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This all-in-one reference is a quick and easy way for book, magazine, online, academic, and business writers to look up sticky punctuation questions for all styles including AP (Associated Press), MLA (Modern Language Association), APA (American Psychological Association), and Chicago Manual of Style.

Punctuate with Confidence—No Matter the Style

Confused about punctuation? There’s a reason. Everywhere you turn, publications seem to follow different rules on everything from possessive apostrophes to hyphens to serial commas. Then there are all the gray areas of punctuation—situations the rule books gloss over or never mention at all. At last, help has arrived.
 
This complete reference guide from grammar columnist June Casagrande covers the basic rules of punctuation plus the finer points not addressed anywhere else, offering clear answers to perplexing questions about semicolons, quotation marks, periods, apostrophes, and more. Better yet, this is the only guide that uses handy icons to show how punctuation rules differ for book, news, academic, and science styles—so you can boldly switch between essays, online newsletters, reports, fiction, and magazine and news articles.

This handbook also features rulings from an expert “Punctuation Panel” so you can see how working pros approach sticky situations. And the second half of the book features an alphabetical master list of commonly punctuated terms worth its weight in gold, combining rulings from the major style guides and showing exactly where they differ. With The Best Punctuation Book, Period, you’ll be able to handle any punctuation predicament in a flash—and with aplomb.

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Ridiculously useful. The best book on punctuation I’ve ever seen.
—Mignon Fogarty , author of Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

Invaluable reference work for professional proofreaders, editors, and writers because it is the only book that presents Chicago, AP, APA, and MLA conventions side by side. (Acronym-free translation: for each use of each punctuation mark, this book clearly explains and illustrates the practices used by book publishers, the news media, social science publications, and nonscientific academic papers and journal articles.)
—Amy Einsohn, author of The Copyeditor’s Handbook


About the Author

JUNE CASAGRANDE is the author of the weekly syndicated “A Word, Please” grammar column and a copy editor for the custom publishing department of the Los Angeles Times. She has worked as a reporter, features writer, city editor, proofreader, and copyediting instructor for UC San Diego Extension. She is the author of Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies, Mortal Syntax, and It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences. She lives in Pasadena, California, with her husband. Visit www.junecasagrande.com.

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Introduction: Punctuation Is Easy, Except When It’s Not
Punctuate this:
In general the writer who did well in college earning As and Bs knows that a young aspiring middle grade novelist has an equally good reason to join the writers group because what it is is a line up of super creative people who for conscience sake treat it like a sub group of their audience to gauge the readers sensibilities and practice copy editing something they started in the 1960s and 70s because it was in the founders words far out

Did you put a comma after in general? Did you put commas after writer, college, Bs, and group? Did you put apostrophes in A’s, B’s, writers’, conscience’, readers’, ’ 70s, and founder’s? Did you put hyphens in middle-grade, super-creative, and sub-group? Did you put a dash before something? Did you put quotation marks around far out but insert a period between the word out and the closing quotation mark?

If so, your passage probably looks a lot like this:
In general, the writer, who did well in college, earning A’s and B’s, knows that a young aspiring middle-grade novelist has an equally good reason to join the writers’ group, because what it is is a line up of super-creative people who for conscience’ sake treat it like a sub-group of their audience to gauge the readers’ sensibilities and practice copy editing—something they started
in the 1960s and ’70s because it was, in the founder’s words,
“far out.”

And you might think your polished, carefully punctuated passage is perfect. But you’d be wrong. 
The Los Angeles Times would disagree with your apostrophes in A’s and B’s. Per that newspaper, it should be A’s and Bs. The Chicago Manual of Style would disagree on different grounds: in that style, it should be As and Bs. Any book editor would swiftly change your copy editing to copyediting. Then there’s your punctuation of “far out.” Most editors outside the United States would swap the places of your period and closing quotation mark.

It gets worse: your punctuation marks could even be creating factual errors. The writer, who did well in college refers to someone different than does the writer who did well in college. That comma changes the identity of the subject and even the number of people it represents because the writer who did well in college can refer to every student who did well in college. 

Are you really sure that just one founder called it far out? Or could those be the founders’ words? How sure are you that you’re talking about the readers’ sensibilities and not the reader’s sensibilities? Are you certain you want to leave line up as two unhyphenated words? Are you confident that an em dash is a better choice for setting off that final thought than parentheses or a colon? How would you explain your choice to leave a comma out of what it is is?

How would you feel if, after leaving a comma out of young aspiring middle-grade novelist, you saw a highly respected publication use the same phrase except with a comma after young?

On the surface, punctuation is simple stuff: a system of clear, well-documented rules we all learned in school. But when you sit down to write an article or a story or a business email or a blog post, suddenly it’s not so simple. One after another, situations arise in which the basic rules you thought you knew are no help at all. If you start looking for answers, it can get even more confusing. One of the most well-respected and influential style guides in the country will tell you to put just one comma in red, white and blue. But if you take that as gospel, you’ll be lost when you notice that nearly every book you pick up prefers to throw in another comma before the and, writing it red, white, and blue.
And heaven help you if you start paying attention to how professional editors use hyphens. The truth is, punctuation can be very difficult. Professional writers don’t know it all. Even professional editors look things up, debate them with colleagues, and are sometimes still left guessing.

No one knows everything there is to know about every punctuation mark, and no one is expected to. But that leaves any amateur or professional writer to ask: So what am I expected to know? Will I look stupid if I put a comma here or an apostrophe there? Or do even professional editors share my confusion on this matter?
A lot of people assume that there’s a single correct answer for every punctuation conundrum. Either a comma belongs in a certain spot or it doesn’t. Either the possessive of James is formed by adding an apostrophe plus an s, or it’s formed by adding the apostrophe alone.

The good news here is also the bad news: often there’s more than one right answer. Whether to use a certain punctuation mark can be a matter of choice—the writer’s way of emphasizing his meaning, creating rhythm, or making the words more pleasing to the eye. Other times these questions boil down to a matter of style—the kind with a capital S that’s laid down by one of the publishing world’s official playbooks. Still other times, there is only one correct choice, and if you fail to choose it, you can inadvertently change your meaning.

The goal of this book is let you punctuate every sentence, even those that fall into the gray areas of punctuation rules or style differences, with complete confidence.

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NelMaff
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This is an excellent book and answers a lot of questions for writers
Reviewed in the United States on December 3, 2017
This is an excellent book and answers a lot of questions for writers, editors, and proofreaders. The one thing I don''t understand is why the author didn''t include information about pronouns when she described the parts of speech. There are eight parts of speech and she left... See more
This is an excellent book and answers a lot of questions for writers, editors, and proofreaders. The one thing I don''t understand is why the author didn''t include information about pronouns when she described the parts of speech. There are eight parts of speech and she left out pronouns and interjections. Aside from that, it''s a very useful reference.
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Vaughn
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An excellent resource book for punctuation.
Reviewed in the United States on April 16, 2018
“The best punctuation book, period” by June Casagrande has as a subtitle “A Comprehensive Guide for Every Writer, Editor, Student, and Businessperson.” I underscore “comprehensive” because the author does, indeed, (properly placed commas?) show how punctuation varies among... See more
“The best punctuation book, period” by June Casagrande has as a subtitle “A Comprehensive Guide for Every Writer, Editor, Student, and Businessperson.” I underscore “comprehensive” because the author does, indeed, (properly placed commas?) show how punctuation varies among style guides such as the Chicago Manual of Style, New York Times and others. Which one is correct? Casagrande says, It depends on your style guide. Here is the goal that Casagrande presents for her excellent book.

From the book’s Introduction:

This book attempts to provide answers for users in every punctuation situation in any of four major styles: book style, as reflected by The Chicago Manual of Style and its designated dictionary Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate; news style, as indicated by Associated Press Stylebook and its designated dictionary, Webster’s New World College Dictionary; science style, as influenced by the American Psychological Association and its preferred dictionary, Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate; and academic style, as outlined by the Modern Language Association, which does not designate a dictionary.

I found this book helpful for understanding how punctuation varies among publications. Also, I am encouraged to not be open to the flexibility of the English style and usage.
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Annice Laws
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A golden reference resource
Reviewed in the United States on March 31, 2019
This book is a proofreader''s dream. It''s very comprehensive, with an excellent explanation of the four major editing styles and when they are used included in the introductory chapters and throughout the book. It''s formatted in such a way that the different punctuation... See more
This book is a proofreader''s dream. It''s very comprehensive, with an excellent explanation of the four major editing styles and when they are used included in the introductory chapters and throughout the book. It''s formatted in such a way that the different punctuation rules of each editing style are presented side by side, so you can easily compare, for example, how AP uses commas verses how Chicago style does. Full-sentence examples of each style are included for almost every rule. Each section of the book has "tabs" printed on the page edge so you can quickly fan through to the punctuation element you need to check. The author even includes professional guidelines for the gray areas via the decisions of a panel of punctuation experts. I keep this book at my side as I write or proof for quick, trustworthy reference when I am in doubt about something, and I''m so more productive as a result, because I don''t need to comb through a thick style guide to find what I''m looking for. Really glad I made the purchase and can''t recommend it enough.
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imotameka
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Great quick and easy resource!
Reviewed in the United States on July 30, 2020
This is a great book if you want something for a quick answer. I am a writer and although I have the Chicago Manual of Style, it is a large book with a wealth of knowledge: that doesn''t mean I want to use that hefty book every time I am unsure about something. So this is a... See more
This is a great book if you want something for a quick answer. I am a writer and although I have the Chicago Manual of Style, it is a large book with a wealth of knowledge: that doesn''t mean I want to use that hefty book every time I am unsure about something. So this is a convenient companion to that Bible for writers. Casagrande''s rules and recommendations are based on: The Chicago Manual of Style, Associated Press Stylebook, Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Merriam-Webster''s Collegiate Dictionary, and Webster''s New World College Dictionary.
She defines punctuation marks, tells you how to use them, then gives examples for how they are used in book editing, news media and business writing, science, and academic styles.
There is a useful Appendix with great definitions and examples covering parts of speech: clauses, phrases, sentences, and sentence fragments. A Punctuation A-Z chapter which is like an index or cheat sheet for further usage examples.
Also, in case you need more evidence of how invaluable this book is, she used the help of a panel of experts. They are professional editors, copyeditors, and agents.
This is a great book to add to your home library. If it had exercises at the end of each chapter, I would have given it 5stars.
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One Degree LifeTop Contributor: Photography
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Excellent for journalists/students/writers
Reviewed in the United States on April 27, 2020
I purchased this book as well as "Grammar 101" (hardcover) from Amazon. While I prefer the print quality and simplicity of the "101" book better for quick references, this is an indispensable tool, and if you write across various styles, it''s the better of the two for... See more
I purchased this book as well as "Grammar 101" (hardcover) from Amazon. While I prefer the print quality and simplicity of the "101" book better for quick references, this is an indispensable tool, and if you write across various styles, it''s the better of the two for sure.

This book breaks down grammatical and punctuation references and if there are variations in preference between styles, say AP and MLA or Chicago, it offers a handy quick-reference tool to illustrate those differences.

I''ve been a sports and humanitarian photojournalist for nearly two decades and frequently use AP and MLA styles. In addition, I''ve begun dabbling in novel writing and the book styles are becoming increasingly helpful.

If you just want a quick writing reference, I recommend "101" for it''s simplicity and elegant layout. If you need to dig deeper into writing variations, grab this one. Better yet, get both!
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Chris Rodell
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Fun, informative and indispensable, period.
Reviewed in the United States on November 3, 2014
This is the first grammar book I enjoy picking up just to browse. It''s full of unexpected surprises that''ll brighten and clarify everyone''s writing. The book breaks down each challenge into all the prevailing styles: book editing, news media and business, science, and... See more
This is the first grammar book I enjoy picking up just to browse. It''s full of unexpected surprises that''ll brighten and clarify everyone''s writing. The book breaks down each challenge into all the prevailing styles: book editing, news media and business, science, and academic style recommended for college papers and academic articles.

So if you''re confused about whether "half dollar" is preferable to "half-dollar," you''ll see that "half dollar" has both the circled "B" (books) and "N" (news); and that "half-dollar" is the usage you''d find in "S" (science).

Besides that, it''s just fun.

Part II is "Punctuation A-Z" and provides a board game sort of appeal that allow aficionados to test themselves and one another with playful challenges.

There''s hundreds of simple entries like "airhead, airheaded," and their preferred uses. Need super heroic help? Check out the spelling of "Batman," "Superman, supermen," or "superhero." And that''s "for Pete''s sake."

And many of the listings are just like that. Uncluttered spellings and the formats for which each is preferred.

The comprehensive listing also includes a salty mix of handy profanities that''ll leave stuffier grammar guides huffing, "WTF?"

The book belongs on every desk of every writing discipline.

One quibble: It''s mistitled.

The book shouldn''t be called, "The best punctuation book, period." It should be called, "The best punctuation book, period. Exclamation point!"
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Sometimes A Book Is Preferable To Searching Online
Reviewed in the United States on March 6, 2017
This book has helped me with writing a story. I know you can find most everything online, but tire of always doing the searches and then having to weed out the bad results.
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A handy reference, easy to search
Reviewed in the United States on September 30, 2016
A handy reference: easy to search and consult on a particular question; fun to read out of curiosity or boredom; delightful to know which rule you''re willfully violating. Bottom line here is that if you''re not trampling somebody''s rule for punctuation or spelling, than... See more
A handy reference: easy to search and consult on a particular question; fun to read out of curiosity or boredom; delightful to know which rule you''re willfully violating. Bottom line here is that if you''re not trampling somebody''s rule for punctuation or spelling, than you''re not writing English. This book will show you who''s group you''re offending at least on the punctuation side of things.
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David Hackett
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Overtly American - Not English.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 9, 2020
All I wanted was an English book on English Punctuation but this book is overtly American, not English.
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Very American
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 26, 2021
Be aware that this book is for the American Market and spellings are not the correct English.
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It''s good
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 26, 2020
It''s in American English.
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Sue Neal
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Great grammar book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 2, 2017
Excellent grammar book. Rules illustrated with tons of examples.
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Beautifully written and this time it is on Punctuation
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Another book by June Casagrande. Beautifully written and this time it is on Punctuation.
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