Monday, September 24, 2012

Kindle Grammar Books

My grammar school days are long gone. Much of what I learned is but a dim memory. Thank God for editors!

Still, I do have some pride. I know better than to submit a manuscript to my editor without carefully vetting it first. So, when in doubt, I've been known to check online resources.

I've also discovered another way to get answers. Amazon offers quite an array of Kindle grammar books.

Below you'll find a short list, but there are plenty more grammar books to choose from. I'm not including their prices, since they could change by the time you read this, but at last look SOME WERE FREE!

1. The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
2. The Only Grammar Book You'll Ever Need: A One Stop Source for Every Writing Assignment by Susan Thurman
3. English Grammar, Punctuation and Capitalization by Girard Sagmiller
4. Higher Lessons in English A work on English Grammar and Composition by Brainerd Kellogg and Alonzo Reed
5. The Best Little Grammar Book Ever! 101 Ways to Impress With Your Writing and Speaking by Arlene Miller
6. Word Study and English Grammar A Primer of Information about Words, Their Relations and Their Uses by Frederick W. William
7. The Elements of Style 2011 Revised Edition by William Strunk, William Strunk, Jr.
8. Painless Grammar (Barron's Painless) by Rebecca Elliott Ph.D.
9. Practical Grammar and Composition by Thomas Wood
10. Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing (Quick and Dirty Tips) by Mignon Fogarty
11.English Grammar For Dummies by Geraldine Woods

For more, check this Link.


Morgan Mandel's recent release on kindle is the romantic comedy, Her Handyman. Her other novels include the thriller, Forever Young: Blessing or Curse, the romantic suspense, Killer Career, the romantic comedy, Girl of My Dreams, and the mystery, Two Wrongs. She's also a contributor to The Corner Cafe: A Tasty Collection of Short Stories.

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  1. Morgan, I invite you to annotate this short bibliography, which would be a service to us all. Some of these are re-releases of hopelessly dated works (Goold Brown; Thomas Wood), others are bargains or gems (Strunk). Your thoughts are sought.

  2. For people who want some entertainment with their education—and I know these aren't new—but I love Patricia T. O'Connor's books, Woe is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English (2009), and Words Fail Me: What Everyone Who Writes Should Know About Writing (2000). Her newest title was in 2010— Origins of the Specious: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language. :)

  3. Larry, I'm afraid I'm not an expert on grammar books, just an explorer.I can't recommend or not recommend any on my list. Amazon does have the Look Inside feature to check how the books start out, which offers a clue to their contents. You can also see how it's laid out, which makes a difference when you're hunting for an answer.

    Sorry I can't be of further help.

    Morgan Mandel

  4. Kathryn, That sounds like a fun way to get educated!

    Morgan Mandel

  5. Please excuse me—Patricia T. "O'Conner"—my fingers apparently disagreed with my mind on the spelling! And yes Morgan, they are fun enough to keep your interest on a topic that can be like eating scones without tea.

  6. I absolutely love scones. I'd eat them with water if I had to!

    Morgan Mandel

  7. This is a great springboard for beginning a search. I've heard good things about the Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips, but I've never seen the actual book. Also, I agree with Larry about the Strunk gems. Thanks for sharing, Morgan.

  8. What a great list. Thanks so much, Morgan. And I love your suggestion, too, Kathryn. I do love humorous books that teach.

  9. A great thing about these grammar books is that they don't rap you on the knuckles with a ruler for incorrectly diagraming a sentence.

  10. Great list, Morgan. Thank you! It doesn't hurt to have both older books and the new ones on your shelves. It's interesting how things change over time.

  11. Linda, Quick & Dirty Tricks is a great little tome to tuck into a college gift basket, but the true resource is on Grammar Girl's website which is wonderfully searchable and comprehensive.

  12. I think it's a great list. Even older books have some gems that will help us. Thanks for posting the list - I'll share it with the students in my writing class.

  13. What I like about these books is they're on kindle. That means I can have many of them and not take up as much space. I've been going through my reference library and donating some of the books to the public library. They're all over the place!

    Morgan Mandel


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