Book Review: The Glamour of Grammar: A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English by Roy Peter Clark

What is glamorous about grammar, right? Even I, a self-professed word nerd and lover of all things grammatical, am hard-pressed to glean the glamour in grammar. But Roy Peter Clark explains the purpose behind his titillating title: “Was there ever in the popular imagination a word less glamorous than grammar? But what if I were to tell you that at one time in the history of our language, grammar and glamour were the same word? . . . The bridge between the words . . . is magic.”

 Hooked? Intrigued, maybe? Well, that’s all I’m going to reveal. You must read this “enchanting” book to learn more about Mr. Clark’s grammar tools (Not rules! Yay!) for words, punctuation, writing standards, and the employment of words to convey meaning as well as use toward a noble purpose.

The Glamour of Grammar is no stuffy, eye-glazing tome. Roy Peter Clark’s love for language and its practical application is evident through his conversational, down-to-earth style sprinkled with witty quips and personal anecdotes.

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