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Murder & Mayhem: A Doctor Answers Medical and Forensic Questions for Mystery Writers

by MD, D. P. Lyle

In Murder and Mayhem: A Doctor Answers Medical and Forensic Questions for Mystery Writers, Dr. D. P. Lyle culls the best of his popular "The Doctor Is In" question-and-answer column for the Mystery Writers of...


Glossaries of Americanisms V

by Daniel R Davis

First Published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


The Phone Book: The Curious History of the Book That Everyone Uses But No One Reads

by Ammon Shea

Read Ammon Shea's blogs and other content on the Penguin Community.

A surprising, lively, and rich history of that ubiquitous doorstop that most of us take for granted.

Ammon Shea is not your typical thirtysomething...


The Torchlight List: Around the World in 200 Books

by Jim Flynn

In today’s world it seems that everywhere we turn we are saturated with book recommendations from talk shows, magazines, radio shows, friends, and top ten lists. But which books are really the best, and what...


The Meaning of Tingo: and Other Extraordinary Words from Around the World

by Adam Jacot de Boinod

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA


Pronunc Standard Eng America V

by Daniel R Davis

First Published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


Auditory Representations in Phonology

by Edward S. Flemming

This book provides evidence for the importance of auditory properties of speech sounds in phonology.


Yiddish Given Names: A Lexicon

by Rella Israly Cohn

This is a lexicon of Yiddish given names, preceded by four chapters of material that explains the lexical conventions, the historical environment, and the research applicable to this subject.


Never Let a Fool Kiss You or a Kiss Fool You

by Mardy Grothe

What do Mae West, John F. Kennedy, Victor Hugo, and H. L. Mencken have in common? They all indulged in chiasmus-a literary device in which word order is reversed to hilarious or poignant effect. When Mae West...


Uglier Than a Monkey's Armpit: Untranslatable Insults, Put-Downs, and Curses from Around the World

by Stephen Dodson

The most curious, funny, insightful, and expressive invectives from more than forty languages-fully illustrated, you miserable misokakku.

"Misokkasu": Scum of soya paste. (Japanese) "Tu es um borra-battos.":...


Word for Word

by James E. Snyder

An ingeniously handy guide to help you transform chew into masticate, rainy into pluvian?or antediluvian into plain old old.

Attorney James Snyder didn?t set out to write a book about words. But one day he looked...


78 Reasons Why Your Book May Never Be Published and 14 Reasons Why It Just Might

by Pat Walsh

For the hundreds of thousands who buy writers’ guides every year, at last there’s one that tells the ugly truth: writers who can’t get published are usually making a lot of mistakes. This honest, often...


Four-Letter Words: And Other Secrets of a Crossword Insider

by Michelle Arnot

Crossword puzzle expert and champion Michelle Arnot has complied this irresistibly fun and entertaining manual filled with fascinating facts, puzzle miscellany, and surefire tips for puzzle solving. For devoted...


Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages

by Ammon Shea

An obsessive word lover's account of reading the entire Oxford English Dictionary, hailed as "the Super Size Me of lexicography."

"I'm reading the OED so you don't have to," says Ammon Shea on his slightly masochistic...


So You Think You Can Spell?: Killer Quizzes for the Incurably Competitive and Overly Confident

by David Grambs

A cornucopia of spelling challenges—from the deceptively simple to the truly vexing—for good, better, and exceptional spellers (or those who want to be). So You Think You Can Spell? is a handy way to go...


Carnivalizing Difference: Bakhtin and the Other

by Peter I. Barta, Paul Allen Miller & Charles Platter

It has seemed at times that there is no neutral territory between those who see Bakhtin as the practitioner of a kind of neo-Marxist, or at least materialist, deconstruction and those who look at the same texts...


The Art of Intimacy

by Stacey D'Erasmo

The first work of nonfiction by Stacey D’Erasmo, author of the New York Times Notable Books Tea and The Sky Below

“What is the nature of intimacy, of what happens in the space between us? And how do we,...


Successful Television Writing

by Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin

The industry speaks out about SUCCESSFUL TELEVISION WRITING

"Where was this book when I was starting out? A fantastic, fun, informative guide to breaking into?and more importantly, staying in?the TV writing game...


The Browser's Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases

by Mary Varchaver & Frank Ledlie Moore

"Kudos (Greek), encomiums (Latin), and accolades (French) to the authors for their enlightening and amusing lexicon, a testament that English is the most cheerfully democratic and hospitable language ever cobbled...


Hungarian: An Essential Grammar

by Carol H. Rounds

This user-friendly guide to modern Hungarian clearly introduces the most important structures of this fascinating language. Suitable for beginning, intermediate and advanced students, it can be used by those...