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Eats, Shoots and Leaves
by Lynne Truss

Here is a book for punctuation sticklers (such as myself). If you've ever cringed when you see "Your welcome" or gotten worked up about a sign in a store selling "CD's, Video's, DVD's and Book's," then this is the book for you. Truss is very clever in her approach to the subject; you'll want to use semicolons and colons properly: or will you?

And if you're wondering about the title, I'll let the book's jacket explain:

A panda walked into a cafe. He ordered a sandwich, ate it, then pulled out a gun and shot the waiter.

"Why?" groaned the injured man. The panda shrugged, tossed him a badly punctuated wildlife manual and walked out.

And sure enough, when the waiter consulted the book, he found an explanation.

"Panda," ran the entry for his assailant. "Large black and white mammal native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves."

Christopher Moyer
June 1, 2004