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Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen - Mary Norris
Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen
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The most irreverent and helpful book on language since the #1 New York Times bestseller Eats, Shoots & Leaves.Mary Norris has spent more than three decades in The New Yorker's copy department, maintaining its celebrated high standards. Now she brings her vast experience, good cheer, and finely... show more
The most irreverent and helpful book on language since the #1 New York Times bestseller Eats, Shoots & Leaves.Mary Norris has spent more than three decades in The New Yorker's copy department, maintaining its celebrated high standards. Now she brings her vast experience, good cheer, and finely sharpened pencils to help the rest of us in a boisterous language book as full of life as it is of practical advice.Between You & Me features Norris's laugh-out-loud descriptions of some of the most common and vexing problems in spelling, punctuation, and usage—comma faults, danglers, "who" vs. "whom," "that" vs. "which," compound words, gender-neutral language—and her clear explanations of how to handle them. Down-to-earth and always open-minded, she draws on examples from Charles Dickens, Emily Dickinson, Henry James, and the Lord's Prayer, as well as from The Honeymooners, The Simpsons, David Foster Wallace, and Gillian Flynn. She takes us to see a copy of Noah Webster's groundbreaking Blue-Back Speller, on a quest to find out who put the hyphen in Moby-Dick, on a pilgrimage to the world's only pencil-sharpener museum, and inside the hallowed halls of The New Yorker and her work with such celebrated writers as Pauline Kael, Philip Roth, and George Saunders.Readers—and writers—will find in Norris neither a scold nor a softie but a wise and witty new friend in love with language and alive to the glories of its use in America, even in the age of autocorrect and spell-check. As Norris writes, "The dictionary is a wonderful thing, but you can't let it push you around."
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780393240184 (0393240185)
ASIN: 0393240185
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 240
Edition language: English
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Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it
4.5 Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen
I've become more and more interested in language and grammar over the past few years, probably in part because I've been writing more online and I don't want to embarrass myself. Living in Australia has something to do with it too, as I find myself defending why Americans talk or write the way they...
teaandbooks
teaandbooks rated it
1.0 Fell for the hype...again.
This book sounded really cool. A copyeditor writes about grammar, but I thought it would be a light-hearted romp about grammar like 'Eats, Shoots and Leaves.' I actually did not like that book at all, but hoped this would be different. I was wrong. Her recounting of how she became a copyeditor was...
Steeped in Science, Submersed in Story
Steeped in Science, Submersed in Story rated it
5.0 Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen
Mary Norris has a very chatty tone when she's telling you about the spelling and grammar mistakes she's corrected in her career at the New Yorker, and it's easy to forget how remarkable her information is. She's talking about a certain language rule, and to illustrate, she tells you about a particu...
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