Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen
About the Book
From a thirty-year veteran of The New Yorker comes the most irreverent and helpful book on language since the #1 bestseller Eats, Shoots & Leaves.
Mary Norris has spent more than three decades guarding The New Yorker’s grand traditions of grammar and usage, and she has been hailed by John McPhee as the “verbal diagnostician I would turn to for a first, second, or third opinion on just about anything.”
Now she brings her vast experience and sharpened pencil to help the rest of us in a charming language book as full of life as it is of practical advice.
Between You & Me features Norris’s laugh-out-loud exhortations about exclamation marks and emoticons, comma faults and curse words; her memorable exchanges about usage with writers such as Ian Frazier, Pauline Kael, Philip Roth, and George Saunders; and her loving meditations on the most important tools of the trade. Readers—and writers—will find in Norris neither a scold nor a softie but a wise new friend in love with language.