To be precise, two new books that you can find at any bookstore (and on old good Amazon, of course). Here is what these books about and why you should spend a few hours reading them to become the next comma guru.
Eats, Shoots & Leaves:
The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
The funny cover and the name of the book itself suggest that it’s not a boring long read you could read during your college years. No no, this book is one of the best modern “funny grammar guides” as I call them. Cute pandas and the editor Lynne Truss, who is gravely concerned about our current grammatical state, make all possible and impossible to keep you engaged and excited about a semicolon. And, most surprisingly, they succeeded!
*Of course, it’s just my opinion, but check this out:
Here’s a small book you’ll want to stuff in your pocket for that next flight or train trip to pass the time and avoid the embarrassment of having to explain to people you know that you’re chuckling over a book on punctuation.
If there is one lesson that is to be learned from this book, it is that there is never a dull moment in the world of punctuation.
The reviews are quite promising, aren’t they? Maybe yours will be even better?
The illustrated proof that commas are important! (PDF):
The Best Punctuation Book, Period:
A Comprehensive Guide for Every Writer, Editor, Student, and Businessperson
Not as popular as pandas, but definitely worth your attention. Less jokes, more rules, and fairly more useful information for those, who took the punctuation seriously and want to nail it in no time.
Okay. I’m sure I won’t be the only one to say this, but it really does live up to its (clever) title. For a book with such an appealing, simple-to-use layout, it is a complete guide to the most complex punctuation questions.
P.S.: For those, who don’t know the classic grammar joke about those cute pandas:
|A panda walks into a restaurant, sits down and orders a sandwich. After he finishes eating the sandwich, the panda pulls out a gun and shoots the waiter, and then stands up to go. “Hey!” shouts the manager. “Where are you going? You just shot my waiter and you didn’t pay for your sandwich!”
The panda yells back at the manager, “Hey man, I am a PANDA! Look it up!”
The manager opens his dictionary and sees the following definition for panda: “A tree-dwelling marsupial of Asian origin, characterised by distinct black and white colouring. Eats shoots and leaves.”