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Proust and the Squid

by Maryanne Wolf Harper Perennial (August 01, 2017)

"Human beings were never born to read," writes Tufts University cognitive neuroscientist and child development expert Maryanne Wolf. Reading is a human invention that reflects how the brain rearranges itself...


Raising Bilingual Children

by Maritere Rodriguez Bellas Atria Books (September 02, 2014)

For most immigrant parents in America today, raising bilingual children is not a choice or a decision, but rather a way of life. Yet teaching children their parents’ native language often comes second to ensuring...


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...


The Riddle of the Labyrinth

by Margalit Fox Ecco (May 14, 2013)

In the tradition of Simon Winchester and Dava Sobel, The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code tells one of the most intriguing stories in the history of language, masterfully blending...


Art of Styling Sentences

by Ann Longknife & K.D. Sullivan Barrons Educational Series (June 20, 2012)

A must-have for any student or aspiring writer, this book reviews the fundamentals of good sentence structure: Conventions of writing style change in subtle ways with passing years—a fact that prompts the...


Watch Your Tongue

by Mark Abley Simon & Schuster (October 16, 2018)

Phrases, idioms, and clichés—why do we say the things we say? Watch Your Tongue explores weird and wonderful everyday sayings and what they reveal about us.

Do you ever wonder why you shouldn’t have a cow...


The Little Blue Book

by George Lakoff & Elisabeth Wehling Free Press (June 19, 2012)

The indispensable handbook for Democrats

Voters cast their ballots for what they believe is right, for the things that make moral sense. Yet Democrats have too often failed to use language linking their moral...


Reader, Come Home

by Maryanne Wolf Harper (August 14, 2018)

The author of the acclaimed Proust and the Squid follows up with a lively, ambitious, and deeply informative book that considers the future of the reading brain and our capacity for critical thinking, empathy,...


The Dictionary of Made-Up Languages

by Stephen D Rogers Adams Media (October 15, 2011)

Can you converse in Klingon? Ask an Elf the time of day? Greet a speaker of Esperanto? These are among the more than 100 constructed languages you'll find in this book. For each one, author Stephen D. Rogers...


Expletive Deleted

by Ruth Wajnryb Free Press (July 05, 2005)

Have we always "sworn like sailors"? Has creative cursing developed because we can't just slug people when they make us angry? And if such verbal aggression is universal, why is it that some languages (Japanese,...


Babel No More

by Michael Erard Free Press (January 10, 2012)

A “fascinating” (The Economist) dive into the world of linguistics that is “part travelogue, part science lesson, part intellectual investigation…an entertaining, informative survey of some of the most...


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...


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...


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...


In a Manner of Speaking

by Colin McNairn Skyhorse (April 28, 2015)

What do “the whole kit and caboodle,” “the whole shebang,” “the whole megillah,” “the whole enchilada,” “the whole nine yards,” “the whole box and dice,” and “the full Monty” have in common?...


By Hook Or By Crook: A Journey in Search of English

by David Crystal Harper Perennial (September 04, 2008)

A delightfully discursive, Bill Bryson-esque and personal journey through the groves and the thickets of the English language, by our foremost scholar of the history and structure of the English language.

David...