October 4, 2010

The Glamour of Grammar by Roy Peter Clark

Grammar isn’t usually thought of as glamorous. It did however, used to be the same word. The Glamour of Grammar by Roy Peter Clark uncovers the magic of grammar and teaches you some basics of grammar, in case you have forgotten.

Book 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.”
- The Glamour of Grammar
Read an excerpt.

My Thoughts
Grammar is not essentially something many people want to relearn. Take a peek on Facebook, Twitter, any text message, many e-mails, and any online video game, and you’ll think words like “UR” and “PLZ” are commonplace and “okay.” Well, it isn’t. Kids and teenagers who are growing up in an era of fast communication methods like this, actually end up turning in papers with such bad typos and grammars, it makes their teachers cringe.

The Glamour of Grammar hopes to help bring back the joy of grammar. For me, anything that helps people stop using text message abbreviations for everything is a good thing. This book really does teach grammar in a fun and unique way that even teenagers may crack open the book to help become better at grammar.

Even though this book, or any book for that matter, doesn’t promise to make you perfect with grammar, it does substantially help reclaim the basics. I recommend this book to everyone who needs a refresher on grammar, or knows someone who could benefit from it as well.

Thank you to the publisher of The Glamour of Grammar, Little Brown, part of the Hachette Book Group, for providing me with a copy for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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