The Writer’s Bookshelf: Recommended References and Writing Resources (Episode 20: Discussing “The Best Punctuation Book, Period” by June Casagrande)

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For our final bonus episode of The Writer’s Bookshelf, Season One, we cover one of the best punctuation books available, The Best Punctuation Book, Period: A Comprehensive Guide for Every Writer, Editor, Student, and Businessperson. Basically, as the title implies, everyone who writes is included here. If you have a keyboard, typewriter, pen, pencil, or bleeding finger, then you have a need for this book and its contents of wisdom about not one, not two, not three, but four methods of tackling punctuation.

Yes, if you need an all-purpose book for teaching you how to properly use periods, commas, quotation marks, em dashes, colons, combinations of punctuation types, and even standards on spelling for publication (whether you’re writing for academics (MLA equivalent), science (APA equivalent), books (Chicago equivalent), or journalism (AP equivalent)), and you want your questions easily answered by chapter explanations or quick-reference charts, then this book is for you, and this video explains what you’re in for.

The only punctuation it doesn’t cover, as far as I remember, is the interrobang. Maybe if there’s ever a second edition!?

Next week, I’ll reiterate all 20 books from this season and its bonuses and give you a recommended reading order if you are still playing catch up. Then the following week, we’ll begin Season 2 with a classic from Steven Pressfield.

Make sure you come back.

The Best Punctuation Book, Period: A Comprehensive Guide for Every Writer, Editor, Student, and Businessperson

by June Casagrande

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Amazon Metadata:

·  Paperback: 256 pages

·  ISBN-10: 9781607744931

·  ISBN-13: 978-1607744931

·  Publisher: Ten Speed Press; First Edition (April 15, 2014)

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The Writer’s Bookshelf: Recommended References and Writing Resources (Episode 19: Discussing “Eats, Shoots & Leaves” by Lynne Truss)

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When was the last time an errant panda showed up at your door, ate your food, then shot you, then left? If your answer is anything other than “never,” then you’ve got problems and I’m pretty sure the word “2020” is somehow linked to your response. But if you’re in the top 99.infinity% of people who likely haven’t had that experience, then you’re probably grateful for the positioning of commas and other punctuation that avoids communicating a lie about pandas’ criminal behavior and instead clarifies what they actually do, which is to eat shoots and leaves (the green kind).

Welcome back to this month’s bonus episode of The Writer’s Bookshelf. This time we’re covering Lynne Truss’s comedic take on the ever-complicated comma, in a book that decomplicates commas and decriminalizes pandas, Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation.

If you’ve never read it, then this video will explain why you should. Even if the thought of reading a book about commas bores you as much as actually reading a book about commas, then never fear. Lynne Truss has clearly mastered the art of making the mundane hilarious. So, you can read this book, get a hearty laugh, and still learn something about punctuation.

Just don’t let the pandas catch you reading it. They’re up to no good.

Next week, I’ll be posting a second bonus episode for March. Stay tuned.

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

by Lynne Truss

Website

Amazon Metadata:

·  Paperback: 240 pages

·  ISBN-10: 9781592402038

·  ISBN-13: 978-1592404889

·  Publisher: Avery; Reprint edition (April 11, 2006)

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