VFA Recommended Books



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The Bias-Free Word Finder

“an indispensable real-life reference book”

Rosalie Maggio’s been writing and speaking about people and language for more than a decade. The Bias-Free Word Finder, called “an outstanding reference source” by the American Library Association and cited by Ms. Magazine as “an indispensable real-life reference book,” is a feminist winner. The book suggests thousands of specific and varied alternatives for terms that are biased against people on the basis of sex, race, age, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, class or religion as does her Talking About People, a comprehensive guide for everyone interested in using language accurately, gracefully and respectfully.

Along with alphabetized entries for obviously offending terms and hundreds of more subtle ones, the book contains definitions of key concepts (such as “homophobia”) and a wealth of quotations, facts, and etymologies. An opening essay offers general writing guidelines in the witty, entertaining, and nonauthoritarian style found throughout the book.

And you’re going to love Rosalie’s wonderful
The Book of Quotations by Women, a lively collection of women’s words throughout the centuries. With quotes on over 1,499 subjects, it’s a delightful read offering a wealth of inspiration from love and politics to coffee and mathematics


The best-selling How to Say It® is now better than ever. The second edition of this one-of-a-kind book has been updated with ten new chapters-that’s fifty chapters in all-offering readers even more material for quickly and effortlessly constructing original, effective letters.

How to Say It® provides short lists of what to say, and sometimes more importantly, what not to say when writing business or personal letters. It begins with examples of why and when certain letters are appropriate, tips on writing the letter, and advice for special situations. It then offers sample words and phases for each type of correspondence, as well as examples of sentences and paragraphs that are best suited for the task. Finally, it provides full sample letters giving readers a sense of what to look for in the final product. Includes appendices offering tips on etiquette, formatting, and grammar.

About the Author
Rosalie Maggio is the award-winning author of 18 books, including Great Letters for Every Occasion and How They Said It®. She is a member of the Authors Guild and the Society for Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. Rosalie lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Editorial Reviews

From the author of How to Say It, the million-copies-sold bestseller

If you want to improve your conversational skills--and achieve greater levels of personal and professional success--
The Art of Talking to Anyone is the ultimate book. Rosalie Maggio has built a career on teaching people how to say the right thing at the right time--and she's made her techniques available to you.

This essential communication handbook includes:
Sample dialogues, topics, and responses
Quick-reference dos and don'ts
Tips for handling special situations
Confidence-building advice and quotations
Key words that get to the business at hand

Whether it's small talk or big, social or work-related, The Art of Talking to Anyone gives you all the tools you need to speak up with confidence, to charm and persuade, and to talk your way through any situation--successfully.

From the Back Cover
Yes, you can learn to talk to anyone, anytime, anywhere. And here’s how. Conversation is one of the most decisive factors in our success in business and in life. It’s also an art anyone can learn—with the help of a few simple tips, guidelines and techniques.

The Art of Talking to Anyone makes it easy. Using sample scripts, real-life situations, and surefire strategies, this all-in-one handbook provides everything you need to become a more successful conversationalist. Whether you’re chatting with co-workers at a conference, meeting new people at a party, or just talking on the telephone, this confidence-building guide can help you jumpstart your own unique skills and make a positive, lasting impression. You’ll be surprised by how easy it is to express yourself, how self-assured you’ll feel, and how well people respond to the right words at the right time. Filled with ready-to-use conversations and useful suggestions, this life-changing book shows you:

How to be universally liked
How to listen successfully
How to keep a conversation going…and how to end one
How to ask and answer questions
How and when to tell jokes
How to deal with difficult conversations
How to charm and persuade others

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