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Between you & me : confessions of a Comma Queen

Author: Mary Norris, (Editor)
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Norris, (Editor)
ISBN: 9780393240184 0393240185 9780393352146 0393352145
OCLC Number: 897468521
Awards: Winner of Book Data/ABA Book of the Year Award 2017
Description: 228 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: 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 --
Some books I have found particularly helpful.
Other Titles: Between you and me
Responsibility: Mary Norris.

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"...delightful and thought-provoking..." -- The Bookseller "...Between You & Me, has an old New Yorker charm." -- The Times Literary Supplement "Norris is warm, knowledgable and unapologetically Read more...

 
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