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Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen

Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen

The most irreverent and helpful book on language since the #1 New York Times bestseller Eats, Shoots & Leaves.

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ISBN 9780393352146
Barcode 9780393352146
Published 29 April 2016 by WW Norton & Co
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Norris, Mary
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ISBN-13 9780393352146
ISBN-10 0393352145
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher WW Norton & Co
Imprint WW Norton & Co
Publication Date 29 April 2016
International Publication Date 4 April 2016
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Norris, Mary
Category Award Winning
Language Usage Guides
Writing & Editing Guides
Number of Pages 240
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 211mm
Spine: 15mm
Weight 190g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress English language - Punctuation, Comma, English language - Errors of usage
NBS Text Usage & Writing Guides
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 428
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of 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. 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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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Short-listed for Thurber Prize for American Humor 2016 -- Short-listed for ABA Indies Choice Book Award 2016
NZ Review A delightful discourse on the most common grammar, punctuation, and usage challenges faced by writers of all stripes Norris writes with wit, sass, and smarts.
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Mary Norris began working at The New Yorker in 1978. Originally from Cleveland, she now lives in New York.

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