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Collecting Himself: James Thurber on Writing and Writers, Humor and Himself

by Michael J. Rosen HarperCollins e-books (May 31, 2011)

James Thurber spent most of his career at the New Yorker magazine, drawing cartoons and writing essays and stories. Collecting Himself is a one-of-a-kind compilation of James Thurber's vintage writings, featuring...


I Is an Other: The Secret Life of Metaphor and How it Shapes the Way We See the World

by James Geary HarperCollins e-books (February 08, 2011)

“Sherlock Holmes could glance at a bowler hat and tell that its owner's wife had ceased to love him. In this brilliant book about metaphor James Geary is no less astonishing, as he deciphers the subtle implications...


Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print

by Renni Browne & Dave King HarperCollins e-books (June 15, 2010)

Hundreds of books have been written on the art of writing. Here at last is a book by two professional editors to teach writers the techniques of the editing trade that turn promising manuscripts into published...


Oxymoronica

by Dr. Mardy Grothe HarperCollins e-books (October 20, 2009)

ox-y-mor-on-i-ca (OK-se-mor-ON-uh-ca) noun, plural: Any variety of tantalizing, self-contradictory statements or observations that on the surface appear false or illogical, but at a deeper level are true, often...


Hot for Words

by Marina Orlova HarperCollins e-books (August 18, 2009)

Brilliant philologist and sexy YouTube sensation Marina Orlova is Hot For Words—and you will be too when you join her on a titillating journey through the origins and meanings of words and phrases. Combining...


Write Away: One Writer's Approach to the Novel

by Elizabeth George HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

Bestselling author Elizabeth George has spent years teaching writing, and in Write Away she shares her knowledge of the creative process. George combines clear, intelligent, and functional advice on fiction...


Red Herrings and White Elephants: The Origins of the Phrases We Use Everyd

by Albert Jack HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

Mad hatter . . . pie in the sky . . . egg on your face. We use these phrases every day, yet how many of us know what they really mean or where they came from?

From bringing home the bacon to leaving no stone...


A Broom of One's Own

by Nancy Peacock HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

For the twice-published novelist, reading an article about herself in the National Enquirer—under the headline "Here's One for the Books: Cleaning Lady Is an Acclaimed Author"—was more than a shock. It was...


Righting the Mother Tongue: From Olde English to Email, the Tangled Story of English Spelling

by David Wolman HarperCollins e-books (October 06, 2009)

“A funny and fact-filled look at our astoundingly inconsistent written language, from Shakespeare to spell-check.”

St. Petersburg Times

 

David Wolman explores seven hundred years of trial, error, and reform...


Word Fugitives

by Barbara Wallraff HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

Despite the many thousands of dictionary words at our disposal, our language can be dismayingly inadequate. How many times have you searched for a word that means just what you want it to but failed to find...


Who's Writing This?

by Dan Halpern HarperCollins e-books (June 30, 2009)

Who is really controlling the pen?

Editor Daniel Halpern was profoundly curious about the creative process—so he asked fifty-five world-renowned writers to briefly muse on "the fictional persona behind the...


The Language Instinct: How The Mind Creates Language

by Steven Pinker HarperCollins e-books (December 14, 2010)

The classic book on the development of human language by the world’s leading expert on language and the mind.

In this classic, the world's expert on language and mind lucidly explains everything you always...


Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate

by Eugene Ehrlich HarperCollins e-books (March 17, 2009)

Anyone looking to improve his or her vocabulary and anyone who loves words will be enthralled by this unique and impressive thesaurus that provides only the most unusual -- or is it recondite? --words for each...


Viva la Repartee

by Dr. Mardy Grothe HarperCollins e-books (March 17, 2009)

For most of us, that perfect retort or witty reply often escapes us when we need it most, only to come to mind with perfect clarity when it's too late to be useful. The twentieth-century writer Heywood Broun...


Give Me a Break

by John Stossel HarperCollins e-books (March 17, 2009)

Working as a correspondent for 20/20 and Good Morning America, John Stossel confronted dozens of scam artists: from hacks who worked out of their basements to some of America's most powerful executives and leading...


The Professor and the Madman

by Simon Winchester HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

A New York Times Notable Book  •  Now a Major Motion Picture

The Professor and the Madman is an extraordinary tale of madness, genius, and the incredible obsessions of two remarkable men that led to the...