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The Curious Writer By Bruce Ballenger. Textbook Review By Cole Gustafson 11/18/10 A.D. Every century or so, a book comes along that challenges everything we think we know about the world…. Sorry, I meant the good one…. No, I meant the really good one…. But seriously….

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the curious writer by bruce ballenger

The Curious WriterBy Bruce Ballenger

Textbook Review

By Cole Gustafson

11/18/10 A.D.

Every century or so, a book comes along that challenges everything we thinkweknow about the world…

“A work so provocative that I now consider myself tri-curious.”

The New York Review of Books

“Bruce Ballenger has only one thing left to say, ‘You’re Welcome, World.’”

The Atlantic Monthly

“A mythology unto itself. I can’t wait for the prequel to come out.”

J.K. Rowling

“The Curious Writer makes my commas come off.”

Cormac McCarthy

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  • 3rd Edition
  • Divided into 14 Chapters
  • 715 pages
  • 4 Helpful Appendices (The Writing Portfolio, The Literature Review, The Annotated Bibliography, The Essay Exam).
  • A Complete Grammatical Handbook (close to 100 pages of topics dealing with everything from parallel sentences to restrictive modifiers to tips for ESL Writers– shout out to Ari and L-Dub here, Hey guys!)
  • The “Concise” Edition is $46 on Amazon
  • The “Brief” Edition is $75 (a difference of 300 pages between the two). These are paperback copies. Not quite as cool as the hardback going around right now.

This is the part of the presentation where Cole talks about some of the specific features of the textbook. This segment is not as nearly as exciting as the previous parts nor the parts to follow so you are encouraged to nod your head in feigned wonder and light ‘em if you got ‘em. Also, feel free to ponder how awesome The Black Eyed Peas are.

Yes, really, that many stars. In fact, so infatuated am I that I’ve decided to take things to the next level…
cole love the curious writer
Cole Love The Curious Writer

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