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On the Bookish Buzz, we spend a lot of time talking about words — and even more time reading them. Here are our longtime favorite books
1. The Prodigal Tongue: The Love-Hate Relationship Between American and British English by Lynne MurphyBuy It From Amazon
For the Anglophile in your life, Lynne Murphy’s The Prodigal Tongue is a hilarious rundown of “the love-hate relationship between American and British English” in which she argues for the fluidity of this frustrating language.
2. Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory StamperBuy It From Amazon
For the dictionary-obsessed, Kory Stamper’s Word by Word is a clever jaunt through the life of a former Merriam-Webster lexicographer that will challenge how you think about words.
3. Dictionary Stories by Jez BurrowsBuy It From Amazon
For the dictionary- and fiction-obsessed, Jez Burrows’ Dictionary Stories is composed of delightful short stories taken from the entries of various dictionaries around the world.
4. Lapsing Into a Comma by Bill WalshBuy It From Amazon
For the editors at heart, anything by Bill Walsh (or our #5 author below) is a treat, but Walsh’s guide that we return to over and over is Lapsing Into a Comma. (Seriously, I have one on my desk right now.)