Good books for word ninjas—and a couple favorites

Amazon.com blog Omnivoracious has organized a list of six recommended books for writers—from those wishing to add style to their writing to others hoping to simply avoid writing like an arse. You heard me.

Here’s the list at a glance:

  • Help! for Writers by Roy Peter Clark — Practical advice about turning writing into a lifestyle
  • Word Hero by Jay Heinrichs — Learn how to bring art and wit to your writing
  • Microstyle by Christopher Johnson — Thoughts on how we connect with language and how to do more with less
  • How Not to Talk Like an Arse by Richard Wilson — 101 phrases that should be exiled from the English language
  • Gobbledygook by William Wilson — See if you can spot the fake word in this dictionary game
  • The Bloomberg Way by Matthew Winkler — A trusty handbook for business writers

And a couple of my favorites:

Spunk & Bite: A Writer’s Guide to Bold, Contemporary Style by Arthur Plotnik — Spice up your writing enough to make Strunk and White cry

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss — A humorous glimpse into punctuation

What books on writing, grammar, and punctuation have you found indispensable?

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