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101 Two-Letter Words

Stephin Merritt (Author), Roz Chast (Illustrated by)


A one-of-a-kind celebration of the 101 two-letter words allowed in Scrabble.

Rolling Stone has called singer-songwriter Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields “the Cole Porter of his generation”; O, The Oprah Magazine has hailed cartoonist Roz Chast as “the wryest pen since Dorothy Parker’s.” Together they have crafted a wonderfully witty book that is sure to prove useful to Scrabble players and Words With Friends addicts—and to delight anyone in thrall to the weirder corners of the English language.

With the mordant wit and clever wordplay of Edward Gorey or Shel Silverstein, Stephin Merritt has written an original four-line rhyming poem for each of the 101 two-letter words included in The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary. Here are poems about familiar words (such as at, go, hi, no, and up) as well as obscure ones (such as aa, ka, oe, qi, xu). And every one of the 101 poems is accompanied by a full-color illustration by the incomparable cartoonist Roz Chast.

101 Two-Letter Words is perfect for any language lover or Scrabble player (it may even improve your score!).

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • September 2014
  • ISBN 978-0-393-24019-1
  • 5.6 × 7.3 in / 216 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“Merritt is a gifted poet.” — Sarah Larson, New Yorker

“A fun little book.” — Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Delightfully whimsical.” — David Ulin, Los Angeles Times

“Pretty irresistible.” — David Daley, Salon

“Vaguely Seussian.” — Margaret Eby, Brooklyn Magazine

“Droll…pithy…witty.” — Dan DeLuca, Philadelphia Inquirer

“When I have no Scrabble move,
I really cannot bear it.
From aa to za, help has arrived—
Why, thank you, Stephin Merritt!” — Lemony Snicket, best-selling author of A Series of Unfortunate Events

“This little book of tiny words
by Stephin Merritt is superb;
it’s funny and it’s useful too.
(This is the Neil Gaiman blurb.)” — Neil Gaiman, best-selling author of The Ocean at the End of the Lane

“I love this book of Scrabble twos,
with art and wit for mi and ye;
so now please do the thousand threes,
from aah to zzz.” — Stefan Fatsis, best-selling author of Word Freak

“Ha!” — Elif Batuman, author of The Possessed

“Oy, ow, my wounded qi! I’ll never beat Stephin at Scrabble again. Wo(e) is me.” — Emma Straub, author of The Vacationers

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