Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Book Review - Grammar Done Right!

Grammar Done Right!
Author: Karen Reddick
Publisher: Unity House Publishing (January 1, 2009)
ISBN-10: 0978990439
ISBN-13: 978-0978990435
Pages: 132 pages

Grammar Done Right! is my favorite and most used desk reference. Karen Reddick has provided a superb compilation of grammar, punctuation, and style tips that every writer, professional or beginner, encounters on a regular basis. The book is organized in such a logical fashion that you can quickly find what you need and get back to writing. Instead of a list of rules, every tip is illustrated by examples of how to properly use a word or punctuation and often includes common misuses as well.

While the Chicago Manual of Style may be considered the de facto standard, I rarely use it because I reach for Grammar Done Right! first and have always found the answer to my query there.

Language is fluid. Spellings change as words come into common usage. Reddick addresses this fact in the expanded and revised 2nd edition. She makes suggestions for the different ways terms may be used in professional and casual writing. The examples are especially helpful with technical terminology.

With so much information being delivered electronically via the Internet and by e-mail, Grammar Done Right! is a must have resource for all business professionals and those who write for Internet publication including bloggers.

Faithfully consulting Grammar Done Right! has helped me evolve into a better writer. I’m looking forward to my new copy of the 2nd edition becoming an old friend and getting as worn and dog-eared as the first one.


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