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Posted by janey, Tue Jun-05-07 11:31 AM
She makes a LOT of errors throughout that book. They are either the result of oversight or they're things that don't matter to her.
Grammar guides can be fun and interesting without being "popular" or catering to the snob in us. For American English, I recommend Garner's Dictionary of Modern American Usage, and for British English, Fowler's Modern English Usage is a classic, and very, very funny.
Louis Menand (no intellectual slouch, he!) wrote a simply *scathing* review of Eats, Shoots & Leaves for the New Yorker when the book was released. No doubt you can find it in their archives.
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