By Mary Norris
The main irreverent and relaxing booklet on language on the grounds that Eats, Shoots & Leaves.
Mary Norris has spent greater than 3 a long time guarding the hot Yorker's grand traditions of grammar and utilization. Now she brings her sizeable event and sharpened pencil to assist the remainder of us, in a captivating language booklet as lively because it is of useful advice.
Between You & Me good points Norris's hilarious exhortations approximately exclamation marks and emoticons, splice commas and swear phrases; her memorable exchanges with writers similar to Pauline Kael, Philip Roth, and George Saunders; and her loving meditations at the most vital instruments of the exchange. Readers - and writers - will locate in Norris neither a scold nor a softie yet a sensible new pal in love with language.
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The diner up ahead made only a dim glow against the gray background of twilight. Beyond the diner, almost as far as the horizon, he could see the railway station on a small hill. He wept with sorrow and regret to be leaving this place, his home for the past seven years. Her heart fluttering with excitement, Arielle skipped, nearly dancing, toward the diner. Its cheerful light gleamed in the dusk. Somehow it seemed like a symbol of hope for her future. Farther on, she could see the railway station on the hill.