Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen
by Mary Norris
narrated by the author
Recorded Books, 2015
8 hours and 10 minutes
source: purchased with audible credit
Mary Norris has spent over three decades in The New Yorker's copy department and in this new memoir, her love of language and usage shines. It's a very good book, even laugh-out-loud funny at times, and I thoroughly enjoyed her narration. But maybe I'm not quite as much of a grammar nerd as I thought... I didn't love the book as my 25 year old daughter did. She has plans to live tweet a reread, and is obviously the true grammar geek in our family.
A quote I liked:
Spelling is the clothing of words, their outward visible sign, and even those who favor sweatpants in everyday life like to make a bella figura, as the Italians say - a good impression - in their prose. A misspelling undermines your authority. And an eye for a misspelled word can give you an edge in the workplace.My rating:
Grammar geeks, language lovers, and readers of Eats, Shoots & Leaves and The Secret Life of Pronouns will want to mark this title as a 'must read'.