National Book Month: Editing Staff Favorites

National Book Month: Editing Staff Favorites

Editing Staff Favorites

In recognition of National Book Month and the many reading-related events celebrated in October, Econometrica’s editors have assembled a short list of some of their favorite reads related to editing and writing. Check out their recommendations and let us know your favorites!

Our favorite books for practical and humorous advice on editing and writing:

  1. Eats, Shoots & Leaves, by Lynne Truss. A manifesto on proper punctuation with hilarious examples of punctuation gone awry. Includes stickers.
  2. The Elements of Style, by William Strunk, Jr., and E. B. White. This classic style guide lays bare the elementary rules and principles of composition.
  3. On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction, by William Zinsser. This how-to book bolsters writing technique with guidance for business writing, science and technology, sports, travel, humor, and other types of nonfiction.
  4. On Writing, by Stephen King. This half-memoir, half-advice book—while mostly for fiction writers—also contains accessibly written advice for anyone who writes.

If you’re looking for a reference text to open whenever you have a nitpicky question, Kurt von Tish recommends the following book, as well as an essay that reviews it:

  1. Garner’s Modern American Usage, by Bryan A. Garner. A thorough usage and style guide structured like a dictionary.
  2. Consider the Lobster and Other Essays, by David Foster Wallace. A collection of essays that includes “Authority and American Usage,” which reviews Garner’s Modern American Usage and discusses the difference between descriptive and prescriptive approaches to usage. Yes, another essay in the same collection ponders the ethics of boiling lobsters.

Jonathan Fusfield endorses these two books on journalism:

  1. All the President’s Men, by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward. Two reporters chronicle their investigative reporting on the Watergate break-in and the ensuing scandal.
  2. A Firing Offense, by David Ignatius. A novel about a journalist sucked into the world of espionage.

Econometrica’s editors have assembled a short list of some of their favorite reads related to editing and writing.

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National Book Month: Housing & Community Development Staff Favorites

National Book Month: Housing & Community Development Staff Favorites

Housing & Community Development Staff Favorites

In recognition of National Book Month and the many reading related events celebrated in October, members of Econometrica’s Housing and Community Development Group put together a short list of some of their favorite reads related to their sector. Check these recommendations out below and let us know your favorites!

  • The Death and Life of Great American Cities, by Jane Jacobs.
  • City Limits, by Paul E. Peterson.
  • Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do About It, by Richard Reeves.
  • Toxic Inequality: How America’s Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, and Threatens Our Future, by Thomas M. Shapiro.
  • There Goes the ’Hood: Views of Gentrification from the Ground Up, by Lance Freeman.
  • Neighborhoods and Health, by Ichiro Kwachi and Lisa F. Berkman.
  • Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It, by Mindy Fullilove.
  • The Rise of the Creative Class, Revisited, by Richard Florida.
  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond.
  • The Baltimore Rowhouse, by Charles Belfoure and Mary Ellen Hayward.
  • Tally’s Corner, by Elliot Liebow.
  • Classic Essays on the Culture of Cities, Richard Sennett, ed.
  • The Urban Villagers, by Herbert Gans.
  • The Social Order of the Slum, by Gerald Suttles.

 

In recognition of National Book Month and the many reading related events celebrated in October, members of Econometrica’s Housing and Community Development Group put together a short list of some of their favorite reads related to their sector.

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