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Between you & me : confessions of a comma queen / Mary Norris.

Norris, Mary. (Author).

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  • 3 of 3 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Fulton Co PL - Aubbee Library (Leiters Ford) LPNF 428.2 NOR (Text) 33187004271603 Large Print Nonfiction Available -
Fulton Co PL - Rochester Main Library LPNF 428.2 NOR (Text) 33187004257958 Large Print Nonfiction Available -
Hamilton North PL - Atlanta Branch LP 428.2.a Norris, Mary (Text) 78294000256877 Adult Non-Fiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781594139253
  • ISBN: 1594139253
  • Physical Description: 321 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
  • Edition: Large print edition
  • Publisher: Farmington Hills, Mich. : Gale, 2016.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note: Confessions of a Comma Queen -- Spelling is for weirdos -- That witch! -- The problem of Heesh -- Between you and me -- Comma comma comma comma, chameleon -- Who put the hyphen in Moby-Dick? -- A dash, a semicolon, and a colon walk into a bar -- What's up with the apostrophe -- F*ck this sh*t -- Ballad of a pencil junkie -- The million-dollar copy editor -- Appendix. Some books I have found particularly helpful.
Summary, etc.: 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 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."
Subject: English language > Punctuation.
Comma.
English language > Errors of usage.
Large type books.

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