Between You & Me
Confessions of a Comma Queen
April 2015 Indie Next List
— David Enyeart, Common Good Books, St. Paul, MN
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"Hilarious…This book charmed my socks off." —Patricia O’Conner, New York Times Book Review
Mary Norris has spent more than three decades working in The New Yorker’s renowned copy department, helping to maintain its celebrated high standards. In Between You & Me, she brings her vast experience with grammar and usage, her good cheer and irreverence, and her finely sharpened pencils to help the rest of us in a boisterous language book as full of life as it is of practical advice.
Named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, Amazon, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Library Journal.
Praise For Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen…
— Sarah Lyall - New York Times
[P]ure porn for word nerds.
— Allan Fallow - Washington Post
Mary Norris has an enthusiasm for the proper use of language that’s contagious. Her memoir is so engaging, in fact, that it’s easy to forget you’re learning things.
A rollicking adventure into the origins of the apostrophe, the proliferation of profanity in American culture, and everything in between.
— San Francisco Chronicle
[A] winningly tender, funny reckoning with labor and language.
— Megan O'Grady - Vogue
Funny and endearing.
— Joanna Connors - Cleveland Plain Dealer
Laugh-out-loud funny and wise and compelling from beginning to end.
— Steve Weinberg - Houston Chronicle
Mary Norris is the verbal diagnostician I would turn to for a first, second, or third opinion on just about anything.
— John McPhee - The New Yorker
Smart and funny and soulful and effortlessly illuminating.
— Ian Frazier
Mary Norris brings a tough-minded, clear-eyed, fine-tuned wisdom to all the perplexities and traps and terrors of the English sentence.
— Adam Gopnik
Mary Norris is a grammar geek with a streak of mischief, and her book is obscenely fun.
— Marilyn Johnson
This is as entertaining as grammar can be. Very very. Read it and savor it.
— Garrison Keillor
Destined to become an instant classic…It’s hard to imagine the reader who would not enjoy spending time with Norris.
— Christian Science Monitor
W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393352146, 240pp.
Publication Date: April 4, 2016