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Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen

Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen (Hardback)

By Norris, Mary

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The beloved Comma Queen returns with a buoyant and charming book about language, love, and the wine-dark sea.

ISBN 9781324001270
Barcode 9781324001270
Published 23 April 2019 by WW Norton & Co
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781324001270
ISBN-10 1324001275
Stock Available
Status Pre-order title, release date has been delayed
Publisher WW Norton & Co
Imprint WW Norton & Co
Publication Date 23 April 2019
International Publication Date 2 April 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Norris, Mary
Category Literary & Linguistic Reference Works
Biography & Autobiography
Biography & Autobiography: General
Women's Studies
Travel & Holiday Guides
Number of Pages 240
Dimensions Width: 147mm
Height: 218mm
Spine: 25mm
Weight 390g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Greek language - Influence on English, English language - Foreign elements - Greek, Greece - Description and travel
NBS Text Autobiography: General
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 914.950476092
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

In her New York Times best-selling Between You & Me, Mary Norris delighted readers with her irreverent tales of pencils, punctuation, and punctiliousness over three decades in The New Yorker's celebrated copy department. In Greek to Me, she delivers another wise and witty paean to the art of expressing oneself clearly and convincingly, this time filtered through her greatest passion: all things Greek. From convincing her New Yorker bosses to pay for Ancient Greek studies to traveling the sacred way in search of Persephone, Greek to Me is an unforgettable account of both her lifelong love affair with words and her solo adventures in the land of olive trees and ouzo. Along the way, Norris explains how the alphabet originated in Greece, makes the case for Athena as a feminist icon, and reveals the surprising ways Greek helped form English. Filled with Norris's memorable encounters with Greek words, Greek gods, Greek wine-and more than a few Greek waiters-Greek to Me is the Comma Queen's fresh take on Greece and the exotic yet strangely familiar language that so deeply influences our own.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review What a fantastic book! Not only is Greek to Me educational, entertaining, and gorgeously written, it shows us how intellectual curiosity coupled with a dash of bravery can pave the way for a more meaningful life. Mary Norris does for Greek and Greece what Cheryl Strayed did for hiking. Readers will long to follow in her footsteps. -- Ann Patchett
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

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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