Eats, Shoots & Leaves
If you think grammar can’t be fun, this book is definitely for you.
As Louis Menand points out in his detailed criticism of Truss’s book, Truss’s goal is inspiration not perfection.
Though she has persuaded herself otherwise, Truss doesn’t want people to care about correctness. She wants them to care about writing and about using the full resources of the language. “Eats, Shoots & Leaves” is really a “decline of print culture” book disguised as a style manual (poorly disguised).
Menand’s criticisms are fun to read, but they don’t stop me from enjoying Truss’ work immensely. Truss makes thinking about grammar fun, which is why her work is among my top recommended references for writers. I hope you’ll join me in adding her work to your book collection, hopefully via my affiliate link, which you can get to via the link on her title.
Truss, Lynne. Eats, Shoots & Leaves. The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation. New York: Gotham Books, 2003, ISBN 1861976127.
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Tracey Arial helps Canadians grow with notable nonfiction and urban agriculture.