Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen

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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.8 X 1.1 X 8.3 inches | 0.85 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.


As a reader, I would follow the writer Mary Norris wherever she goes, and I found myself enthralled by this wondrous journey through Greek myths and language and art. Norris brings everything into the glimmering light--most of all the beauty of words.--David Grann
Poignant, antic, hilarious, Mary Norris is the definition of wearing your learning lightly, and after a lifetime of Greek immersion, pouring beer libations, and skinny-dipping in the waters of Aphrodite, her lessons slip down sweetly. This book is true ambrosia.--Caroline Fraser
I fell in love with Mary Norris's first book, and am now even more in love with this charming, ribald, highly informed, and always funny excursion through the language, culture, and oddities of Greece and the Greek language. An adventure tale for intellectuals--and also for the rest of us.--Steve Martin
Mary Norris's love for all things Greek is palpable and infectious. She is a charming, insightful guide through both ancient and modern glories, and I expect her lush descriptions of the Greek countryside to provoke a tourism stampede.--Madeline Miller
An entertaining, erudite, and altogether delightful journey fueled by the love of language.
Norris' vibrant prose flies off the page, and the breadth of her material set my head spinning at times. Still, she brings it all together with insight and wisdom.--Elfrieda Abbe
A rapturous memoir of falling in love with language...At their best, these pages leave you feeling salt-kissed and freshly tanned, languorous with ouzo.--Rory Tolan
Charming...Aiming at times for slapstick, Ms. Norris keeps uncovering veins of tragedy.--A. E. Stallings
Greek to Me [is] an ode to the joy of exercising free reign in one's life...Norris is an uncommonly engaging, witty enthusiast with a nose for delicious details and funny asides that makes you willing to follow her anywhere.--Heller McAlpin