Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen (Hardcover)

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Caution: Norris’s love of all things Greek is rhapsodic (from the Greek rhapsōidia, to sew [songs] together), encompassing language (both ancient and modern), history, mythology, scenery, and ouzo, and it’s highly contagious. Sail with her to Greece and the Greek islands, visiting familiar and obscure sites and taking abundant side trips to other aspects of her life as an endlessly curious student, autodidact (also from the Greek), and copy editor at The New Yorker. You’ll begin planning your first or next trip to Greece before you’re halfway through this exhilarating book.


— From Banna's New Recs


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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781324001270
ISBN-10: 1324001275
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2019
Pages: 240
Language: English