Between You and Me

Confessions of Comma Queen
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Product Number: Z09957
Released: Apr 06, 2015
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ISBN: #9781490664408
Narrator/s: Mary Norris
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Mary Norris has spent more than three decades in The New Yorker's copy department, maintaining its celebrated high standards. Now she brings her vast experience, good cheer, and finely sharpened pencils to help the rest of us in a boisterous language book as full of life as it is of practical advice. Between You & Me features Norris's laugh-out-loud descriptions of some of the most common and vexing problems in spelling, punctuation, and usage-comma faults, danglers, "who" vs. "whom," "that" vs. "which," compound words, gender-neutral language-and her clear explanations of how to handle them. Down-to-earth and always open-minded, she draws on examples from Charles Dickens, Emily Dickinson, Henry James, and the Lord's Prayer, as well as from The Honeymooners, The Simpsons, David Foster Wallace, and Gillian Flynn. She takes us to see a copy of Noah Webster's groundbreaking Blue-Back Speller, on a quest to find out who put the hyphen in Moby-Dick, on a pilgrimage to the world's only pencil-sharpener museum, and inside the hallowed halls of The New Yorker and her work with such celebrated writers as Pauline Kael, Philip Roth, and George Saunders. Readers-and writers-will find in Norris neither a scold nor a softie but a wise and witty new friend in love with language and alive to the glories of its use in America, even in the age of autocorrect and spell-check. As Norris writes, "The dictionary is a wonderful thing, but you can't let it push you around."

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Author(s): Mary Norris
Genre: Language Arts
Awards:New York Times Bestseller

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Author(s): Mary Norris
Narrator(s): Mary Norris
Genre: Language Arts
Product Number C03687
Released: Apr 10, 2015
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ISBN: #9781490664392
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Author(s): Mary Norris
Narrator(s): Mary Norris
Genre: Language Arts
Product Number MP1308
Released: Apr 22, 2015
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ISBN: #9781490674766

Professional reviews

"THE NEW YORKER is a highly regarded bastion of creative literary output and stringent linguistic standards, and enthusiastic and exacting copy editor Mary Norris has striven to uphold those standards as a member of the esteemed publication's editorial team for more than 30 years. In this audiobook, Norris shares details of the behind-the-scenes decision making and teamwork at the magazine, as well as her own personal background and preferences--from grammatical choices to the virtues of different types of pencils. Her narration lacks the polish of a professional narrator, which can be a challenging quality for the listener, but she successfully communicates her enthusiasm for attention to detail. S.E.G. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"

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