We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
For the average and even very good writer, S&W provide good advice. But they are writing rules for clear communication and not rules for artists. If you can write like Hemingway or Melville or Chandler or Hammett, you don't need them. I did and do.
Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace (3rd Edition) by Joseph M. Williams (Rerired professor, U. of Chicago.)
Avoid the later editions, edited with a co-writer---they're terrible. The original, written by Prof. Williams alone, is worth its weight in gold. He covers valuable topics I've seen nowhere else. Of course, he can't always practice what he preaches, but he's a teacher, not a writer. Advice for advanced level writers.