Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss

Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss: What a charming little book! With genuine affection for the subject matter and a large helping of wit, Truss methodically runs down the rules for apostrophes, periods, commas, exclamation points, question marks, dashes, quotation marks, hyphens, and brackets. If the very word “punctuation” causes you to yawn despairingly, this book is probably not for you. However, if you have even a passing interest in communicating more effectively, I heartily recommend picking up a copy. Contrary to popular belief, the purpose of punctuation is not to drive you bats, but to clarify the written word. It’s quite useful, really, as is demonstrated so well in this book. I learned a lot without ever feeling lectured to, and even laughed quite a bit.

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  1. I love this book. But then again I have a thing about punctuation, spelling and grammar.

    However, even a less obsessive reader could certainly enjoy this very well written and entertaining discourse on what is, sadly, becoming a lost skill.

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