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Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen

Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen

by Mary Norris


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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393352146
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 04/04/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 173,627
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Confession of a Comma Queen 1

Chapter 1 Spelling Is for Weirdos 15

Chapter 2 That Witch! 35

Chapter 3 The Problem of Heesh 57

Chapter 4 Between You and Me 77

Chapter 5 Comma Comma Comma Comma, Chameleon 92

Chapter 6 Who Put the Hyphen in Moby-Dick? 111

Chapter 7 A Dash, a Semicolon, and a Colon Walk into a Bar 131

Chapter 8 What's Up with the Apostrophe? 147

Chapter 9 F∗ck This Sh∗t 157

Chapter 10 Ballad of a Pencil Junkie 169

Epilogue: The Million-Dollar Copy Editor 193

Acknowledgments 201

Notes 205

Appendix: Some Books I Have Found Particularly Helpful 213

Index 217

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