Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Nonfiction November: Between You and Me
I find that many great nonfiction books have a careful balance between teaching and humor. As a writer, Norris has a voice that is candid and fun. She loves what she does and it is evident that she enjoys talking with people about obscure punctuation and the frustration of referring to a group that includes both men and women. As someone who works as a freelance copy editor, I like to think that I know a few things about grammar. But Norris taught me so much about the reasons that we do certain things in the English language. She explains without making the reader feel bad about their lack of knowledge. English, as we all know, is a truly bizarre language. “Nobody knows everything—one of the pleasures of language is that there is always something new to learn—and everybody makes mistakes.”
Between You And Me is a book I would recommend wholeheartedly to so many kinds of readers - reader who are also writers, those who are interested in what happens behind the scenes of The New Yorker, reader who are nuts about grammar, and those who enjoy learning from a fascinating and funny teacher.
Between You And Me: Confessions of A Comma Queen
By Mary Norris
W. W. Norton and Company April 2015
ARC from my shelves; won from Goodreads