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Laura

I don't know that this would necessarily make a good gift, but it's a good book for a writer to own: Bryan Garner's Dictionary of Modern American Usage. Garner fills in the gaps left by style books. I don't think I have ever asked this book a question it cannot answer.

Cara

Thanks for the addition. One of the editors at Nature Conservancy magazine recommended that book to me, too. Must check it out -- and I don't know what this says about me, but I think a good usage guide makes a great gift!

Michael Carnell

Thanks for the list. I have a lot of writing to do this coming year and the help is greatly appreciated. One that I love, that kind of has a nature tie-in, is "Eats, Shoots and Leaves". I find it both amusing and informative!

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