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Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen

Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen

The Comma Queen returns with a fun, witty and wise romp through language and the crystalline Greek coast.

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ISBN 9781922268242
Barcode 9781922268242
Published 2 April 2019 by Misc - United Book Distributor
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Norris, Mary
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ISBN-13 9781922268242
ISBN-10 1922268240
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
Imprint The Text Publishing Company
Publication Date 2 April 2019
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Norris, Mary
Category Language & Linguistics
Humour
Travel Writing
Australian
Number of Pages 240
Dimensions Width: 137mm
Height: 205mm
Spine: 29mm
Weight 334g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Travel Writing
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 914.9510476
Catalogue Code 980037

Description of this Book

The Comma Queen returns with a buoyant book about language, love, and the wine-dark sea. In her New York Times bestseller Between You & Me, Mary Norris delighted readers with her irreverent tales of pencils and punctuation in the New Yorker's celebrated copy department. In Greek to Me, she delivers another wise and funny paean to the art of self-expression, this time filtered through her greatest passion- all things Greek. Greek to Me is a charming account of Norris's 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, goes searching for the fabled Baths of Aphrodite, 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 men-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 `An entertaining, erudite, and altogether delightful journey fueled by the love of language.' * Publishers Weekly * `I fell in love with Mary Norris's first book, and am now even more in love with this charming, ribald, highly informed, and always funny excursion through the language, culture, and oddities of Greece and the Greek language. An adventure tale for intellectuals-and also for the rest of us.' * Steve Martin * `As a reader, I would follow the writer Mary Norris wherever she goes, and I found myself enthralled by this wondrous journey through Greek myths and language and art. Norris brings everything into the glimmering light-most of all the beauty of words.' * David Grann * `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 *

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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. Her favourite pencil used to be the Dixon Ticonderoga No. 1, but she now makes do with the Palomino Blackwing.

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