Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Glamour of Grammar (Book Review - Giveaway Closed)

As a grammar geek and aspiring writer, I was eager to read The Glamour of Grammar by Roy Peter Clark. I like this paragraph, from the Introduction:
[This] book invites you to embrace grammar in a special way, not as a set of rules but as a box of tools, strategies that will assist you in making meaning as a reader, writer, or speaker. Living inside the language requires a grammar of purpose, a grammar of effect, a grammar of intent. This type of grammar puts language into action. It doesn't shout at you, "No, no, no," but gives you a little push and says, "Go, go, go." This type of grammar enables us to practice the three behaviors that mark us as literate human beings: it helps us write with power, read with a critical eye, and talk about how meaning is made.
The Glamour of Grammar contains 50 articles, each with a summary of its key points.  The articles are divided into five sections:  Words, Points, Standards, Meaning, and Purpose.  It's a fun but effective way to learn--or to refresh your knowledge of--grammar and style.  However, I wish that the author had not injected political opinion and profanity into the text.  He even includes a lengthy list of synonyms for "the f-word."  Without the profanity and politics, this book would be a phenomenal resource.  As it is, I'm disappointed in it.  I realize that these inclusions will not be a problem for everyone; I wanted to point them out so that you can make your own decision.  [Edited 8/11/10 to add:  To see the author's response, please scroll down to comment 43.]

For more information about the book, visit the Hachette Book Group product page.

Win it: Thanks to Little, Brown and Company, and Hachette Book Group, one reader will win a copy of The Glamour of Grammar.

This giveaway is closed.

Here's how to enter: Just leave a comment. Super-easy! Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you. Limit 1 entry by this method. This must be done in order to qualify for extra entries.

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More details: Open to residents of USA and Canada, age 18 or older. Giveaway ends 8/18/10 at noon (Eastern time). Winner will be chosen by the random number generator at Random.org. Winner will be contacted by email and must claim the prize within 48 hours, or another winner will be chosen. No P.O. Box addresses. Void where prohibited.

Disclosure: I received an advance reading copy of the book, at no cost to me, for review purposes.

80 comments :

  1. I'm a grammar geek too. Have never entered a giveway...this is my first. :)

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  7. If that is the case, I don't need it. I still use my Elements of Style from College by E.B. White and I love http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/errors.html for words.

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  8. Would love to win this for school coming up. I need pointers!

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  17. Help, I need this for my bad grammer or grammar....

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  27. I've read a few grammar books and would certainly like to read another.

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  28. Sounds like a book worth reading. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. (krstrpp at hotmail dot com)

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  29. I would love to win this for my sister.

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  31. Thank you, so much, for calling attention to my new book, The Glamour of Grammar. I understand your concern about some of the "taboo" language in the text. In fact, there is a chapter devoted to that subject. I just want to reassure your readers that any time one of these words appears in the book, I am quoting the use from another book, a novel, a poem, a song. Because these words are used so widely in the culture, I felt a responsibility to account for them. Your comment was fair, and I respect it. -- Roy Peter Clark

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  32. Oh I could use this to help my jr high daughter with her papers.

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  37. Wow! Check out the curves on that semicolon!
    I will not mind the politics and profanity if the articles rock. Did Roy Peter Clark's opinions and section on profanity ruin it for you because you disagree or because you would prefer other examples or both?
    My high school English teacher made students who said the word "sucks" write a list of synonyms for it.

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  38. This would be very useful for me

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  39. I'm a grammar nerd and would love to read this! My email is in my google profile.

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  40. I never learned grammar in school and I struggle with it. When I was an 8th grade student teacher, I had to teach diagramming sentences. I had never done it before. topgun34er(at)hotmail(dot)com

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