Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen (Paperback)

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“I was feeling pretty smug about my word skills until I learned something right there on page 26 of Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen. I have been mispronouncing 'elegiac.' Even so, I didn't begrudge Norris for taking me on a delightful tour of the offices of The New Yorker, the history of Noah Webster and his dictionary descendents, the city of Cleveland, and the hyphen in Moby-Dick. Between You and Me is a sprightly -- not 'spritely,' thank you -- gambol in the fields of grammar, and I enjoyed every step.”
— David Enyeart, Common Good Books, St. Paul, MN

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"Hilarious…This book charmed my socks off." —Patricia O’Conner, New York Times Book Review


Mary Norris has spent more than three decades working in The New Yorker’s renowned copy department, helping to maintain its celebrated high standards. In Between You & Me, she brings her vast experience with grammar and usage, her good cheer and irreverence, and her finely sharpened pencils to help the rest of us in a boisterous language book as full of life as it is of practical advice.


Named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, Amazon, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Library Journal.



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.

Praise For…


Ms. Norris, who has a dirty laugh that evokes late nights and Scotch, is…like the worldly aunt who pulls you aside at Thanksgiving and whispers that it is all right to occasionally flout the rules.
— Sarah Lyall

[P]ure porn for word nerds.
— Allan Fallow

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.

[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

Mary Norris is the verbal diagnostician I would turn to for a first, second, or third opinion on just about anything.
— John McPhee

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

This is as entertaining as grammar can be. Very very. Read it and savor it.

— Garrison Keillor

Destined to become an instant classic…It’s hard to imagine the reader who would not enjoy spending time with Norris.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393352146
ISBN-10: 0393352145
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: April 4th, 2016
Pages: 240
Language: English