The examples and exercises in Better Sentence-Writing In 30 Minutes a Day were drawn from the following sources. Books are arranged alphabetically by title; magazine and newspaper articles are arranged alphabetically by article title.


The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, ed. William Morris, American Heritage Publishing Co., Inc., and Houghton Mifflin Company, New York, 1975.

The Best by Peter Passell and Leonard Ross, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 1974.

Black Leaders of the Twentieth Century, University of Illinois Press, Urbana, Illinois, 1982.

The Book of Firsts by Patrick Robertson, Bramhall House, Crown Publishers, Inc., New York, 1982.

The Book of Lists #3 by Amy Wallace, David Wallechinsky, and Irving Wallace, William Morrow and Company, Inc., New York, 1983.

Can Elephants Swim? by Robert M. Jones, Time-Life Books, New York, 1969.

Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat by Alvin Schwartz and Glen Rounds, J.B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia and New York, 1974.

The Dance Encyclopedia by Anatole Chujoy and P.W. Manchester, Simon and Schuster, New York, 1967.

Deep Song: The Dance Story of Martha Graham by Ernestine Stodelle, Schirmer Books, New York, 1984.

Dick Clark’s The First 25 Years of Rock & Roll by Michael Uslan and Bruce Solomon, Delacorte Press, New York, 1981.

Encyclopaedia Britannica, Volumes 7 and 22, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc., William Benton, Publisher, Chicago, 1963.

The Encyclopedia of Sports by Frank G. Menke, A. S. Barnes and Company, New York, 1960.

From Slavery to Freedom: A History of Negro Americans, 4th ed., by John Hope Franklin, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1974.

The Great American Sports Book by George Gipe, A Dolphin Book, Doubleday & Company, Inc., Garden City, New York, 1978.

The Healing Heart by Norman Cousins, W. W. Norton & Company, New York, 1983.

The Heart of Hollywood by Bob Thomas, Price/Stern/Sloan Publishers, Inc., Los Angeles, California, 1971.

How to Raise a Street-Smart Child by Grace Hechinger, Facts On File Publications, New York, 1984.

Incredible Animals, A to Z, National Wildlife Federation, 1985.

Joan Embery’s Collection of Amazing Animal Facts by Joan Embery with Ed Lucaire, Delacorte Press, New York, 1983.

Knock on Wood: An Encyclopedia of Talismans, Charms, Superstitions & Symbols, Carole Potter, Beaufort Books, Inc., New York, 1983.

Life-spans, Or, How Long Things Last by Frank Kendig and Richard Hutton, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York, 1979.

Linden Hills by Gloria Naylor, Ticknor & Fields, New York, 1985.

The Misunderstood Child by Larry B. Silver, McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York, 1984.

More FYI, For Your Information, ed. Nat Brandt, M. Evans and Company, Inc., New York, 1983.

The People’s Almanac #2 by David Wallechinsky and Irving Wallace, Bantam Books, New York, 1978.

The People’s Almanac #3 by David Wallechinsky and Irving Wallace, Bantam Books, New York, 1981

Pictorial History of American Sports by John Durant and Otto Bettmann, A. S. Barnes and Company, New York, 1952.

The Presidents, Tidbits & Trivia by Sid Frank and Arden Davis Melick, Greenwich House, a division of Arlington House, Inc., distributed by Crown Publishers, Inc., New York, 1984.

The Quintessential Quiz Book by Norman G. Hickman, St. Martin’s Press, New York, 1979.

Race Matters by Cornel West, Beacon Press, Boston, 1993.

The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll, eds. Jon Pareles and Patricia Romanowski, Rolling Stone Press/Summit Books, New York, 1983.

The Rule Book by Stephen M. Kirschner, Barry J. Pavelec, and Jeffrey Feinman, A Dolphin Book, Doubleday & Company, Inc., Garden City, New York, 1979.

Speaker’s Treasury of Anecdotes About the Famous by James C. Humes, Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc., New York, 1978.

Stay Tuned, A Concise History of American Broadcasting by Christopher H. Sterling and John M. Kittros, Wadsworth Publishing Co., Belmont, California, 1978.

This Day in Sports by John G. Fetros, Newton K. Gregg, Publisher, Novato, California, 1974.

Van Gogh by Gerald E. Finley, Tudor Publishing Company, New York, 1966.

The Westerners by Dee Brown, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York, 1974.

Your Five-Year-Old, Sunny, and Serene by Louise Bates Ames and Frances L. Ilg, A Delta Book, Dell Publishing Co., Inc., 1979.

Magazine and Newspaper Articles

“A Cutthroat Business,” by Philip Jacobson, Connoisseur, December 1994.

“A Sense of Control,” by Elizabeth Hall, Psychology Today, December 1984.

“A very special crystal: Mystique of diamonds still endures,” by Dennis R. Getto, The Milwaukee Journal, April 24, 1985.

“After 73 Years, a Titanic Find,” Time, September 16, 1985.

“An aching America,” UPI, The Milwaukee Journal, October 22, 1985.

“An Ancient ’Nuclear Winter,’” by Sharon Begley, Newsweek, October 14, 1985.

“Bakelite Envy, Depression-Era Plastic Costume Jewelry Has Become a Hot Item,” by Andrea DiNoto, Connoisseur, July 1985.

“Coffee trivia,” The Milwaukee Journal, April 24, 1985.

“Death of an American Icon,” by Jack Kroll, Newsweek, August 23, 1982.

“Facing up to feelings: Your expressions may trigger physical reactions,” Los Angeles Times service, The Milwaukee Journal, June 18, 1985.

“Ferrets fancied by city dwellers,” by Caroline Nichols, Milwaukee Sentinel, October 7, 1985.

“Fish—For Health,” Vogue, July 1985.

“Following in the footsteps of Rachel Carson,” by Robert W. Smith, USA Today, April 5, 1985.

“For every region, a special food,” by Dan Sperling, USA Today, October 8, 1985.

“Getting there without motion sickness,” by Cynthia Dennis, The Milwaukee Journal, April 29, 1985.

“Houses from Sears,” by Nelson Groffman, Country Living, June 1984.

“Little Swamis,” by Claire Warga, Psychology Today, January 1985.

“Looking for Mr. Good Bear,” Newsweek, December 24, 1984.

“Mabel K. Staupers and the Integration of Black Nurses into the Armed Forces,” by Darlene Clark Hine, in Black Leaders of the Twentieth Century, eds. John Hope Franklin and August Meier, University of Illinois Press, Urbana, Illinois, 1982.

“Manhattan Serenade,” by David Ansen, Newsweek, February 3, 1986.

“Name Calling,” by Harris Dienstfrey, Psychology Today, January 1983.

“New Bodies For Sale,” Newsweek, May 27, 1985.

“Nuclear Winter and Carbon Dioxide,” by John Maddox, Nature, December 13, 1984.

“Nutty pets often the owner’s fault.” UPI. The Milwaukee Sentinel, April 26, 1985.

“Overachievers—When Toil Gets Them in Trouble,” Vogue, May 1985.

“Pets can pose problems.” UPI, The Milwaukee Journal, June 9, 1985.

“Pulitzer winner tapped as U.S. poet laureate,” AP, The Ann Arbor News, May 19, 1993.

“Rah, rah, rah: As spirit grows, so do souvenir sales,” UPI, The Milwaukee Journal, April 11, 1985.

“Remember Them?” Jacquelyn Mitchard, The Milwaukee Journal, March 17, 1985.

“Ruth Gordon: her life and work had ’this zing,’” by Michael Gordon, Washington Post Service, The Milwaukee Journal, August 31, 1985.

“The Secret Payoff of Hypochondria,” Vogue, August 1983.

“So THAT’S what it was!” by Michael Bauman, The Milwaukee Journal, October 2, 1985.

“Strong, special bond sustains sisters through life,” by Barbara Bisantz Raymond, USA Today, August 8, 1983.

“They’re still making 501 jeans the old-fashioned way,” The Milwaukee Journal, April 17, 1985.

“Thieves like popular cars, too,” The Milwaukee Journal, May 4, 1985.

“Titanic: The questions remain,” Duane Valentry, copyright 1985 Duane Valentry, News America Syndicate, The Milwaukee Journal, April 15, 1985.

“To Sleep, Perchance to Dream,” by Elizabeth Stark, Psychology Today, October 1984.

“The US trivia team has a quiz for you,” by Gary C. Rummler, The Milwaukee Journal, June 12, 1985.

“Washington married into money,” AP, The Milwaukee Journal, April 29, 1985.

“What Makes a Top Executive?” by Morgan W. McCall, Jr., and Michael M. Lombardo, Psychology Today, February 1983.

“What’s black and orange and scary?” by Tony Staffieri, The Milwaukee Journal, October 17, 1985.

“Will the Real Impostor Please Stand Up?” by Jeff Meer, Psychology Today, April 1985.