Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss
The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

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We all know the basics of punctuation. Or do we? A look at most neighborhood signage tells a different story. Through sloppy usage and low standards on the internet, in email, and now text messages, we have made proper punctuation an endangered species. In Eats, Shoots & Leaves, former editor Lynne Truss dares to say, in her delightfully urbane, witty, and very English way, that it is time to look at our commas and semicolons and see them as the wonderful and necessary things they are. This is a book for people who love punctuation and get upset when it is mishandled. From the invention of the question mark in the time of Charlemagne to George Orwell shunning the semicolon, this lively history makes a powerful case for the preservation of a system of printing conventions that is much too subtle to be mucked about with.
 

About Lynne Truss

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LYNNE TRUSS is the author of the New York Times bestseller Talk to the Hand: The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today, or Six Good Reasons to Stay Home and Bolt the Door, and The Lynne Truss Treasury: Columns and Three Comic Novels . Eats, Shoots & Leaves, for which she won Britain’s Book of the Year Award, has sold over three million copies worldwide. Truss is a regular host on BBC Radio 4, a Times (London) columnist, and the author of numerous radio comedy dramas.
 
Published April 12, 2004 by Gotham. 240 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Michael Upchurch NY Times Book Review 2.5 of 5 Stars "Truss’s tone is so relentlessly larky, and her imagery so parochial, that American readers will find much of this book incomprehensible, let alone unfunny.

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