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Grammar for the Soul: Using Language for Personal Change

by Lawrence A Weinstein

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This is a delightful little book in which the author explores, through a series of short essays (musings really), the ways in which grammar influences our mindsets and vice versa. Although it does kind of sound like a self-help book, it's not cheesy or new-agey at all; it reads more like an extended letter from a friend. Larry Weinstein writes with a breezy, witty, often wry tone, certainly not holding himself up as any kind of expert, not saying "I know better than you how to live your life," but more of a "here are some interesting ideas that I thought you might like to contemplate."

If you work with words in any capacity, or have any interest in grammar as more than just a set of boring rules that need to be memorized; if the power of words interests you, if you've ever spent more than a few seconds pondering how best to construct a particular sentence for maximum clarity, elegance, and depth/breadth of expression -- then you will almost certainly enjoy "Grammar for the Soul." You're bound to find at least one or two points in the book that will make you stop and say "Hey, cool, I never thought of it that way before." I highly recommend checking it out. ( )
  mamajoan | May 27, 2008 |
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