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Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen
Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen | Mary Norris
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In her New York Times bestseller Between You & Me, Mary Norris delighted readers with her irreverent tales of pencils and punctuation in The New Yorker's celebrated copy department. In Greek to Me, she delivers another wise and funny paean to the art of self-expression, this time filtered through her greatest passion: all things Greek.Greek to Me is a charming account of Norris's lifelong love affair with words and her solo adventures in the land of olive trees and ouzo. Along the way, Norris explains how the alphabet originated in Greece, makes the case for Athena as a feminist icon, goes searching for the fabled Baths of Aphrodite, and reveals the surprising ways Greek helped form English. Filled with Norris's memorable encounters with Greek words, Greek gods, Greek wine--and more than a few Greek men--Greek to Me is the Comma Queen's fresh take on Greece and the exotic yet strangely familiar language that so deeply influences our own.
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Severnmeadows
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I‘ve just finished this warm, conversational, sunny, interesting book. It is her story of how she learned both modern and Classical Greek. She became sufficiently competent to learn and perform the part of Hecuba in Euripides‘ Trojan Women‘, as she said ‘a feat of memorisation.‘ Interwoven with the language are her travels throughout Greece, set against her work as a copy editor on the New Yorker. One of my most enjoyed books this year.

batsy Lovely review! I'm sold. And such a pretty cover. 2w
Severnmeadows @batsy thankyou! That shiny mosaic cover must have taken a lot of work. 2w
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Sydsavvy
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I flat out love Mary Norris. What a wordie. And here she is talking about one of my fascinations. 🌈🌻🍒💝

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Severnmeadows
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My new books 😊 - (Mary Norris is a Father‘s Day present.) I‘ve already dipped into Kathleen, and it‘s very interesting! #ww2

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ferskner
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Greatest. Book. Event. Venue. Ever.

I was mildly interested in Mary Norris's memoir on her lifelong love for the Greek language, but when I heard it was being held at Nashville's Parthenon (with Ann Patchett moderating!), I had to be there.

Mitch OMG what a setting! Have fun 2mo
TK421 That is a really awesome venue for anything! 2mo
HardcoverHearts Wow!! Remarkable. 2mo
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batsy That's stunning 😍 2mo
Reggie I kinda want her head to fall off and tell someone that they‘re hubris will not go unpunished. How Andromeda will have to be chained to the rocks as Poseidon releases the Kraken. Lol-Clash of the Titans- the Harry Hamlin one. Lol nice pic!!! Looks like an unforgettable venue. 2mo
readordierachel Whoa! 😍 2mo
ferskner @Mitch @TK421 @HardcoverHearts @batsy @Reggie @readordierachel Y'all need to come to Nashville and see this insane thing in person. It's so cool! 2mo
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Bookwurmz
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Pretty funny, and full of Athena! My favorite goddess. And Mary Norris‘ too from reading this. Light reading except for the Greek linguistics.

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