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Sit for a Spell

In honor of this year's National Spelling Bee, here are some books relating to the culture of competitive spelling.

American Bee

How to Spell Like a Champ

The Spelling List And Word Study Resource Book

Webster's Third New International Dictionary (aka the Bee Bible)

...and The Big Book of Spelling Tests, by our own Orin Hargraves.


When it comes to the printed (or electronic) word, design can be just as important as content. Here are some books to get you thinking about the "look" of language.

Thinking with Type

A Short History of the Printed Word

The Elements of Typographic Style

The End of Print

Reading the Classics

Want to brush up on the canon of great books? Get some guidance from those in the know!

The Well-Educated Mind

Great Books

The New Lifetime Reading Plan

Books that Changed the World

"Always Be Closing"

...in the immortal words of Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross. No matter what sale you're closing, these books will help you write and communicate persuasively:

Little Green Book of Getting Your Way

Advertising Secrets of the Written Word

The Irresistible Offer

Words that Sell

Web Content

Writing for the web has its own unique rules -- and limitations. How do you master this form of communication and put together powerful web copy? These books can help:

Letting Go of the Words

Killer Web Content

Writing for the Web

Hot Text

Web Copy That Sells

Music Writing

If you're interested in writing about music, these books will give you guidance and inspiration:

A Short Guide to Writing About Music

Best Music Writing 2007

Writing About Music

Writing About Music: An Introductory Guide

Food Writing

Aspire to write about it, not just eat it? These nourishing books will help you satiate your food writing appetite:

Will Write for Food

Best Food Writing 2007

The Wilder Shores of Gastronomy

Remembrance of Things Paris

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