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.
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by June Casagrande
· Paperback: 256 pages
· ISBN-10: 9781607744931
· ISBN-13: 978-1607744931
· Publisher: Ten Speed Press; First Edition (April 15, 2014)
Check out other entries in the Writer’s Bookshelf series here.
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