The King's English: A Guide to Modern Usage

Kingsley Amis - 1996
    More frolicsome than Fowler's Modern Usage, lighter than the Oxford English Dictionary, and brimming with the strong opinions and razor-sharp wit that made Amis so popular--and so controversial--The King's English is a must for fans and language purists.

Underqualified Advice (and Other Amusing Diversions)

Drew Hayes - 2019
    In that time, I’ve published twenty books, written hundreds of thousands of words, and made countless mistakes - most of which I like to think I’ve learned from.Underqualified Advice (and Other Amusing Diversions) is my attempt to compile those lessons and share them with others, as well as have some fun along the way. Half of the book is dedicated to detailing specifics about writing, maneuvering the industry, and keeping fiscally afloat in largely unstable waters. The other half, however, is dedicated to pure fun: essays on extremely specific topics, flash fiction, and some bits that not even I know how to classify.If this unique, hopefully entertaining, premise sounds up your alley, crack open to the first chapter and read the full breakdown. Even if you don’t particularly need the advice, we could all use an amusing diversion from time to time.

The Dean Koontz Companion

Martin H. Greenberg - 1992
    Here for the first time is a fascinating, comprehensive look at the life, career and work of this truly inventive talent - with more than 70,000 words of material from Dean Koontz himself...

Winnie-the-Pooh on Problem Solving: In Which Pooh, Piglet and friends explore How to Solve Problems so you can too

Roger E. Allen - 1995
    On the heels of the popular Winnie-the-Pooh on Management, a companion volume outlines a simple, step-by-step procedure for effective problem solving, illustrated by the characters of Winnie-the-Pooh.

The Quotable Mark Twain

Mark Twain - 1997
    A must-have for all Twain collectors, The Quotable Mark Twain is filled with his opinions about the people he knew, the places he's been, and the books he wrote, as well as more far-ranging topics, such as writers, billiards, smoking, his family, and more. The book also includes 150 illustrations taken from the original editions of Twain's publications, source citations for each quotation, an annotated bibliography, and a complete index.

David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest: A Reader's Guide

Stephen J. Burn - 2003
    The aim of the series is to give readers accessible and informative introductions to some of the most popular, most acclaimed and most influential novels of recent years - from ‘The Remains of the Day' to ‘White Teeth'. A team of contemporary fiction scholars from both sides of the Atlantic has been assembled to provide a thorough and readable analysis of each of the novels in question.

How to Good-Bye Depression: If You Constrict Anus 100 Times Everyday. Malarkey? or Effective Way?

Hiroyuki Nishigaki - 2000
    You can do so at a boring meeting or in a subway. I have known a 70-year-old man who has practiced it for 20 years. As a result, he has a good complexion and has grown 20 years younger. His eyes sparkle. He is full of vigor, happiness and joy. He has neither complained nor born a grudge under any circumstance. Furthermore, he can make #### three times in succession without drawing out. In addition, he also can have burned a strong, beautiful fire within his abdomen. It can burn out the dirty stickiness of his body, release his immaterial fiber or third attention, which has been confined to his stickiness. Then, he can shoot out his immaterial fiber or third attention to an object, concentrate on it and attain happy lucky feeling through the success of concentration. If you don't know concentration, which gives you peculiar pleasure, your life looks like hell.

Things You Need To Be Told

The Etiquette Grrls - 2001
    The Etiquette Grrls have decided that things are simply getting out of hand, and they have Taken It Upon Themselves to step in with a helpful guide to navigate the Etiquette Quandaries in your day-to-day life. They dish up advice on cohabitation, letter-writing, telephoning, traveling, grooming, drinking, dining, dating, and marriage and, it would be Terribly Rude of you not to pay attention.Who are they, you ask, to be writing such a book? The Etiquette Grrls are graduates of New England Preparatory Schools and Prestigious Colleges; they are throwers of Great Parties; they can hold their liquor; their expertise on fashion and make-up and—especially Subversive Nail Polish colors-knows no bounds; they wear Doc Martens with their cashmere twin sets; and, most important, they know what they're talking about.The Etiquette Grrls' advice has been featured in Ladies Home Journal, Chicago Sun-Times, and Business Week Online.

The Everything Kids' Giant Book of Jokes, Riddles, and Brain Teasers

Michael Dahl - 2010
    Who's there?What do you get when you . . . ?As kids guess the answers, they're sure to get the giggles! With this book, little ones will look forward to sharing the jokes with parents, teachers, and siblings--and even coming up with some variations of their own! In addition to hundreds of rib-tickling jokes, readers will love: Head-scratching brain teasers Punny knock-knock jokes Hysterical puzzles Ridiculous riddles And much, much more! Amid the jokes, kids also find information on how to deliver the perfect punch line and how their favorite comics got started telling jokes. Every budding comic needs a little help getting started, and this book is the perfect go-to for getting laughs!

Screw You Dolores

Sarah-Kate Lynch - 2014
    She started with great expectations by shopping for shoes in Paris, attempted to build her character by going solo, counted her friends on the fingers of both hands, remembered a dodgy handshake with Hugh Jackman, joined a laughing yoga group in Mumbai, drank too much rosé and ate too much salt.By the end of the year she was, much to her own surprise, in possession of a clean bill of health and the secret to happiness. No, not THE SECRET. That’s not even a secret anymore. Another one, which is also now no longer a secret because in the endearing, hilarious Screw You Dolores, she shares it with you.

1000 Ultimate Experiences

Andrew Bain - 2009
    1000 Ultimate Experiences brings together 1,000 ideas, places and activities sure to inspire and entertain. Want to know where to discover a spectacular tropical paradise How about journeying to the worlds greatest natural wonders, or taking the road trip of a lifetime Make your own list, hit the road, and start ticking off places youve always wanted to see and things youve always wanted to do. Who knows where youll end up! The 1,000 Ultimate Experiences Travel Guide features: Sleep under the stars in a Bedouin tent in Jordan Find out the best beaches to swing a hammock Jump on board the Ghan for a trip through Australias remote Red Center Spot Banksys art in Bristol Come on, get happy in Bhutan Dimensions: 8"L x 5"W x 1"H Weight: 1 lb.EAN: 8580001195940

The Turtle Moves!: Discworld's Story Unauthorized

Lawrence Watt-Evans - 2008
    Now, in The Turtle Moves!, Lawrence Watt-Evans presents a story-by-story history of Discworld’s evolution as well as essays on Pratchett’s place in literary canon, the nature of the Disc itself, and the causes and results of the Discworld phenomenon, all refreshingly free of literary jargon littered with informative footnotes.Part breezy reference guide, part droll commentary, The Turtle Moves! will enlighten and entertain every Pratchett reader, from the casual browser to the most devout of Discworld’s fans.

Writers at Work: The Paris Review Interviews, First Series

Malcolm Cowley - 1959
    Forster, Joyce Cary, Dorothy Parker, James Thurber, Thorton Wilder, William Faulkner, Georges Simenon, Frank O'Connor, Robert Penn Warren, Alberto Moravia, Nelson Algren, Angus Wilson, William Styron, Truman Capote, Francoise Fagan.

The Quotable A**hole: More than 1,200 Bitter Barbs, Cutting Comments, and Caustic Comebacks for Aspiring and Armchair A**holes Alike

Eric Grzymkowski - 2011
    Here, you'll find more than 1,200 of the most biting quotes, comments, and comebacks ever uttered, including: "I would like to take you seriously, but to do so would be an affront to your intelligence." --George Bernard Shaw "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." --Albert Einstein "If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you." --Muhammed Ali You won't just find quotes from typical a**holes like Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin, and Mark Twain, either. You'll also see what happens when practically perfect folks like Walt Disney, Mahatma Ghandi, and Audrey Hepburn lose their cool.So embrace your dark side and get ready to enjoy every over-confident, over-blown, over-the-top a**hole comment you'll ever need.

Yes, I Could Care Less: How to Be a Language Snob Without Being a Jerk

Bill Walsh - 2013
    His first of the day was a small businessman, followed by a high schoolteacher.""Betty was 100% percent wrong." Pat yourself on the back if you found issues in every one of these sentences, but remember: There is a world out there beyond the stylebooks, beyond Strunk and White, beyond Lynne Truss and Failblogs. Part usage manual, part confessional and part manifesto, Yes, I Could Care Less bounces from sadomasochism to weather geekery, Top Chef to Monty Python. It is a lively and often personal look at one man’s continuing journey through the obstacle course that some refer to, far too simply, as “grammar.”