Annette Lyon is my hero for many, many reasons. First of all, there was that time when she leaped in front of a train and pushed me to safety. Then there was the time when she knocked a glass of poisoned Kool-Aid from my hand just as I got ready to sip. I shall never forget the day she took a bullet for me as we stood in front of McDonald's, our Happy Meals clutched tightly in our hands (they were for us, not our kids). But most of all, I shall remember the countless grammar questions she has answered for me over the years.
I actually think I'm the inspiration behind her new book, "There, Their, They're: A No-Tears Guide to Grammar from the Word Nerd." She didn't say as much in the introduction - in fact, I think she said she wrote the book in response to popular demand on her blog - but I'm sure that was just her polite way of saying, "Tristi, stop e-mailing me already."
I got my copy in the mail late this afternoon, and I've pulled it out three times just since then to double-check various and sundry points. It's not quite as good as having Annette herself at my beck and call - I mean, I can come up with a thousand questions a minute, and keeping up with me, not so easy. But I must say, this book is an awesome reference and I'm making a spot for it on the shelf right here by my computer. And you should buy one too. In fact, here's where.