Not a member?     Existing members login below:
IMPORTANT: This listing is meant to provide information only. does not offer this book for download. To view our Bestsellers available for FREE: click here.
Between You & Me

Between You & Me

Author: Mary Norris

Pages: 240

Edition: Hardcover

List Price: $24.95

Published: Apr, 2015

Publisher: Norton

ISBN: 9780393240184

Highest rank: #6 on 11th, Apr 2015

First entered: 4th, Apr 2015

Number of weeks: 11

Book Summary

The most irreverent and helpful book on language since the #1 New York Times bestseller Eats, Shoots & Leaves.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."


Mary Norris

Name: Mary Norris

About the author:

Mary Norris began working at The New Yorker in 1978. Originally from Cleveland, she now lives in New York.

Disclaimer: the information on this page has been made available through the API's of GoodReads, Amazon and The New York Times.