5 great books for the writers in your life

You may need to track down a holiday gift for a writer or editor—even if that scribe is you. Here are some terrific suggestions.

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How about books that can help make his or her job easier?

Here are five titles that any writer will enjoy:

1. “Lifetime Encyclopedia of Letters,” by Harold E. Meyer

This book contains sample letters for “virtually every business and personal letter you’ll ever have to write.” And the author means every letter.

Meyer has letters for telling someone a meeting is unnecessary, firing a babysitter, answering complaints about out-of-control meetings, and complaining about a barking dog. There are samples letters offering congratulations, apologies, and condolences.

I refer to this book when I have to write one of those awkward emails and have no idea where to start.

2. “Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation,” by Lynne Truss

If you only read one book on punctuation, it should be this one. As Frank McCourt said in the foreword:

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