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Between You & Me

Confessions of a Comma Queen


Mary Norris (Author)

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From a thirty-year veteran of The New Yorker comes the most irreverent and helpful book on language since Eats, Shoots & Leaves

Mary Norris has spent more than three decades guarding The New Yorker’s grand traditions of grammar and usage. 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 swear 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.


“...delightful and thought-provoking...” — The Bookseller

“...Between You & Me, has an old New Yorker charm.” — The Times Literary Supplement

“Norris is warm, knowledgable and unapologetically fussy...The pleasure of Between You & Me boils down to a willingness to spend 200 tightly edited pages in Mary Norris's good-natured, wise company.” — The Guardian

“...a charming, chatty, discursive, style guide…” — Literary Review

“Mary Norris’ Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen (W. W. Norton) delighted me with its playful and thought-provoking journey through pronouns, hyphens, semicolons and much more that matters in life.” — Books 2015, Louise O. Fresco, president, Wageningen University and Research Centre, the Netherlands, Times Higher Education

“Norris’ self-deprecating and hilarious confessional dives deep and comes up with a bounty of pearls...” — Books of 2015, Catherine Clinton, Denman chair of American history, University of Texas, San Antonio, and international research professor, Queen’s University Belfast, Times Higher Education

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