A Year in Books/Day 221: Bill Bryson’s Dictionary for Writers and Editors

  • Title: Bill Bryson’s Dictionary for Writers and Editors
  • Author: Bill Bryson
  • Year Published: 1991/This Edition: 2009 (Anchor Books)
  • Year Purchased: 2012
  • Source: The Book Loft, Columbus, Ohio
  • About: Any book written by Bill Bryson is worth the cover price. In fact, I’d pay double the cover price for most of his books, including this one. The only fault I can find is with myself, and why I didn’t buy Bryson’s Dictionary for Writers and Editors sooner. A keep-within-your-reach classic for all spelling and usage questions, it’s concise but not limited, inspiring, engaging, fun, and damn practical. This should be part of every professional’s reference library. Don’t make the same mistake I did; buy it now.
  • Motivation: Here’s a handy thirteen-word story that explains everything: I’m a writer and editor. Bill Bryson is a minor god. The end.
  • Times Read: Used as a reference source
  • Random Excerpt/Preface: “It is a personal collection, built up over thirty years as a writer and editor in two countries, and so inevitably-inescapably-it reflects my own interests, experiences, and blind spots. You may not need, as I do, to be reminded that it is Anjelica Huston but not Whitney Houston, or have occasion at any point in your life to write the name of the district of Sydney known gloriously and unimprovably as Woolloomooloo. But I very much hope that what follows is broad enough and general enough to be frequently useful to nearly everyone.”
  • Happiness Scale: 10

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