Friday, September 24, 2010

Book review: The Glamour of Grammar

It's terribly intimidating to be writing a review of a book entitled The Glamour of Grammar, by Roy Peter Clark  So I'm just going to start by saying that any errors in this review should, in no way, reflect poorly on this fabulous and educational book.

I started reading when I was not quite four years old, and since then I've pretty much always had a book in hand. I love words and stories and all that books can teach us.  And I love the English language and grammar, quirks and funny rules and all.

So I was so thrilled to get to read The Glamour of Grammar. This is a must-read book for anyone who loves to read or to write.  The book is neatly laid out into five sections: words, points, standards, meaning and purpose. Each section contains short chapters discussing an idea or grammar rule.  The chapters have great titles like "befriend the lively verb to be" or "adopt a favorite letter of the alphabet". The information contained in the chapters is easy to understand, with great examples from literature and history to explain the words and points of grammar being discussed. At the end of each chapter there is a small section called "keepsakes" with the important lessons from the chapter summarized in bulletpoints.

The book wraps up with three handy appendices: "words I have misspelled", "words I have confused" and the "Glamour of Grammar quick list". There's also an index for finding specific information.

If you love words and grammar and books- definitely check this book out. I really enjoyed it and know I will be referring to it for years to come!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book, thanks to the  Product Review Place and the Hachette Book Group. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.