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The Story of English in 100 Words

by David Crystal Blackstone Publishing (September 01, 2012)

In this unique new history of the world's most ubiquitous language, linguistics expert David Crystal draws on words that best illustrate the huge variety of sources, influences, and events that have helped to...


The N Word

by Jabari Asim & Mirron Willis Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2006)

In The N Word, a renowned cultural critic untangles the twisted history and future of racism through its most volatile word.

In 2003, the book Nigger started an intense conversation about the use and implications...


Talk on the Wild Side

by Lane Greene The Economist (November 06, 2018)

Language is the most human invention. Spontaneous, unruly, passionate, and erratic it resists every attempt to discipline or regularize it--a history celebrated here in all its irreverent glory.

Language is a...


The Book of Human Emotions

by Tiffany Watt Smith & Suzanne Toren Little, Brown & Company (June 07, 2016)

A thoughtful, gleeful encyclopedia of emotions, both broad and outrageously specific, from throughout history and around the world.

How do you feel today? Is your heart fluttering in anticipation? Your stomach...


Walking English

by David Crystal Abrams Press (September 28, 2009)

In this discursive jaunt through the groves and thickets of the English language, David Crystal creates a mesmerizing and entertaining narrative account of his encounters with the language and its speakers....