April 17, 2009 10:11:48 AM
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All mine are out of print from the 30's and 40's, best.
cavarden
Posted: Friday, April 17, 2009 12:04:23 PM
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One I have and like very much is Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss. Not exactly a how-to handbook, but extremely witty on punctuation.
prolixitysquared
Posted: Friday, April 17, 2009 10:08:35 PM
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cavarden wrote:
One I have and like very much is Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss. Not exactly a how-to handbook, but extremely witty on punctuation.


Oh, I forgot about that book ! I have it on a different shelf in my spare bedroom. I have only read a short part in the beginning but would love to finish it sometime. I am getting so bad about finishing books lately.
Drew
Posted: Saturday, April 18, 2009 11:10:21 AM
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2008 Associated Press Stylebook
New York Times Manual of Style and Usage (1999)
Elements of Style (Strunk and White)
The Associated Press Guide to Punctuation (Rene J. Cappon)
The Associated Press Guide to News Writing (Rene J. Cappon)

The AP Stylebook is a great reference book for news writing, and the two books by Cappon are definite keepers as well. I did not have much hope of being entertained by a book about punctuation, but Cappon's style of writing is very light and accessible, without losing much in the way of useful information.
risadr
Posted: Friday, April 24, 2009 10:37:13 AM
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I have every intention of buying a copy of Eats, Shoots & Leaves, but at the moment the only writing guide that I have is a copy of the MLA Handbook, from when I was in college. And I don't even have that in my possession: it's in a box in upstate New York.
prolixitysquared
Posted: Friday, April 24, 2009 9:29:32 PM
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risadr wrote:
I have every intention of buying a copy of Eats, Shoots & Leaves, but at the moment the only writing guide that I have is a copy of the MLA Handbook, from when I was in college. And I don't even have that in my possession: it's in a box in upstate New York.


At least in one edition of Eats, Shoots, & Leaves, there are fun punctuation stickers and possibly panda stickers ? That should be somewhat motivating for buying the book. I feel like such a bum for owning it and not having read it in full yet, but my schedule is a bit hectic.
krmiller
Posted: Saturday, April 25, 2009 10:52:21 PM
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I have an MLA handbook... oh, it's called A Writer's Reference. I think there's a Strunk & White and some other older books in my house somewhere, though not in my personal possession. I love Eats, Shoots, & Leaves--I wish I had my own copy!
prolixitysquared
Posted: Saturday, April 25, 2009 10:55:33 PM
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krmiller wrote:
I have an MLA handbook... oh, it's called A Writer's Reference. I think there's a Strunk & White and some other older books in my house somewhere, though not in my personal possession. I love Eats, Shoots, & Leaves--I wish I had my own copy!


As I said to someone else earlier, if you are a stickler for stickers, purchasing the book for the punctuation and panda stickers should be a nudge-nudge to finally buy it ! Plus, going through it (from what I read so far...), you just keep nodding your head going, "ah huh, a huh !" to all the examples she gives of bad grammar incidences in society. That is assuming that you can handle the punctuation on the outside of quotation marks, since it's in the British style. That was a bit of a throw-off to me during the last time I read part of it. I really need to read it in full already.
kaliedel
Posted: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 4:26:12 PM
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In addition to an MLA handbook, I used to have an extremely beat-up copy of Writer's Inc, which got me through high school and most of college.
Luftmarque
Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 6:39:18 PM

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At long last I am unpacking my books, most of which have been in boxes for three years. Between the ones my ex-wife had for her coursework in Applied Linguistics and the ones I bought in lieu of doing the assignments for my course in TESL at the Boston Language Institute Whistle I seem to have quite the little library of language theory, history, grammar, writing, and what-not. Once they're again up on shelves I'll do a survey and post here again.

Seeing these (and my collections of graphic novels, comics [including a complete Calvin & Hobbes!] and WWII books) is like being reunited with friends. The programming books will probably not stay though.
Kat
Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 9:17:01 PM
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Well, I may be booted out of the forum for this, but the only one
I can have/want to have /and do have, from time to time, is from my local
library...
"Escaping Into The Open; The Art Of Writing True" by Elizabeth Berg.
I absolutely love every book she writes...the last one being,
"We Are All Welcome Here". I'm on the waiting list for "Home Safe".
Winston Smith
Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 9:35:27 PM
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Seeker wrote:
Tons - but here are a few of my most used and favorites:

The AP Stylebook and Libel Manual
The Writer's little Helper
The Writer's Brief Handbook
Flip Dictionary
Understanding the Essay
Writing To Be Read
A Treasury for Word Lovers
Approaches To the Novel
The ASJA Guide to Freelance Writing
Andy Rooney - Common Sense (I love satire)
Several Howard Zinn books


Several more shelves full - but now you've inspired me to write. I'm off..........





Funny,but I am sure none of my favourite writers : Joyce, Dostoievsky, Cortazar, Hemingway, Clarice Lispector, Melville etc needed any "how to" manuals in order to write.
Borges used to say when asked about how to write: "Just read and write"
Kat
Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 11:04:51 PM
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Winston Smith wrote:
Seeker wrote:
Tons - but here are a few of my most used and favorites:

The AP Stylebook and Libel Manual
The Writer's little Helper
The Writer's Brief Handbook
Flip Dictionary
Understanding the Essay
Writing To Be Read
A Treasury for Word Lovers
Approaches To the Novel
The ASJA Guide to Freelance Writing
Andy Rooney - Common Sense (I love satire)
Several Howard Zinn books


Several more shelves full - but now you've inspired me to write. I'm off..........





Funny,but I am sure none of my favourite writers : Joyce, Dostoievsky, Cortazar, Hemingway, Clarice Lispector, Melville etc needed any "how to" manuals in order to write.
Borges used to say when asked about how to write: "Just read and write"




Thank You Winston Smith




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