I ll just cut to the chase for everyone the author s method is essentially writing every word you misspell 10 times in a row whenever you misspell it I was expecting something withcleverness.I will say, however, that this book provides excellent justification for anyone who wants to improve their English learning the basics of the Latin roots of our words This is one thing that helped improve my own spelling immensely So did getting a copy of Spell Check, a small and sturdy reference I ll just cut to the chase for everyone the author s method is essentially writing every word you misspell 10 times in a row whenever you misspell it I was expecting something withcleverness.I will say, however, that this book provides excellent justification for anyone who wants to improve their English learning the basics of the Latin roots of our words This is one thing that helped improve my own spelling immensely So did getting a copy of Spell Check, a small and sturdy reference book I keep by my computer Other learn how spell tip I learned from a woman who was a Northwern J School grad pneumonic devices for all the words we habitually misspell Ex the three Es in cemetery are lined up like little tombstones This manual just isn t remarkable enough for me to recommend How geeky am I that I read a book about spelling I liked some of the spelling history and this book has practical advice on improving your spelling It got to be a bit much, especially near the end,though. I was hoping for a discussion examination of the social history of spelling, but this wasn t it Most of the basis for the book is a survey the author conducted in Parade magazine, and a pseudo scientific examination of the survey results While the author mentions that the results were self reported and therefore not really reliable, she still bases the majority of the book on the flawed data There are a few chapters full of quotes and examination of other people s research as it supports her I was hoping for a discussion examination of the social history of spelling, but this wasn t it Most of the basis for the book is a survey the author conducted in Parade magazine, and a pseudo scientific examination of the survey results While the author mentions that the results were self reported and therefore not really reliable, she still bases the majority of the book on the flawed data There are a few chapters full of quotes and examination of other people s research as it supports her survey data, and then some coverage on tips for improving spelling I feel like this was a waste of my time never a good way to leave a book I got the impression that this was some sort of pet research project for Marilyn Vos Savant Neat little book with some interesting facts about history of spelling and some useful advice Now I have to return it to the public library They have it listed as lost The Art of Spelling The Madness and the Method by Marilyn Vos Savant 2001 Examines what spelling reveals about an individual s personality, native intelligence, education, and desire traces the history of English spelling and discusses ways to improve one s own spelling ability