After a time of careful consideration over what the heck I was going to do for the rest of my life (a luxury of losing your job –you get lots of time for careful consideration),on New Year’s Eve I made a resolution that I was going to get my real estate license. Well,after 60 hours of instruction,two full weeks of study,and passing grades on the state and national exams,here I am. I’m about to list my first home and I couldn’t be happier!
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This latest guide in Mignon Fogarty’s series of “Quick and Dirty Tips”,Grammar Girl’s 101 Troublesome Words You’ll Master in No Time is a must-have for grammar snobs and for those looking to improve their usage. Do you know the difference,for example,between addictive and addicting? Which is correct: lighted or lit? Does biweekly mean twice a week or once every two weeks? When do you capitalize the word “earth”? Is it who or whom? You and I or you and me? The answers to all of these “troublesome” grammar faux pas and more can be found in this book.
Fogarty takes 101 oft-used (and oft-confused) words and phrases,breaks down “What’s the Trouble” with each one,explains why and/or when the confusion occurs,and then outlines “What Should You Do”. She explains each rule in concise and easy to digest language so the reader is sure to understand. She also illustrates where things are technically grammatically correct one way but commonly accepted in every-day speech another way,or more formal one way but perfectly correct another,or correct different ways in different countries. Where Fogarty really shines,though,is in her examples. She liberally quotes from books,newspapers,movies and TV shows,both classic and modern,from all parts of the taste spectrum. A Buddhist saying shows us “lighted” and “lit” are interchangeable,while Penny correctly uses “you and me” in a conversation with Sheldon from the TV show The Big Bang Theory. The 101 words are alphabetized for easy searching and illustrated with amusing cartoons featuring an animal somewhere between an aardvark and a kangaroo. This is a quick guide in more ways than one. It is easy to use,search and read,but though 101 may seem like a lot,with so ever changing and incredibly confusing a language as English,your particular grammar pet peeve may not have made the list. So whatever your grammar IQ,this book will educate,entertain and serve as a modern,humorous,and relatable quick-guide to a traditionally stuffy subject.
About the Author:Mignon Fogarty is a writer and entrepreneur. She has served as a senior editor and producer at a number of health and science web sites. Visit her here.
This review was written by girlfriend Alex Hopwood.
Steve Jobs once said:“Your time is limited,so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important,have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”These are truly words to live by.
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Vickie Milazzo knows a thing or two about success –she’s a multimillionaire entrepreneur. In her new book releasing today,Wicked Success Is Inside Every Woman,she shares the secrets of excellence that she has been personally coaching women about for years.
Evil Plans:Having Fun on the Road to World Domination by Hugh MacLeod. Just the title of it makes me want to engage in maniacal laughter. Not only because it is so appropriate for me in my life at the moment,but because,shouldn’t all of us fabulous girlfriends do what we love and get paid for it?
working girls –its a jungle out there!
Women With Attitude by Susan Vinnicombe
This book provides insight into the minds and work ethics of successful women in management. Each woman interviewed was a recipient of the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year Award and a force to be reckoned with in the boardroom. Find out how they got there.
Women With Attitude
Cool Women,Hot Jobs:And How You Can Go For It Too by Tina Schwager
We all know of someone who just has the coolest job. How did they get it,you wonder? Well this book tells you. Although geared towards the college crowd,there is practical advice in here for those of us who still don’t know what we want to be when we grow up.
Cool Women,Hot Jobs:And How You Can Go For It Too
How Would You Move Mount Fuji? Microsoft’s Cult of the Puzzle –How the World’s Smartest Company Selects the Most Creative Thinkers by William Poundstone
If part of your work responsibilities requires you to interview people,this book is a great resource. Microsoft’s technique helps them hire the problem solvers –people you want working in your organization. Interviewing? This book also reveals some brilliant answers.
How Would You Move Mount Fuji?
Managing Up:How to Forge an Effective Relationship With Those Above You by Rosanne Badowski
Take control of that boss/employee relationship on your terms. Written by the former assistant to GE’s Jack Welch,this book tells you how to make your boss look good,function better,and foster a spirit of partnership. The author has seen it all in the corporate world and is ready to share,like a true girlfriend should.
Managing Up:How to Forge an Effective Relationship With Those Above You