The Comma Queen returns with a buoyant book about language, love, and the wine-dark sea.
In her New York Times best seller Between You & Me, Mary Norris delighted listeners with her irreverent tales of pencils and punctuation in The New Yorkers 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 Norriss 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 Norriss memorable encounters with Greek words, Greek gods, Greek wine – and more than a few Greek men – Greek to Me is the Comma Queens fresh take on Greece and the exotic yet strangely familiar language that so deeply influences our own.
Narrator: Mary Norris
Duration: 7 hours 3 minutes
Released: 19 Oct 2004
Publisher: Recorded Books