July 14, 2015

Friends Book Recommendation of the Month


Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen 
by Mary Norris



A sort of English grammar usage commentary and a memoir of her 30 years as a proofreader at the New Yorker, the book introduces Mary Norris as a funny, idiosyncratic and opinionated tour guide to some thorny issues of grammar and many amusing tales of life at the magazine. Her approach to grammar is never rigid -- "Follow some rules, sure, but in the end what you're after is clarity of meaning" -- and her take on writers, the magazine, and evolving American popular culture never fails to entertain.

-- Bonnie, member, Friends of the Jones Library System


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