The right word
Think writing well — or even correctly — is a dying art? Three new books bolster it in different contexts.
The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time (Crown) by Jeff Deck and Benjamin D. Herson is the entertaining story of a bookseller and an editor on a cross country crusade to find and fix all those extraneous apostrophes and confusions of tasty treats and arid sands. (Homemade deserts!)
It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences (Ten Speed Press) by June Casagrande is an editor and grammar columnist's funny but no-nonsense guide to better writing, with chapter titles like "Taking the Punk out of Punctuation" and "Conjunctions That Kill."
The Yahoo! Style Guide: The Ultimate Sourcebook for Writing, Editing, and Creating Content for the Digital World (St. Martin's Griffin) by Chris Barr and the senior editors of Yahoo! covers grammar and writing basics as well as useful information about search engine optimization, copyright law and more.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor