Rebel with a Clause: Tales and Tips from a Roving Grammarian

HarperAudio. Jul. 2022. 7:37 hrs. ISBN 9781665092999. $26.99. LANG
An unconventional English guide by Jovin, who was a surprise hit four years ago when she set up a folding table on an NYC sidewalk and took grammar questions from all comers. Jovin’s Grammar Table has since taken to the road, completing a nationwide tour in summer 2022. Listeners will learn interesting grammar tidbits, but this is in no way a dry grammar manual. It is just as much an account of her travels and an invitation to be curious, never self-conscious, about grammar. Jovin’s fascination with language is equaled by her easygoing manner, even when confronted by ranting visitors or nonstandard linguistic structures. It was a good choice to have Jovin narrate the audiobook: she reads with such charm and personality, and no actor could capture the grammarian’s openness to every question, complaint, and argument brought to her table.
VERDICT In order to really follow Jovin’s grammar examples, one must download an accompanying PDF, but casual listeners can skip it and still enjoy the ride, thanks to the audiobook’s careful narration in which punctuation and words are spelled out when necessary.
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