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Gift Ideas: Top 5 Books for Writers

Gift Ideas: Top 5 Books for Writers

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book-gifts-writersBy Jill Kurtz
Online Career Tips Contributor

Looking for the perfect gift for the writer in your life? Here are some great book ideas that I have gathered from some of the best writers I know.

My Soul Looks Back, ‘Lest I Forget: A Collection of Quotations by People of Color. “I can get lost in it,” said Dr. Suzanne Minarcine, faculty director in the School of Business at American Public University. Selected as a Best Reference Source of 1993, this book compiles more than 7,000 quotations by people of color.

How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times. This 2013 book looks at how to write vividly with just a few words, the heart of the craft of the writer.

To the Point: A Dictionary of Concise Writing. In these days of writing for online readers, fewer words are always better. This recently updated book is a guide to writing concisely, including how to reduce the number of words in a phrase, substitute a single word for a phrase, and delete extraneous words and phrases.

Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations. Quotes are often misremembered, misstated, and misattributed. This book helps me get them right.

The Elements of Style. “A timeless book on writing,” noted Dr. Ron Johnson, a faculty member at American Public University. Originally published in 1918 this is still a classic reference for any student and conscientious writer.

These books are available in paper or electronically. Some writers still crave the printed page, while others revel in the portable virtual reference shelf.

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