Books we love
Barbara's Usage Books
Language columnist Barbara Wallraff, who we interview in this week's "Behind the Dictionary" feature, recommends these books on usage:
Garner's Modern American Usage, by Bryan A. Garner. "The best single book on the niceties of contemporary American usage."
Modern English Usage, by H.W. Fowler. "The 1st or 2nd edition (not the 3rd edition, Burchfield's Fowler's, which is an entirely different animal). A classic, and a pleasure to read."
The Careful Writer, by Theodore M. Bernstein, "among other usage books by Bernstein. Also classics."
The Language Instinct, by Steven Pinker. "Fascinating information about how language 'works.'"