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Eats, Shoots & Leaves

The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

By Lynne Truss

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| Hardcover | 9781592400874

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A bona fide publishing phenomenon, Lynne Truss's now classic #1 New York Times bestseller Eats, Shoots & Leaves makes its paperback debut after selling over 3 million copies worldwide in hardcover.

We all know the basics of p Continue

A bona fide publishing phenomenon, Lynne Truss's now classic #1 New York Times bestseller Eats, Shoots & Leaves makes its paperback debut after selling over 3 million copies worldwide in hardcover.

We all know the basics of punctuation. Or do we? A look at most neighborhood signage tells a different story. Through sloppy usage and low standards on the Internet, in e-mail, and now text messages, we have made proper punctuation an endangered species.

In Eats, Shoots & Leaves, former editor Truss dares to say, in her delightfully urbane, witty, and very English way, that it is time to look at our commas and semicolons and see them as the wonderful and necessary things they are. This is a book for people who love punctuation and get upset when it is mishandled. From the invention of the question mark in the time of Charlemagne to George Orwell shunning the semicolon, this lively history makes a powerful case for the preservation of a system of printing conventions that is much too subtle to be mucked about with. BACKCOVER: Praise for Lynne Truss and Eats, Shoots & Leaves:

Eats, Shoots & Leaves “makes correct usage so cool that you have to admire Ms. Truss.”
—Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“Witty, smart, passionate.”
Los Angeles Times Book Review, Best Books Of 2004: Nonfiction

“Who knew grammar could be so much fun?”
Newsweek

“Witty and instructive. . . . Truss is an entertaining, well-read scold in a culture that could use more scolding.”
USA Today “Truss is William Safire crossed with John Cleese's Basil Fawlty.”
Entertainment Weekly

“Lynne Truss has done the English-speaking world a huge service.”
The Christian Science Monitor

“This book changed my life in small, perfect ways like learning how to make better coffee or fold an omelet. It's the perfect gift for anyone who cares about grammar and a gentle introduction for those who don't care enough.”
The Boston Sunday Globe

“Lynne Truss makes [punctuation] a joy to contemplate.”
Elle

“If Lynne Truss were Roman Catholic I'd nominate her for sainthood.” —Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes

“Truss's scholarship is impressive and never dry.”
—Edmund Morris, The New York Times Book Review

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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    An amazing little book

    For all those who get a pain n the heart every time you see a misplaced apostrophe, make this book yours.

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    Viollka said on Sep 26, 2012 | Add your feedback

  • 1 person finds this helpful

    Funny and useful

    In a funny way it taught me how to use punctuation better than more boring and informative books.

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    Ely-Baby said on May 31, 2012 | Add your feedback

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    Le Tavole della Legge di chi ha spasmi di dolore di fronte a una virgola tra soggetto e verbo e di chi, dotato del settimo senso, "vede la punteggiatura morta". Esilarante la prima parte, più lenta la seconda, dedicata alla storia dei segni di interp ...(continue)

    Le Tavole della Legge di chi ha spasmi di dolore di fronte a una virgola tra soggetto e verbo e di chi, dotato del settimo senso, "vede la punteggiatura morta". Esilarante la prima parte, più lenta la seconda, dedicata alla storia dei segni di interpunzione. Il libro che ogni redattore dovrebbe leggere.

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    Sovranalettrice said on Mar 7, 2012 | Add your feedback

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    Dimostrazione che un libro sulla punteggiatura può diventare un best-seller

    Semplicemente geniale. Su tutto, il capitolo iniziale sull'apostrofo e il genitivo sassone. Il genere di libro di cui ti parla anche la cassiera della mega-libreria dove l'ho comprato, dicendomi: "Non capita tutti i giorni che un manuale di punteggia ...(continue)

    Semplicemente geniale. Su tutto, il capitolo iniziale sull'apostrofo e il genitivo sassone. Il genere di libro di cui ti parla anche la cassiera della mega-libreria dove l'ho comprato, dicendomi: "Non capita tutti i giorni che un manuale di punteggiatura diventi un best-seller. Un libro fantastico." E infatti. Lo consiglio a tutti gli anglofili e a chi studia inglese.

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    Caboto said on Jan 29, 2012 | Add your feedback

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