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Dreyer’s English: An Ut­terly Cor­rect Guide to Clar­ity and Style (Ran­dom House, Jan­uary) by Ben­jamin Dreyer

The long­time copy chief of Ran­dom House, who has copy edited books by au­thors such as E. L. Doc­torow, David Eber­shoff, Frank Rich, and El­iz­a­beth Strout, of­fers au­thor­i­ta­tive yet amus­ing lessons on punc­tu­a­tion, gram­mar, and other rules and non-rules of writ­ing, in­clud­ing “con­fus­ables” (af­fect/ef­fect), “trimmables” (added bonus, end re­sult), and mis­cel­lany (“you don’t tow the line, you toe it”) in a fun, ap­peal­ing style that puts a con­tem­po­rary spin on Wil­liam Strunk Jr. and E. B. White’s The El­e­ments of Style.

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