Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen


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$15.95  $14.83
W. W. Norton & Company
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5.5 X 0.7 X 8.2 inches | 0.45 pounds

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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.


[P]ure porn for word nerds.--Allan Fallow
[A] winningly tender, funny reckoning with labor and language.--Megan O'Grady
Funny and endearing.--Joanna Connors
Laugh-out-loud funny and wise and compelling from beginning to end.--Steve Weinberg
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
Ms. Norris, who has a dirty laugh that evokes late nights and Scotch, the worldly aunt who pulls you aside at Thanksgiving and whispers that it is all right to occasionally flout the rules.--Sarah Lyall
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.
Mary Norris is the verbal diagnostician I would turn to for a first, second, or third opinion on just about anything.--John McPhee
Destined to become an instant classic...It's hard to imagine the reader who would not enjoy spending time with Norris.