Writers and non-writers alike will delight in this witty and engaging reading list. Each book focuses on a different aspect of writing: grammar, life as a writer, and the art of the pun. Each has its own compelling narrative and clever storytelling that will keep any reader entertained.
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
Is it possible to make grammar fun? According to British grammarian Lynne Truss, it is! Her book gives life to what adults and schoolchildren have found endlessly dull for years: punctuation. She addresses the misuses of the dash with wit and charm, comments on the much debated Oxford comma, and raises the semicolon from the literary rubbish bin. All this and more lies in one 244-page paperback volume.
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
If anyone can be called a “master” of the writing craft, it’s Stephen King. Since he has almost 50 bestsellers to his name, it’s no wonder that his part-autobiography, part-writing-guide is such an intelligent masterpiece. He mixes storytelling with advice, giving a beautiful narrative of his life along with a toolbox of writing tips. In this book, writers can learn from one of the most successful writers of all time and anyone else can simply enjoy a well-crafted autobiography.
The Pun Also Rises
This is a snappy, fun read for anyone who wants a good laugh (and has a word nerd’s sense of humor). John Pollack–former speechwriter for Bill Clinton and, more relevantly, former World Pun Champion–deals with the rise and fall of the pun, why it’s looked down upon today, and why it was so important in shaping the history of language. This is all in an attempt to raise the pun from its current status as the lowest form of humor. Pollack attempts to make the pun into so much more–and writes one thoroughly entertaining book in the process.
Enjoy reading these fun, informative books!