Although the author of this particular book is on another level when it comes to grammar usage and word wizardry, I feel Mary Norris and I have some key things in common: we’re both copy editors, we both become a little too excited when sharp pencils are the subject of conversation and we’re both a little consumed by literature. So, when Mary released her grammar-centred book, I was, let’s say, ‘eager’ (read: as animated as a kid on red cordial) to get my hands on a copy.
Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen is accessible, funny and a downright nerdy. Weaving anecdotes of an interesting career with lessons on language usage, Mary is as good at putting pen to paper (or words to a Word Doc) as she is at copy editing for The New Yorker – which she’s done since 1993.
At times, however, the grammar-related matter can feel a little heavy (even for an enthusiast), so I recommend pairing this one with a piece of fiction – to alternate – for good measure.
[The Text Publishing Company, 2015]