Can a grammar/usage/style book be “cute”? Usually not, but this one manages – well, at least if you’re into grammar/usage/style books.
This book is a short compilation of some questions and answers taken from the website of The Chicago Manual of Style. Basically, most of the answers tend towards advice along the lines of “follow common sense,” “do what makes the text most readable,” and “convention often outweighs logic.” But many of the answers are quite humorous, such as in this exchange:
Or this one:
There is plenty of “actual” advice of course, such as guidance for citing URLs, illustrations, album names, abbreviations, and so on.
Evaluation: To be honest, unless you write, edit, or publish, you probably would not find this book all that essential for your happiness. Jim and I are both kind of nerdy, however, and enjoyed it quite a bit.
Published by The University of Chicago Press, 2016