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"Encarta World English Dictionary"
Edited by Anne Soukhanov
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Taking its place as the world's new lingua franca, English is changing at breakneck speed. The "Encarta World English Dictionary" covers all the new developments in the language thoroughly and efficiently, creating a reference tool for anyone hooked into the new global culture. We're really quite "chuffed."

"The Hutchinson Encyclopedia of the Renaissance"
by David Rundle
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The 15th and 16th centuries marked a turning point for Western culture--when "civilization progressed from monochrome to technicolour," as Oxford historian David Rundle puts it. His new book, "The Hutchinson Encyclopedia of the Renaissance," gives the reader a new perspective on the pioneers of our now thoroughly explored cultural territory, and might just provide a map of what lies ahead.

"A Dictionary of Modern American Usage"
by Bryan Garner
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If you've ever wished for a book that explained grammar and usage in precise and easy-to-understand language, Bryan Garner's "Dictionary of Modern American Usage" is the book for you. Erudite and dryly witty, organized and up to date, and attentive to both basic usage as well as advanced nuances, it is destined to become the reference book of choice.

We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but it's time to start thinking about going back to school. Helpful souls that we are, we've put together a list of great reference sources to get you started on the right foot--whether you are beginning high school or getting ready to write that dissertation. Hey, you might even enjoy school this year! REVIEW

Feeling a little "blur" about English these days? If so, it's perhaps because the language is morphing around the globe into many different dialects with their own usage forms and vocabularies. In this exclusive essay for Amazon.com, Anne Soukhanov, editor of the "Encarta World English Dictionary," discusses English as it is spoken from Minneapolis to Malaysia. REVIEW

Many reference books come and go, leaving barely a trace. Others, such as "The Chicago Manual of Style," have become classics. We've compiled a list of reference works that have stood the test of time and just keep getting better. REVIEW

"Escaping into the Open"
by Elizabeth Berg
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Elizabeth Berg's new book offers engaging and straightforward advice on the art and craft of writing. With plenty of simple exercises and clever tools to get you started, it's a great reference source for the aspiring writer and the grizzled veteran alike.

"The Quotable Book Lover"
edited by Ben Jacobs
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Amazon.com customers can't get enough of this collection of some of the most penetrating and insightful quotes about books and their impact on our lives. Throw in chapters on such things as reading, writing, and the art of bookbinding, and no bibliophile can pass this one up!

"Do Fish Drink Water?"
by Bill McLain
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Ever wonder what the military means by "Zulu time"? Or what the last song was that the musicians played on the Titanic? You'll find the answers to these and many other extremely obscure questions in this engaging trivia book by Bill McLain.

"The King's English" in Paperback
by Kingsley Amis
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"50 Urgent Things You Need to Do Before the Millennium" by William D. McGuire in Paperback
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"Kaplan Newsweek College Catalog 2000" In Paperback
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"Resumes That Mean Business"
by David R. Eyler
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In today's job market, nothing should be left to chance. Before you start that job search, pick up a copy of "Resumes That Mean Business." It's sure to give you an edge on the competition.

"Letters to a Fiction Writer" edited by Frederick Busch REVIEW
Bedeviled by writer's block? Need a bit of inspiration? Pick up a copy of Frederick Busch's "Letters to a Fiction Writer." It's an enlightening and entertaining collection of essays on the art and craft of writing from some of the best fiction writers around.

"Webster's New World Roget's A-Z Thesaurus" REVIEW
Need a word in a hurry? Look no further than "Webster's New World Roget's A-Z Thesaurus." Combining the traditional Roget's-style thematic index with the convenient alphabetic organization of the modern lexicon, it's a veritable orgy of synonymy.

"The Y2K Personal Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Get from This Side of the Crisis to the Other"
by Michael S. Hyatt
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Scrupulously researched, "The Y2K Personal Survival Guide" offers everything you need to cope with the difficulties the millennium bug will bring. Will Y2K be the end of the world as we know it? It's doubtful, but this book will help you anticipate and prepare for all contingencies.

"Emily Post's Etiquette"
by Peggy Post
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Good manners are as important today as they were in 1922, when Emily Post first came out with the definitive book on etiquette. In the 16th edition of this fine book, great- granddaughter Peggy Post takes manners into the information age, covering e-mail, cell phones, and all the other impedimenta of our high-tech times.

"The Elements of Style"
by William Strunk and E.B. White
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Composition teachers throughout the English-speaking world have been pushing "The Elements of Style" on their students since it was first published in 1957. Coauthor White later revised it, and it remains the most compact and lucid handbook we have for the basic principles of composition, grammar, word usage and misusage, and writing style.

"Kaplan GMAT CAT 1999-2000"
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The GMAT Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) doesn't have to be scary. If you know what to expect, you'll have the edge, and "Kaplan GMAT CAT 1999-2000" will fill you in on everything you need to know to do your best. Introducing the test and all of its sections, Kaplan staffers break it down into manageable bits, explaining how the questions are written and the best strategies for selecting the right answers.

"Who's Afraid of Schrodinger's Cat?"
by Ian Marshall and Danah Zohar
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Does quantum theory make you queasy? Confused about chaos theory? Wondering why Schrodinger keeps his cat in a box in the first place? Ian Marshall and Danah Zohar present a highly readable excursion through the dizzying, topsy-turvy world of modern physics, in "Who's Afraid of Schrodinger's Cat?" Better break out the Dramamine.

"Never Enough Words"
by Jeffrey McQuain
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Much to the chagrin of the British, American English has contributed hundreds of colorful words and phrases to our shared language. Linguistics maven and Shakespeare scholar Jeffrey McQuain explores why we Americans say what we say in "Never Enough Words." Just what the heck is a sogdollager, anyway?

"Speaker's Lifetime Library"
by Leonard and Thelma Spinrad
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Most people rank public speaking right up there with trips to the dentist and IRS audits. Packed with great ideas for speeches, Leonard and Thelma Spinrad's "Speaker's Lifetime Library" takes some of the jitters out of the process. Now all you have to worry about is stumbling over the microphone cord.

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"Random House Webster's Crossword Puzzle Dictionary"
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What's a 10-letter word meaning garland? We suggest picking up a copy of the "Random House Webster's Crossword Puzzle Dictionary" before filling in the boxes. From the capital of Greenland to Hephaestus's wife, you'll find a myriad of fascinating and obscure facts--and you just might finish that darned puzzle this time.

"Webster's New World Roget's A-Z Thesaurus"
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Effective communication depends on a rich vocabulary. "Webster's New World Roget's A-Z Thesaurus" is one of the best on the market, with thousands of definitions, synonyms, and cross-references. Especially nice are the synonym studies, where you can find just the right shades of meaning.

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"Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary"
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The 1998 10th edition of "Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary" marks the 100th anniversary of this distinguished and popular reference standard, and this is more than just an interesting statistic--it means that Merriam-Webster brings years of experience and reams of citation files to the creation of this latest edition.

"The Official Guide for GMAT Review"
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"The Official Guide for GMAT Review" is the only study guide on the market with real--though retired--questions from previous GMATs. Published by the Educational Testing Service and the Graduate Management Admission Council (the organizations that administer the GMAT), this book is an excellent guide to the kinds of questions likely to appear on your exam--because they've appeared on exams already!

"Kovels' Antiques & Collectibles Price List 1999"
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This exhaustive price guide, put together by antiques experts Ralph and Terry Kovel, has something for everybody, from Regency sideboards to Aladdin lunchboxes. With Kovels' in hand, you will be more than well-equipped to find the bargain that is hiding under everyone else's nose.

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"America Online for Dummies"
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America Online connects millions of people worldwide and to the World Wide Web. AOL is easy to set up, fun to use, and affordable, making it an excellent connectivity choice. "America Online for Dummies" shows you how to get online with AOL and how to get the most enjoyment and productivity from it.

"Forgotten English"
by Jeffrey Kacirk
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Some think that the obsolescing of words from the English language is a sorry indication of its constant decline. But Jeffrey Kacirk, the author of "Forgotten English," suggests that "the richness and maturity of a language may be gauged by the volume and quality of words it can afford to lose." But honestly, do we really want to lose a word as great as "farctate?"

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