Mary Norris – Greek to Me


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.

Author: Mary Norris
Narrator: Mary Norris
Duration: 7 hours 3 minutes
Released: 19 Oct 2004
Publisher: Recorded Books
Language: English

User Review:

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Its so refreshing to hear of the pursuit of knowledge simply for the enjoyment of that pursuit, especially when it takes place in Greece and under blue waters. I loved Marys first book. I was enthralled by this second (and so glad to know Im not the only female with a thing for this subject). And its not just Greek wordy stuff, Mary goes surprisingly Deep in a good number of places. Plus, she narrated it, and that was wonderful. I feel like I got the female version of Windex Papa in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, sans the funny wedding story. Kudos! (Is that Greek?) Happy travels, give us more!