Between You & Me : Mary Norris :Rate this book. 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. 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. Click to the right or left of the sample to turn the page.
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Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen
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Thank you! The author devotes chapters to commas who knew a printer more or less invented comma usage in ? Raised in the Cleveland area, Norris had a vague notion growing up of being a writer. But after attending college, she did not know how to proceed toward that goal, so she worked jobs that included delivering milk to homes, packaging cheese in a factory for sale to supermarkets and washing dishes in a restaurant. Though she observed the rules, she also began to realize that sometimes she had to compromise due to the fact that accomplished writers for the magazine followed their own logic. In countless laugh-out-loud passages, Norris displays her admirable flexibility in bending rules when necessary.
In addition to pondering nnorris forms of punctuation, grammar and usage. I'm constantly fascinated by the nature of English, I realised I was thoroughly I really wanted to like this book, I was completely surprised when this book arrived in the mail. Anyone willing to wear a friend's handmade crown of dangling commas on national television has a healthy sense of the absurd! In the end.
If you can overlook her occasional lapses into condescension Between You and Me is an educational and entertaining journey with a guide who really knows her way around the language. Book Bloggers Sell Books. Your satisfaction is our highest priority. She decided in part to write her book to help the "grammatically insecure"--which is most of us, Jeffrey Brown quipped.