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Shady Characters: The Secret Life Of Punctuation Symbols And Other Typographical
Shady Characters: The Secret Life Of Punctuation Symbols And Other Typographical
by Keith Houston
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun History Makes the Point about Punctuation Marks, Dec 3 2015
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A well-written and surprisingly engaging account of how and where our common punctuation marks arose and of how their use in English sentences has altered throughout the history of written English. I recommend this little volume to all comma-freaks!

Bill Casselman

Cuneiform
Cuneiform
by Irving L. Finkel
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent short intro to both the script and the languages that used cuneiform, Sept. 29 2015
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An excellent, short but comprehensive introduction to cuneiform script and the various languages that employed cuneiform, by experts in the field from The British Museum.

The French Revolution
The French Revolution
by Thomas Carlyle
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read Carlyle for His Exotic Style of English not his Knowledge of French History, Sept. 14 2015
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I bought it to revel in Carlyle's exotic English sentence structure and to wallow in and imitate his apt vocabulary choices. I had no interest in the details of The French Revolution or Carlyle's interpretation thereof. But his over-the-wall style of English can teach a writer excesses to avoid and excesses to indulge, to loll in, surfeited with rare words. He invites a sybaritic wolfing down of the succulent word hoard of English.

Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ
Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ
by Giulia Enders
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pop Book on Human Gut is Easy to Digest, Aug. 9 2015
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Compelling body science couched in lively layman terms. Excellent intro to metabolic fun of digestion.

The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads The Menu
The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads The Menu
by Dan Jurafsky
Edition: Hardcover
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1.0 out of 5 stars Beware this tedious turkey of a food book, Nov. 7 2014
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Hoping to delve into exotic etymologies in this book, instead I encountered cliche derivations and conventional food-word stories, all of which are twice-told tales.

I could not even finish this lazy compendium of stale food stories.

I got through about 30 pages until reaching my terminal burp!

Do not purchase this turkey of tedium.

Mason & Dixon: A Novel
Mason & Dixon: A Novel
by Thomas Pynchon
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pynchon Masterwork Never Gets Old, Oct. 23 2014
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Thomas Pynchon returned in this long novel but easy read to his inchoate form, as in"V" and "The Crying of Lot 44." His brilliant use of language made my read-through speedy and delightful. Who else could make explorer-surveyors Lewis and Clarke purveyors of insight and humour? A scresaming comes across the sky indeed but this time it is to announce yet again America's most talented novelist.

Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk
Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk
by Massimo Pigliucci
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not an easy read but well worth the trouble, July 24 2014
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Airy fads and pernicious fallacies in the name of God, religious nincompoops who deny Darwin and all science, nitwits who can hardly spell but who know in their hearts that climate change is a Commie plot (!): all these morons and peddlers of pseudo-scientific bulls*** are precisely revealed for the not-very-bright mental sluggards they really are. An invaluable book to gift to students attending religious high schools. Not an easy read but well worth the trouble, "Nonsense on Stilts" is a breath of the clear air of reason in a world that seems to be retreating to the mumbled hypocrisies of organized religions.

Jacob's Wound: A Search for the Spirit of Wildness
Jacob's Wound: A Search for the Spirit of Wildness
by Trevor Herriot
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisitely Written Meditation on Ecology and Spiritual Renewal in a Nature Worth Saving, June 16 2014
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I have not encountered beauty of English Canadian prose as great as Herriot in many a year's reading. He is superb. He is a God-drenched Roman Catholic mystic and I am a practical atheist. But I am now reading all his books. He teaches me how to coddle an English sentence. My spiritual uplift in reading Herriot comes not from his piety but from watching the creation and semantic deployment of our glorious language.

The Secret Language Of Doctors
The Secret Language Of Doctors
by Brian Goldman
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Making Public the Secret Slang of Doctors, June 1 2014
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The book is bracing. It is funny. It is humane. Some of Ontario doctors' secret slang is shocking, but chiefly this study of a private code within English is both critical and sympathetic. Goldman conducts a program on CBC Radio that is equally intelligent and exhilarating. Anyone with a nurse or doctor birthday upcoming should browse this book as a possible gift.

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition (CD Included)
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition (CD Included)
by Inc. Merriam-Webster
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 22.49
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Intermediate English Dictionary for high school and college students, May 17 2014
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I like best of all the clear definitions.

ONLINE ONLY: I don't like the too-widely spaced main entries on the M-W website. There is too much white space between lines and surrounding entry lines.

I DISLIKE the too terse etymologies. I want my students to know where words come from. The lexicographers who boiled down the Unabridged M-W went way too far in reducing etymological citations.

More quotes and citations from current literary and scientific writing should be included.

More of the recondite private vocabularies of sciences should be included.

In short, the Collegiate should contain more pages.

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