Tuesday, September 7, 2010

{Cool for School} The Glamour of Grammar: A Guide To The Magic And Mystery Of Practical English


by Roy Peter Clark
isbn 9780316027915
Pub. Date 8/16/10

Description: Early in the history of English, the words "grammar" and "glamour" meant the same thing: the power to charm. Roy Peter Clark, author of Writing Tools, aims to put the glamour back in grammar with this fun, engaging alternative to stuffy instructionals. In this practical guide, readers will learn everything from the different parts of speech to why effective writers prefer concrete nouns and active verbs. THE GLAMOUR OF GRAMMAR gives readers all the tools they need to"live inside the language"--to take advantage of grammar to perfect their use of English, to instill meaning, and to charm through their writing. With this indispensable book, readers will come to see just how glamorous grammar can be.

When I saw this book, I wasn't sure if I would like it but went ahead and requested it for review anyway since I thought it would fit in nicely with my Cool for School reviews. I was pleasantly surprised to find that The Glamour of Grammar was a very quick, and interesting read. Each chapter tackles a different grammar or writing subject, along with examples and highlights to guide you through. I didn't feel the urge to let my mind wander into a daydream like I did in High School English class, and I think this book would be a useful addition for anyone struggling with, or simply wanting to improve their writing skills. I will admit that I did skip through some chapters in order to speed up my review, but can see myself going back to this book whenever I am not sure if I am using the proper punctuation or meaning in my writing.

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