Book Recommendations

Book Recommendations for Writers February 2018

This month we’ve explored the works of four influential scholars on public rhetorics. From writing tactics to self-reflexive community engagement, from writing clearly to writing ethically, this month’s book recommendations offer valuable advice on how to do the work of public writing. Take a look at this month’s book picks for writers:

Tactics of Hope by Paula Mathieu

Paula Mathieu’s Tactics of Hope suggests a world where words bridge the gap between the university and the public, and where local needs direct writing outcomes. It is her call for hope, “grounded in imaginative acts and projects, including art and writing, as vehicles for invoking a better future,” that makes Mathieu’s work a favorite at Untold this month.

–Mandy Watts, Untold

Do I Make Myself Clear? by Harold Evans

Former editor of The Times of London, Harold Evans, has captured our attention as he battles against metaphorical “zombies, flesh-eaters, and pleonasms” in the written world in his book Do I Make Myself Clear? Equal parts practical writing guide and witty commentary, Evans’ work reminds us of the challenges faced when we write, and kindly offers advice for how to do so with precision and clarity.

–Dani Clark, Untold

The Struggle and the Tools by Ellen Cushman 

This month, we’re revisiting one of our favorite discussions about public rhetoric. Ellen Cushman’s The Struggle and the Tools challenges writing teachers to step outside of the classroom once in awhile to provide resources to the communities they are beholden to. Cushman’s honest advice on how to empower local contexts without dominating the space should resound with anyone invested in the role that writing plays in civic engagement.

–Mandy Watts, Untold

What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund

Conversations this month at Untold Content have been largely prompted by Peter Mendelsund’s uniquely illustrated exploration into the reading experience, What We See When We Read. His book has us reflecting about our childhood reading experiences as compared to now and how the way we read continues to influence our writing. We encourage you to reflect alongside us as you visualize and read Mendelsund’s book!

–Dani Clark, Untold

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