Book Referrals No.1

The editor’s Book Referrals, offers suggested book titles drawn from his personal library and with just a smidgen of help from Amazon.com and Goodreads.com.

Round about Youbeaut Designs

Title: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
– The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

“I found this book totally charming and a refreshing take on tidying/de-cluttering. I had a look at some of the negative reviews and in my opinion many of these stem from a shallow reading coupled with unfamiliarity with Japanese culture and living conditions. While I don’t claim to be an expert on Japanese culture, I have been there multiple times and visited ordinary Japanese apartments and homes so I am familiar with the typical architecture and home layout.” From the Reviewer’s blurb.
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Title: Clean, well-lighted sentences
– A Guide to Avoiding the Most Common Errors in Grammar and Punctuation
by Janis Bell

“An extraordinary handbook: with clarity and humor, it tells the story that even good writers have been longing to hear.
This is not a comprehensive tracking of every nut and bolt that ever came loose within an English sentence; it is a focused discussion of the narrow range of problems that American writers typically face. From confusion over grammar to tangles with usage, to questions about punctuation, Janis Bell addresses them with transparency and grace. She discusses the issues, gives plenty of examples, provides quizzes and answers, and makes sure that readers are engaged throughout.” From the Publisher’s blurb.
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Title: Story Engineering
– Mastering the 6 core competences of successful writing by Larry Brooks

“The vast majority of writers begin the storytelling process with only a partial understanding where to begin. Some labor their entire lives without ever learning that successful stories are as dependent upon good engineering as they are artistry. But the truth is, unless you are master of the form, function and criteria of successful storytelling, sitting down and pounding out a first draft without planning is an ineffective way to begin.” From the Publisher’s blurb. Click book image to see more …


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