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Alphabet Juice: The Energies, Gists, and Spirits of Letters, Words, and Combinations Thereof; Their Roots, Bones, Innards, Piths, Pips, and Secret Parts, ... With Examples of Their Usage Foul and Savory

2 Ratings: 4.0
A book by Roy Blount Jr.

Starred Review. Blount (Long Time Leaving) is a contributing editor to theAtlantic Monthly, a regular panelist on NPR'sWait Wait... Don't Tell Me!quiz show and a usage consultant to theAmerican Heritage Dictionary. He displays his pleasure in words with … see full wiki

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Author: Roy Blount Jr.
Genre: Reference
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
2 reviews about Alphabet Juice: The Energies, Gists, and...
review by . April 30, 2009
Normally, when I encounter a book whose subtitle consists of 32 words, I am reluctant to read it but that was not true of Alphabet Juice because I have read most of Roy Blount Jr.'s 20 previously published books and many of his articles. Accompanying Blount on any of his literary escapades always suggests to me what it would be like to be part of an exploration group co-led by Huckleberry Finn, Lewis Carroll, and Bill Bryson. That was especially true as I began to read Alphabet Juice in which Blount …
review by . December 15, 2008
This wasn't quite as brilliant as the first chapter, included as teaser in the New Work Times book review a few weeks ago, led me to expect. But there is plenty of good stuff to cheer and amuse the reader.    The book is formatted like a dictionary, in which each entry is an idiosyncratic riff by Blount on some aspect of the alphabet, words, the English language, language generally, or English usage. (Blount is a member of the American Heritage Dictionary usage panel.)    Wha …
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