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The Elements of Styleby William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White and Maira Kalman
The classic bible of grammar and clear writing, illustrated with the delightful art of Maira Kalman. A must-have and a great gift.
Synopses & Reviews
The only style manual ever to appear on bestseller lists has explained to millions of readers the basic principles of plain English. The books mantra "make every word tell" is still on point. Whether seventeen or seventy, this much-loved classic, now in its fourth edition, will forever be the go-to guide when in need of a hint on how to make a turn of phrase clearer, or a reminder on how to enliven prose with the active voice. Kalman's exquisite illustrations give the revered work a jolt of new energy, making the learning experience more colorful and clear. The Elements of Style Illustrated will come to be known as the definitive, must-have edition.
"So friendly, so classic, so delightful...Kalman has taken the little book and made it even more elegant and uplifting." Los Angeles Times
"While The Elements of Style has never lacked fans or dutiful adherents, appreciation for this slim volume has taken a turn toward the whimsical and even surreal." The New York Times
"The pictures are playful and subtle, which suits the spirit of this beloved bestseller." USA Today
Kalman's exquisite illustrations give the revered style manual, now in its fourth edition, a jolt of new energy, making the learning experience more colorful and clear.
Irresistible illustrations of authors and the charming, wise, and hilarious things they say at their readings
Why do we go to book readings? For a chance to see the authors we love come to life off the page, answering our questions and proving to be the brilliant, witty people we catch glimpses of through their work. Illustrator Kate Gavino captures the wonder of this experience firsthand. At every reading she attends, Kate hand-letters the eventand#8217;s most memorable quote alongside a charming portrait of the author. In Last Nightand#8217;s Reading, Kate takes us on her journey through the literary world, sharing illustrated insight from more than one hundred of todayand#8217;s greatest writersand#151;from literary legends to celebrity authors to contemporary favoritesand#151;on topics ranging from friendship and humor to creativity and identity. A celebration of authors, reading, and bookstores, this delightful collection is an advice book like no other and a love letter to the joy of seeing your favorite author up close and personal.
Girls Standing on Lawns is a unique collaboration between renowned artist and bestselling childrenandrsquo;s book author Maira Kalman and New York Times bestselling writer Daniel Handler, better known as Lemony Snicket. This clever book contains 40 vintage photographs from the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, more than a dozen original paintings by Kalman inspired by the photographs, and brief, lyrical texts by Handler. Poetic and thought-provoking, Girls Standing on Lawns is a meditation on memories, childhood, nostalgia, home, family, and the act of seeing. The gorgeous visual material sets the stage for what Handler succinctly describes as andldquo;a photograph, a painting, a sentence, a pose.andrdquo; Girls, women, families, and even pets from days gone by grace the pages, looking out at us, enticing readers to imagine these people, their livesandmdash;and where they have gone.
Praise for Girls Standing on Lawns
andquot;Kalman supplements the mostly black-and-white, anonymous, amateur snapshots with colorful paintings inspired by the photographs. Handler adds alternately wry, pithy, poignantandmdash;and always succinctandmdash;commentary to most spreads, inviting readers to ponder the people and scenes as well as their own family photos.andquot;
andquot;Handler provides free verse that is both spare and sparse throughout the collection, contextualizing the thematic groupings and offering imaginative insight into what might have motivated the preservation of such frozen moments. The project is interesting and the images thought provoking.andquot;
--The Bulletin of The Center for Childrenandrsquo;s Books
About the Author
William Strunk J r. (1869-1946) was professor of English at Cornell University. He wrote The Elements of Style in 1918 for the use of his students, who dubbed it "the little book."
E.B. White (1899-1985) was a leading American essayist, author, humorist, poet, and literary stylist whose wide range of writing includes Charlotte's Web.
Maira Kalman has illustrated twelve children's books, numerous covers for The New Yorker, fabrics for fashion designers Isaac Mizrahi and Kate Spade, and many other projects.
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