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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (17 May 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062652613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062652614
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 1.6 x 18.1 cm
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“A revelation in remix; a book of joyous recombinations.” (Robin Sloan, New York Times bestselling author of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore)

Dictionary Stories isn’t just a book for word nerds, but for anyone for whom language and story matter. Everybody, A-Z, will find themselves thoroughly in love with this book.” (Kory Stamper, lexicographer and editor for Merriam-Webster, and author of Word by Word)

“Jez has long been one of my favorite illustrators, and now he comes up with Dictionary Stories—sentences stolen from dictionaries and pasted together into tiny, delightful narratives. A brilliant literary remix.” (Austin Kleon, New York Times bestselling author of Steal Like an Artist)

“Until you read Dictionary Stories, you’ll never understand just how weird the dictionary really is. Jez Burrows’ Dictionary Stories is all of human emotion and experience, handily arranged in alphabetical order” (Erin McKean, former editor of the New Oxford American Dictionary and founder of Wordnik)

“Brilliantly, brazenly fun. Like a cabaret for word lovers.” (Sean Michaels, author of Giller Prize-winning novel Us Conductors)

“Burrows has a talent for a delightfully askew existentialism… The stories are wickedly short but exquisitely rendered, accompanied by whimsical, minimalist illustrations by the author. A fabulist remix of the English language and a tribute to clever lexicographers everywhere.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“[An] entirely original collection… With a deft eye for depth and irony, Burrows plucks seemingly inane phrases…and arranges them into haunting, hilarious, and human minidramas.” (Booklist)

“Uproarious and ingenious… What sounds like mere novelty turns out to be a revelation in Burrows’s hands, as unlikely sentences generate even more unlikely narratives. Dictionary Stories is a joyful celebration of idiosyncrasy and invention.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“Chaotically engaging...exemplary...majestic.” (KQED)

“A serendipitous reading experience...Burrows challenges our ideas of the writing process and unpacks our understanding of what is literary.” (Ploughshares)


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