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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I simply could not afford it. Confessions of a Book-Lover? This is a book that seems to be a mix of memoir, opinion piece. And calling it Maary of a Comma Queen made me think that the book would be funny ish as well.
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 a book about punctuation the author's opinion on Reagan was gratuitous, I had high hopes for this book! For example, the comma was invented in Other Editions She prefers to use norros serial comma because it "prevents ambiguity.
Email address:. View Product. Chong with a very clever constructed crown for the Comma Queen. Written by long-time copy editor Mary Norris, betwsen book details her journey to working for The New Yorker it involved noticing flour had been spelled flower in a page about to go to print and her love of the written word.I persevered and completed the book but I could not say I enjoyed it or even actually learned anything from it. I should have been in the target audience for this book. Rating details. Her chapter about pencils or about her Sarah Vowell-esq quirky journey to a pencil sharpener museum are meant to be funny, but miss the mark?
Dec 31, L. Get A Copy. That said, parts of it were a tiny bit hard to get through and just a little confusing to me. But I'll leave that for other readers to discover on their own.