What is the difference between “immanent” and “imminent”? what is the singular form of graffiti? what is the difference between “acute” and “chronic”? What is the former name of “Moldova”? What is the difference between a cardinal number and an ordinal number? One of the English language's most skilled writers answers these and many other questions and guides us all toward precise, mistake-free usage.
Bryson's Dictionary for Writers and Editors #ad - Covering spelling, and foreign names and phrases, hyphens, misuse, Bryson's Dictionary for Writers and Editors will be an indispensable companion for all who care enough about our language not to maul, capitalization, abbreviations, plurals, or contort it. This dictionary is an essential guide to the wonderfully disordered thing that is the English language.
Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words: A Writer's Guide to Getting It RightBroadway Books #ad - Broadway Books. One of the english language’s most skilled and beloved writers guides us all toward precise, mistake-free grammar. With some one thousand entries, prescriptive, from “a, this precise, and with a helpful glossary and guide to pronunciation, an” to “zoom, ” that feature real-world examples of questionable usage from an international array of publications, and—because it is written by Bill Bryson—often witty book belongs on the desk of every person who cares enough about the language not to maul or misuse or distort it.
This is a language where ‘cleave’ can mean to cut in half or to hold two halves together; where the simple word ‘set’ has 126 different meanings as a verb, ’ ‘freight, 58 as a noun, and 10 as a participial adjective; where if you can run fast you are moving swiftly, but if you are stuck fast you are not moving at all; and where ‘colonel, ’ ‘once, ’ and ‘ache’ are strikingly at odds with their spellings.
As a copy editor for the london times in the early 1980s, authoritative guide to avoiding the traps and snares in English, Bill Bryson felt keenly the lack of an easy-to-consult, and so he brashly suggested to a publisher that he should write one. Surprisingly, ” he proceeded to write that book—his first, the proposition was accepted, and for “a sum of money carefully gauged not to cause embarrassment or feelings of overworth, inaugurating his stellar career.
Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words: A Writer's Guide to Getting It Right #ad - Now, revised, updated, and thoroughly but not overly americanized, it has become Bryson’s Dictionary of Troublesome Words, a decade and a half later, more than ever an essential guide to the wonderfully disordered thing that is the English language. As usual bill bryson says it best: “English is a dazzlingly idiosyncratic tongue, full of quirks and irregularities that often seem willfully at odds with logic and common sense.
English And How It Got That Way - The Mother TongueWilliam Morrow Paperbacks #ad - Broadway Books. From the first descent of the larynx into the throat why you can talk but your dog can't, often uproarious story of an inadequate, to the fine lost art of swearing, Bryson tells the fascinating, second-rate tongue of peasants that developed into one of the world's largest growth industries.
With dazzling wit and astonishing insight, eccentricities, Bill Bryson—the acclaimed author of The Lost Continent—brilliantly explores the remarkable history, resilience and sheer fun of the English language. Harper Perennial.
Shakespeare Eminent Lives SeriesPerennial #ad - Harper Perennial. With a steady hand and his trademark wit, Bill Bryson sorts through this colorful muddle to reveal the man himself. His shakespeare is like no one else's—the beneficiary of Bryson's genial nature, his engaging skepticism, and a gift for storytelling unrivaled in our time. Broadway Books.
Bill bryson’s bestselling biography of william shakespeare takes the reader on an enthralling tour through Elizabethan England and the eccentricities of Shakespearean scholarship—updated with a new introduction by the author to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s deathWilliam Shakespeare, left behind nearly a million words of text, the most celebrated poet in the English language, but his biography has long been a thicket of wild supposition arranged around scant facts.
One Summer: America, 1927Anchor #ad - Harper Perennial. A chicago tribune noteworthy booka goodReads Reader's Choice The summer of 1927 began with Charles Lindbergh crossing the Atlantic. One summer America 1927. The first true “talking picture, ” Al Jolson’s The Jazz Singer, was filmed, forever changing the motion picture industry. Broadway Books.
One Summer: America, 1927 #ad - Meanwhile, babe Ruth was closing in on the home run record. All this and much, much more transpired in the year Americans attempted and accomplished outsized things—and when the twentieth century truly became the American century. In newark, new jersey, alvin “shipwreck” kelly sat atop a flagpole for twelve days, and in Chicago, the gangster Al Capone was tightening his grip on bootlegging.
One summer transforms it all into narrative nonfiction of the highest order.
Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the United StatesWilliam Morrow Paperbacks #ad - One summer America 1927. Bill bryson, bestselling author of the mother Tongue, now celebrates its magnificent offspring in the book that reveals once and for all how a dusty western hamlet with neither woods nor holly came to be known as Hollywood. Yankee doodle called his befeathered cap "Macaroni. Broadway Books.
Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the United States #ad - Harper Perennial. And exactly why Mr. William Morrow Company.
At Home: A Short History of Private LifeAnchor #ad - One summer America 1927. Broadway Books. William Morrow Company. As he takes us through the history of our modern comforts, in the paint, the pillows, Bryson demonstrates that whatever happens in the world eventually ends up in our home, the pipes, and every item of furniture. In these pages, the beloved bill bryson gives us a fascinating history of the modern home, taking us on a room-by-room tour through his own house and using each room to explore the vast history of the domestic artifacts we take for granted.
Bryson has one of the liveliest, most inquisitive minds on the planet, and his sheer prose fluency makes At Home one of the most entertaining books ever written about private life. Anchor Books. Harper Perennial.
The Body: A Guide for OccupantsDoubleday #ad - William Morrow Company. Harper Perennial. As addictive as it is comprehensive, this is Bryson at his very best, a must-read owner's manual for everybody. Bill bryson once again proves himself to be an incomparable companion as he guides us through the human body--how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and unfortunately the ways it can fail.
One summer America 1927. Broadway Books. One of the washington post's 50 most notable works of nonfiction 2019 Bill Bryson, bestselling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, takes us on a head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body. Full of extraordinary facts your body made a million red blood cells since you started reading this and irresistible Bryson-esque anecdotes, The Body will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you in particular.
The Body: A Guide for Occupants #ad - As bill bryson writes, "we pass our existence within this wobble of flesh and yet take it almost entirely for granted. The body will cure that indifference with generous doses of wondrous, compulsively readable facts and information. Anchor Books.
I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years AwayBroadway Books #ad - Delivering the brilliant comic musings that are a Bryson hallmark, I'm a Stranger Here Myself recounts his sometimes disconcerting reunion with the land of his birth. The result is a book filled with hysterical scenes of one man's attempt to reacquaint himself with his own country, but it is also an extended if at times bemused love letter to the homeland he has returned to after twenty years away.
I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away #ad - A classic from the new york Times bestselling author of A Walk in the Woods and The Body. After living in britain for two decades, bill bryson recently moved back to the United States with his English wife and four children he had read somewhere that nearly 3 million Americans believed they had been abducted by aliens—as he later put it, "it was clear my people needed me".
Broadway Books. They were greeted by a new and improved America that boasts microwave pancakes, twenty-four-hour dental-floss hotlines, and the staunch conviction that ice is not a luxury item. William Morrow Company. Broadway Books. One summer America 1927. Harper Perennial. Anchor Books.
Neither Here nor There: Travels in EuropeWilliam Morrow Paperbacks #ad - Twenty years later, he decided to retrace his journey. In the early seventies, beer, Bill Bryson backpacked across Europe—in search of enlightenment, and women. One summer America 1927. Harper Perennial. William Morrow Company. The result is the affectionate and riotously funny Neither Here Nor There. He was accompanied by an unforgettable sidekick named Stephen Katz who will be gloriously familiar to readers of Bryson's A Walk in the Woods.
Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe #ad - Broadway Books. Anchor Books. Broadway Books. Harper Perennial.
Notes From A Big Country: Journey into the American Dream BrysonBlack Swan #ad - Broadway Books. And returned to live in the country he had left as a youth. Of course there were things bryson missed about blighty but any sense of loss was countered by the joy of rediscovering some of the forgotten treasures of his childhood: the glories of a New England autumn; the pleasingly comical sight of oneself in shorts; and motel rooms where you can generally count on being awakened in the night by a piercing shriek and the sound of a female voice pleading, 'Put the gun down, Vinnie, I'll do anything you say.
Whether discussing the strange appeal of breakfast pizza or the jaw-slackening direness of American TV, Bill Bryson brings his inimitable brand of bemused wit to bear on that strangest of phenomena - the American way of life. Broadway Books. Anchor Books. One summer America 1927. Harper Perennial. Harper Perennial.
Notes From A Big Country: Journey into the American Dream Bryson #ad - . William Morrow Company. This became all too apparent when, the world's best-loved travel writer upped sticks with Mrs Bryson, after nearly two decades in England, little Jimmy et al. Bill bryson has the rare knack of being out of his depth wherever he goes - even perhaps especially in the land of his birth.