Thursday, July 21, 2011

TWO GRAMMAR GIRL BOOK SETS: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY


 GIVEAWAY ENDED
 GRAMMAR GIRL "101" SERIES

ABOUT THE BOOKS:
Grammar Girl provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing. Covering the grammar rules and word choice guidelines that can confound even the best writers, Grammar Girl makes complex grammar questions simple with memory tricks to help you recall and apply those troublesome grammar rules. Whether English is your first language or second language, Grammar Girl’s punctuation, style, and business tips will make you a better and more successful writer. To find out about all the "101" books, visit their website at (http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/staticcontent/101-series.aspx  
Mignon Fogarty is the creator and host of Grammar Girl. Grammar Girl is a Quick and Dirty Tips podcast.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
MIGNON FOGARTY, the creator of Grammar Girl and the founder of the Quick and Dirty Tips Network, is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Grammar Girl’s Quick And Dirty Tips For Better Writing and The Grammar Devotional. Her straightforward, bite-sized tips on grammar have led to features in the New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, and an appearance on Oprah. She lives in Reno, Nevada. To find out more about Grammar Girl, visit her at (http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com)

                  
101 MISUSED WORDS YOU'LL
NEVER CONFUSE AGAIN

Millions of people around the world communicate better thanks to Mignon Fogarty, aka "Grammar Girl", whose top-rated weekly grammar podcast has been downloaded more than 30 million times. After realizing her fans were asking the same questions over and over, Mignon decided to focus her attention on those words that continuously confound the masses.Grammar Girl's 101 Misused Words You'll Never Confuse Again clears up such conundrums as:

—When to use
affect and when effect is right
—Whether to say
purposely or purposefully
—What the difference is between
hilarious and hysterical

Packed with clear explanations, fun quotations showing the word used in context, and the quick and dirty memory tricks for which Mignon is known, this friendly reference guide ends the confusion once and for all and helps students speak and write with confidence.
 

MY THOUGHTS/REVIEW:
This is a eye-opening little book that you will read quickly and find yourself referring to it often. As someone who writes for others to read, I'll be first to tell you that I am not a "stickler" about word rules as author Mignon Fogarty writes about being. I write and talk the way I do and TRY to stick to the rules but often even when I grammar check, I disagree with a suggestion to an error because it "doesn't sound right to me". Favorites of mine in the book: a lot/allot and gray/grey...who knew gray is the American spelling and grey is the British (all of you knew but me? Wow!) Each word is on one page with most having a "Dirty Little Trick" at the bottom on how to remember how it is to be used. A very useful and clearly written book that I recommend keeping right by your computer!  
                     
101 WORDS EVERY HIGH SCHOOL
GRADUATE NEEDS TO KNOW
 
Millions of people around the world communicate better thanks to Mignon Fogarty, aka Grammar Girl, whose top-rated weekly grammar podcast has been downloaded more than 30 million times. Now she’s turning her attention to improving our vocabulary—one word at a time.

Not sure whether your post-high school vocabulary is up to snuff? This handy reference guide is a great starting point for ensuring you know the words that will help you impress your college professors, hold your own among your peers, write killer papers, and simply sound articulate--a skill that will benefit you for years to come.

Full of clear, straightforward definitions and fun quotations from luminaries such as J.D. Salinger and Susan B. Anthony, to characters such as Marge and Homer Simpson, this highly-useable guidebook gives you the confidence to succeed and sets you up for a lifetime of success.

MY THOUGHTS/REVIEW: 
Fogarty explains that even if you weren't taught these words in high school they help with college entrance exams and interviews. Also, using these words in your vocabulary will show you are a well educated person. By listing the words alphabetically, readers will easily find examples to show that perhaps their high school classes DIDN'T teach these words. I questioned the fact that I have an MS degree after realizing there were many I didn't know, let alone use. Again, the book is very useful and I particularly like that the example given with each on how to use the word is taken from quotations. From ad hoc to zeal, I am sure you will find words you use and those you should use. Hegemony (commonly used to describe power of one place over another), Quixote (comes from Don Quixote), and Schadenfreude (Phew! enough to just spell it) should become the "word of the day" or at the very least as a review of words you know and rarely use but should! This is also a quick read and again, I recommend keeping it near your computer!

GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO JENNIFER AND THE GOOD
FOLKS AT MACMILLAN, I HAVE TWO SETS
THAT INCLUDE BOTH BOOKS TO GIVE
AWAY TO TWO LUCKY READERS!
 
--U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY
--NO P. O. BOXES
---INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS
IN CASE YOU WIN!
--ALL COMMENTS MUST BE SEPARATE TO
 

COUNT AS MORE THAN ONE!


HOW TO ENTER:

+1 ENTRY: COMMENT ON WHAT YOU THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT YOU READ ABOVE ABOUT THE "101" BOOKS AND WHICH BOOK YOU THINK WOULD BE MOST USEFUL TO YOU
 
+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FIND INTERESTING WHEN YOU VISIT THE GRAMMAR GIRL "QUICK AND DIRTY TRICKS" WEBSITE HERE

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GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
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111 comments:

heavenisabookstore said...

Incredibly fun video. I cannot give a thing to my mother without her coming back with it highlighted in red ink fixing all the little errors I make. These would make great books for me. I can see how she would start seeing errors all over the world. My mom and I owned a stationery store for eight years and we know the names of millions of typestyles that we see everywhere.

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When I purchased Grammar girl last year, it gave me so much confidence in my writing. I was pleasantly surprised that the rules of grammar I've stuck with for the passed years have not dulled (too much) since my intense literary classes in high school. I had one of those teachers who pushed me to be a writer with substance with the dry sarcasm of Kevin Spacey. Giveaway or not, these two books WILL be a part of my grammar library.
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