One of my favourite authors is Bill Bryson. He actually makes me laugh out loud with his stories, which is pretty tough. He normally writes about his experiences as he travels, although he has also written “A Short History of Nearly Everything” which I have read – twice.
He’s just come out with a new book, titled “The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid – A Memoir” which I have put on hold at the library. Apparently it is about his childhood and made Bill Good, the news guy who I listen to religiously on CKNW in the mornings, laugh out loud on the ferry over the weekend. I love it when favourite authors put out new books. Yay!
So I was cruising around on the library site and I found another book by him that I somehow haven’t seen before. It’s titled “Bryson’s Dictionary of Troublesome Words” and in the short blurb it says:
With some one thousand entries, from “a, an” to “zoom,” that feature real-world examples of questionable usage from an international array of publications, and with a helpful glossary and guide to pronunciation, this precise, prescriptive, and-because it is written by Bill Bryson-often witty book belongs on the desk of every person who cares enough about the language not to maul or misuse or distort it.
It is so totally getting added to my wish list at Indigo.