Search Results: "William Safire"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2005

"Anyone who already values grammar, arguments about rules or the checkered glories of verbal style, however, is in for a treat."
America's most popular language maven preaches 50 zippy sermonettes on grammatical truisms so often misunderstood that even he seems to get them wrong. Read full book review >

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Released: June 1, 2003

"He coulda been a crank, but as he strains 'to show how language illuminates The Meaning of Life,' he pulls at mischief rather than beards, and laughs all the way to the OED."
After a quarter-century, wordmeister Safire (Spread the Word, 1999, etc.) continues to pick happily at the knots of grammar and usage. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Those who believe language is a delight as well as a necessity will happily while away the hours meandering through these pages. (Illustrations, not seen)"
Safire charms yet again with his lively interest in our language. ``Norma Loquendi,'' that fickle lass whose name the author translates as ``the everyday voice of the native speaker,'' is the title character of this eighth book to come from Safire's ``On Language'' column in the New York Times Magazine (Quoth the Maven, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

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SCANDALMONGER by William Safire
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2000

"Richly researched and nicely paced: sure to satisfy readers with a healthy appetite for American history."
The columnist's fourth novel (Freedom, 1987, etc.) is a pleasing fictionalized history text that demonstrates how sexual scandal is as old and venerated a tradition in American politics as kissing babies. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Yet again, readers will find that Safire's apparently endless capacity to be fascinated by language is highly contagious."
The ninth volume of tidbits of stylistic wit and wisdom from a man willing to display his grammar in public. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 26, 1992

"To be sent immediately in plain brown wrapping to all freedom fighters—and their foes."
The Book of Job as a guide to modern political dissent: on the face of it, a risky, if not goofy, enterprise that Safire (Language Maven Strikes Again, 1990, etc.) pulls off with wit and moral passion. Read full book review >

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SLEEPER SPY by William Safire
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Engaging and cunningly plottedwith a wealth of diverting asides on the self-importance of journalists, the duplicity of officialdom, the venality of big-time literary agents, and other of civilized society's burdens. (Author tour)"
Word maven and New York Times columnist Safire's third novel (Freedom, 1987; Full Disclosure, 1977): a transnational thriller with immensely entertaining results. Read full book review >

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SPREAD THE WORD by William Safire
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"In 20 years on the language beat, Safire has waged a delightful battle for correct but common English, taking on its petrifaction with such defiant phrases as: 'You'd think the Brits invented it.'"
The 11th volume of the cunning linguist's New York Times Magazine "On Language" columns. Read full book review >

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BEST BOOKS OF 2016: WILLIAM GIRALDI
by Joe M. O'Connell

Novelist William Giraldi found writing his memoir The Hero's Body at once arduous and simple.

The book entwines his experiences as a teenage bodybuilder, the story of his ultra-macho working-class family and his father's untimely death in a motorcycle crash when he was in his 40s, the author in his 20s.

"I really started writing it when my ...


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WILLIAM MCKEEN
by Gregory McNamee

Charles Manson had a sweet, clear voice, reminiscent of Chet Baker’s, that could carry a pop song, a jazz standard, or a show tune. He wrote some good songs, a couple of which became unironic hipster anthems decades later. He charmed his way into an elite circle of Los Angeles musicians, and he swayed a few of them to record ...


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FLO & WENDELL by William Wegman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2013

"A sure hit for Wegman fans, but a miss for those who want a story. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An artistic departure into mixed media will spark the interest of Wegman fans in this new offering featuring his famed Weimaraners. Read full book review >