Category: Book Review

Book Review: Reading the OED

Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages by Ammon Shea Lexplorers rating: 6.5/10 Amazon.com average customer rating: 4.2/5 I have been on a bit of a lexicography kick lately, starting with some thoughts on words in the National Spelling Bee, and then taking an enjoyable tour through the craft of dictionary-making with Word By Word.  Despite enjoying dictionaries… Read more →

Book Review: Word By Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries

Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper Lexplorers rating: 9.75/10 Amazon.com average customer rating: 4.8/5 I will happily and proudly admit that I love dictionaries.  I have several bookshelves full of dictionaries of all types.   And as an unabashed lexiconnoisseur, I was quite excited to finally get a chance to read Word by Word: The Secret Life of… Read more →

Book Review: Fluent Forever

Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It by Gabriel Wyner Lexplorers rating: 8.5/10 Amazon.com average customer rating: 4.5/5 Language learning can be a lot like exercise and weight loss: most people have tried it and really want to know the secret strategy that will allow them to do it well and with the least amount… Read more →

Book Review: Babel No More

Babel No More: The Search for the World’s Most Extraordinary Language Learners by Michael Erard Lexplorers rating: 9.5/10 Amazon.com average customer rating: 4.0/5     There is a certain appeal to stories about extreme human performance, especially in areas where the reader has personal experience.  Anyone who has tried to run a 5k race can appreciate the accomplishment of someone… Read more →