Between You & Me

Between You & Me : Confessions of a Comma Queen

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Mary Norris has spent more than three decades guarding The New Yorker's grand traditions of grammar and usage. Now she brings her vast experience and sharpened pencil to help the rest of us in a charming language book as full of life as it is of practical advice.

Between You & Me features Norris's laugh-out-loud exhortations about exclamation marks and emoticons, comma faults and swear words; her memorable exchanges about usage with writers such as Ian Frazier, Pauline Kael, Philip Roth and George Saunders; and her loving meditations on the most important tools of the trade. Readers and writers will find in Norris neither a scold nor a softie but a wise new friend in love with language.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 150 x 218 x 23mm | 391g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0393240185
  • 9780393240184
  • 41,906

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"Norris' self-deprecating and hilarious confessional dives deep and comes up with a bounty of pearls..." -- Books of 2015, Catherine Clinton, Denman chair of American history, University of Texas, San Antonio, and international research professor, Queen's University Belfast - Times Higher Education "Mary Norris' Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen (W. W. Norton) delighted me with its playful and thought-provoking journey through pronouns, hyphens, semicolons and much more that matters in life." -- Books 2015, Louise O. Fresco, president, Wageningen University and Research Centre, the Netherlands - Times Higher Education "...a charming, chatty, discursive, style guide..." -- Literary Review "Norris is warm, knowledgable and unapologetically fussy...The pleasure of Between You & Me boils down to a willingness to spend 200 tightly edited pages in Mary Norris's good-natured, wise company." -- The Guardian "...Between You & Me, has an old New Yorker charm." -- The Times Literary Supplement "...delightful and thought-provoking..." -- The Bookseller
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About Mary Norris

Mary Norris is the author of Greek to Me and the New York Times bestseller Between You & Me, an account of her years in The New Yorker copy department. Originally from Cleveland, she lives in New York.
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