Books for copy editors:


The Best of Newspaper Design

Tim Harrower, The Newspaper Designer's Handbook, McGraw Hill

Ellis, Barbara. "The Copy-Editing and Headline Handbook"

Judd, Karen. "Copy Editing: A Practical Guide"


The American Heritage Book of English Usage

The Associated Press stylebook

Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable.

Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words

The Columbia Guide to Standard American English

"Words on Words" by John B. Bremner

Descriptionary: A Thematic Dictionary, Marc McCutcheon

"The Elephants of Style" by Bill Walsh

"The Evasion English Dictionary"

"Garner's Modern American Usage" by Bryan Garner

Gregg Reference Manual: A Manual of Style, Grammar, Usage and Formatting by William A. Sabin

The Handbook of Nonsexist Writing

New York Times style guide

Oxford Dictionary of Allusions

"The Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Style"

Oxford Dictionary of Word Histories

The Reader Over Your Shoulder: A Handbook for Writers of English Prose, by Robert Graves and Alan Hodge.

Rodale's Synonym Finder

Burchfield, "The New Fowler's Modern English Usage"

Fiske, Robert Hartwell. "Dimwit's Dictionary; 5,000 Overused Words and Phrases and Alternatives to Them"

Hale, Constance. "Sin and Syntax"

O'Conner, Patricia T. "Woe is I; The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English"

Strunk and White. "Elements of Style"

Urdang, Laurence. "The Whole Ball of Wax"

Valentine, Tamara M. "Language and Prejudice"

Barbara Walraff's "Word Court"

Walsh, Bill. "Lapsing into a Comma"