Microsoft Word made simple in this valuable, user-friendly manual.




Part of a series on computer programs and social media platforms, this guide teaches the basics of Microsoft Word and gives tips for making the most of it.

Rose (PowerPoint Basics in 30 Minutes, 2017, etc.) is devoted to Microsoft Word. “I cannot imagine working as a freelance writer without it,” she maintains. Anticipating anxiety about upgrading to Word 2019, she reassures readers that it’s familiar from the 2013 and 2016 versions: “The interface is super intuitive and a snap to learn.” Throughout this second edition of her manual, she helpfully notes the differences between the Windows and Mac versions and discusses the particulars of Word Online, which is free to access but has “reduced functionality.” From the Backstage view through the customizable Ribbon to document protection options, the book covers everything that beginners need to know while peppering in “Protips” that will help intermediate users employ Word more effectively. Acknowledging that the software may be used in academic, office, and personal settings, the work highlights a wide range of features, such as utilizing citation tools, applying styles and themes to a whole document, converting text to a table, inserting photos and videos, and operating the new Draw feature. Screenshots serve as apt illustrations. At times, the volume appears a little too basic (like a “For Dummies” guide), as in “press the Word 2019 icon on your desktop,” and “check to see if your printer is turned on.” Certain tasks, such as applying bold or italics, are so self-explanatory they hardly warrant a mention. Rose doesn’t always seem attuned to contemporary computer use patterns—“You will eventually want to print the document” isn’t true in an increasingly paperless society. Some readers may find her persistent cat stories annoying, too. Such authorial presence (including “I personally…” usage notes) is unnecessary in a software guide, though it makes for a conversational tone. The end matter—including an index and an appendix of keyboard shortcuts—is particularly helpful, as is the advice on document recovery. Despite the title, plan on needing closer to an hour to work through the book.

Microsoft Word made simple in this valuable, user-friendly manual.

Pub Date: April 2, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-64188-030-5

Page Count: 104

Publisher: i30 Media

Review Posted Online: Aug. 6, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2019

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Analyzing his craft, a careful craftsman urges with Thoreauvian conviction that writers should simplify, simplify, simplify.


New York Times columnist and editorial board member delivers a slim book for aspiring writers, offering saws and sense, wisdom and waggery, biases and biting sarcasm.

Klinkenborg (Timothy; or, Notes of an Abject Reptile, 2006), who’s taught for decades, endeavors to keep things simple in his prose, and he urges other writers to do the same. (Note: He despises abuses of the word as, as he continually reminds readers.) In the early sections, the author ignores traditional paragraphing so that the text resembles a long free-verse poem. He urges readers to use short, clear sentences and to make sure each one is healthy before moving on; notes that it’s acceptable to start sentences with and and but; sees benefits in diagramming sentences; stresses that all writing is revision; periodically blasts the formulaic writing that many (most?) students learn in school; argues that knowing where you’re headed before you begin might be good for a vacation, but not for a piece of writing; and believes that writers must trust readers more, and trust themselves. Most of Klinkenborg’s advice is neither radical nor especially profound (“Turn to the poets. / Learn from them”), and the text suffers from a corrosive fallacy: that if his strategies work for him they will work for all. The final fifth of the text includes some passages from writers he admires (McPhee, Oates, Cheever) and some of his students’ awkward sentences, which he treats analytically but sometimes with a surprising sarcasm that veers near meanness. He includes examples of students’ dangling modifiers, malapropisms, errors of pronoun agreement, wordiness and other mistakes.

Analyzing his craft, a careful craftsman urges with Thoreauvian conviction that writers should simplify, simplify, simplify.

Pub Date: Aug. 7, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-307-26634-7

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: May 14, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2012

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With this detailed, versatile cookbook, readers can finally make Momofuku Milk Bar’s inventive, decadent desserts at home, or see what they’ve been missing.

In this successor to the Momofuku cookbook, Momofuku Milk Bar’s pastry chef hands over the keys to the restaurant group’s snack-food–based treats, which have had people lining up outside the door of the Manhattan bakery since it opened. The James Beard Award–nominated Tosi spares no detail, providing origin stories for her popular cookies, pies and ice-cream flavors. The recipes are meticulously outlined, with added tips on how to experiment with their format. After “understanding how we laid out this cookbook…you will be one of us,” writes the author. Still, it’s a bit more sophisticated than the typical Betty Crocker fare. In addition to a healthy stock of pretzels, cornflakes and, of course, milk powder, some recipes require readers to have feuilletine and citric acid handy, to perfect the art of quenelling. Acolytes should invest in a scale, thanks to Tosi’s preference of grams (“freedom measurements,” as the friendlier cups and spoons are called, are provided, but heavily frowned upon)—though it’s hard to be too pretentious when one of your main ingredients is Fruity Pebbles. A refreshing, youthful cookbook that will have readers happily indulging in a rising pastry-chef star’s widely appealing treats.    


Pub Date: Oct. 25, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-307-72049-8

Page Count: 256

Publisher: Clarkson Potter

Review Posted Online: Jan. 13, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2011

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