9 New Fall Books for People Who Love Words, Language, and Writing

If you love language, writing, or grammar, check out these new titles.

Aimal Farooq, QDT Intern
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The Book: A Cover-to-Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time

by Keith Houston

In The Book, Keith Houston explores the detailed and comprehensive history of what is humanity's most important information technology. Through text and full-color illustrations, Houston follows how writing, printing, binding and illustration have developed and evolved over the 2,000-year history of this object. Readers will come to appreciate the materials by which a book is made, as well as the content within its pages.

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Fierce on the Page: Become the Writer You Were Meant to Be and Succeed on Your Own Terms

by Sage Cohen

Sage Cohen believes that ferocity is the key to moving forward as a writer. Through inspiring essays, Cohen will show you how to transform and take control of your attitude to achieve your goals. Uncage your creativity, learn to overcome fears and obstacles, and reach your full potential as a writer.

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What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves

by Benjamin K. Bergen
Profanity can be censored, but its appeal is so strong that we simply can't stop using it. In What the F, linguist and cognitive scientist, Bejamin K. Bergen, explores why we swear through laugh-out-loud humor and daily-life examples.

Words on the Move: Why English Won't—and Can't—Sit Still (Like, Literally)

by John McWhorter

The English language is constantly changing and will continue to evolve before our very eyes. In Words on the Move, John McWhorter takes us on a surprising journey through the history of language where you'll learn that "silly" once meant "blessed," or that "ought" used to be the past tense of "owe." 

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The Illustrated Book of Sayings: Curious Expressions from Around the World

by Ella Frances Sanders

In this collection, Ella Frances Sanders has compiled over fifty expressions from around the globe. With charming illustrations, Sanders explores idioms and proverbs, revealing the nuances and poignancy of earth's cultures and languages.

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You're Saying It Wrong: A Pronunciation Guide to the 150 Most Commonly Mispronounced Wordsand Their Tangled Histories of Misuse

by Ross Petras and Kathryn Petras
In You're Saying It Wrong, you'll discover commonly mispronounced words, learn their correct pronunciations as well as their etymologies and intriguing histories of use and misuse. Avoid messy linguistic situations and become the life of the party with short and sweet anecdotes.

Libertarians on the Prairie: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Rose Wilder Lane, and the Making of the Little House Books

by Christine Woodside

Generations of children have devoured the Little House in the Prairie books, but very few realize how far the stories are from the actual history of the Ingalls family. In Liberatrians on the Prairie, Christine Woodside uncovers the reality behind the beloved classic by drawing from original manuscripts and letters.

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Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing

by Jennifer Weiner

Jennifer Weiner's first book of essays provides a candid look into her life, as well as tales of how Weiner found her voice as a novelist, activist and columnist after years of feeling like an outsider.

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The Bookshop on the Corner: A Novel

by Jenny Colgan
Jenny Colgan's novel The Bookshop on the Corner tells the story of literary matchmaker Nina Redmond. She has a passion for pairing people with the perfect story. When Nina loses her job, she buys a van and turns it into a mobile bookstore with the intention of driving from neighborhood to neighborhood, pairing people with stories that'll change their lives.

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Booksamillion, Apple

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