Essentials of English, Vincent F. Hopper, Cedric Gale, Ronald C. Foote and Benjamin W. Griffith, Barron's. A practical grammar and handbook of effective writing techniques.
The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage, by Allan M. Siegal and William G. Connolly, Three Rivers Press, revised and expanded edition, January 1999. Now everyone can find answers to thousands of questions about writing in the handy alphabetical guide used by the writers and editors of the world's most authoritative newspaper.
A Pocket Guide to Correct Punctuation, Robert Brittain, Barron's. A quick reference for answers to questions on punctuation.
The Elements of Style, William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White, MacMillan Company. Includes rules of usage, principles of composition, and a list of commonly misused words and expressions.
How to [write-. Communicating Ideas and information, Herbert E. Meyer and Jill M. Meyer, Storm King Press. A step-by-step process for writing anything—even thank-you notes.
Write Right!, Jan Venolia, Ten Speed Press. A handy first-aid kit and preventive maintenance manual for the written word.
Writing with Power. Techniques for Mastering the Writing Process, Peter Elbow, Oxford University Press. Method for getting power over yourself and over the writing process; knowing what you really mean; and writing convincingly.