Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy: Review and Giveaway

Have you ever wished there were an advice columnist for writers, but one who didn’t take things so damned seriously? This unique writing guide pairs questions sent in by top contemporary essayists with hilariously witty answers and essays from acclaimed author Dinty W. Moore. Phillip Lopate asks for advice on writing about your ex without sounding like an ass, Julianna Baggott worries that to be a great writer you must drink like a fish, and Roxane Gay asks whether it’s kosher to write about writing.

Taking advantage of all the tools available to today’s personal essayist—egregious puns, embarrassing anecdotes,  and cocktail napkins—Professor Moore answers these questions, and more, demystifying the world of nonfiction once and for all. With a tip of the hat to history’s most infamous essay—Montaigne’s “Of Cannibals”—this book provides rollicking relief for writers in distress.

My Review:
This book was funny, informative, and--most important--fit inside my purse. I adored the little illustrations interspersed in the book, especially when the author chose to write an essay entirely on cocktail napkins. I've never read this author in a newspaper, a fact that is not likely to change as I don't read newspapers, but I'll definitely buy the next book if there is one to make up for it. 
This book is great for aspiring writers, students, teachers, and fans of grammar. The only thing that I didn't enjoy--though I'm not sure if this was a result of the writing or a result of working while reading, but I lost interest towards the end of the book. I found myself scanning longer essays, reading with a poker face instead of trying to keep from giggling as I had with the previous essays.
In full disclosure, I got this book for free from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.

*****GIVEAWAY: I somehow ended up with two copies of this book, so there will be two winners! I'll be picking winners at the end of next week (on October 22) and shipping out on October 30!****

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