Writing & Reference

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Mary Karr
Credited with sparking the current memoir explosion, Mary Karr's The Liars’ Club spent more than a year at the top of the New York Times list. She followed with two other smash bestsellers: Cherry and Lit, which were critical hits as well.
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The Elements of Style Illustrated
William Strunk Jr., E. B. White
The only style manual ever to appear on bestseller lists has explained to millions of readers the basic principles of plain English. The book's mantra—make every word tell—is still on point. Whether seventeen or seventy, this much-loved...
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I Never Metaphor I Didn't Like
A Comprehensive Compilation of History's Greatest Analogies, Metaphors, and Similes
Mardy Grothe
The murals in restaurants are on a par with the food in museums. America is an enormous frosted cupcake in the middle of millions of starving people. Critics are like pigs at the pastry cart. Describing something by relating it to another...
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Letters to a Young Poet
Rainer Maria Rilke
"…the love that consists in this: that two solitudes protect and border and greet each other." I think this book should be handed out to high school students along with free condoms and pamphlets on road safety. I think this book should be handed out...
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The Painted Word
A Treasure Chest of Remarkable Words and Their Origins
Phil Cousineau
Phil Cousineau is an award-winning writer and filmmaker, teacher and editor, independent scholar and travel leader, storyteller and TV host. His fascination with art, literature, and the history of culture has taken him from Michigan to Marrakesh...
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The Penguin Dictionary of Critical Theory
David Macey
The most up-to-date and authoritative introduction to critical theory available, this acclaimed dictionary provides an ideal overview of the full range of theories, schools of thought, and theorists. Whether it's Arendt or Woolf, object relations or...