Mary Norris is the author of Greek to Me and the New York Times bestseller Between You & Me, an account of her years in the New Yorker copy department. Originally from Cleveland, she lives in New York. Her favourite pencil used to be the Dixon Ticonderoga No. 1, but she now makes do with the Palomino Blackwing.
'This sparking account of how a passion can enrich your life left me wanting to visit Greece ASAP.' * North and South * 'Even if you could not care less about Greece, Norris can infect you with her passion for it...her writing is sharp and funny.' * Otago Daily Times * 'Greek to Me is laced with hilarious anecdotes...Norris' enthusiasm for history, culture, literature, language and for words is contagious.' * Good Reading * 'Norris writes with a twinkle in her eye and is gorgeously playful with language, but the principal joy is the way she hits upon what good books can do, how they open and transform us, and make our small lives suddenly vast.' * Saturday Paper * 'Mary Norris, AKA the Comma Queen, writes absolutely delightful memoirs. Her boundless curiosity and giddy enthusiasm will sweep you up and into her stories...not to be missed.' * Adelaide Review * 'Greek to Me is erudite, warm-hearted and endlessly fascinating...[it] champions the beauty of language in all guises.' * Big Issue * 'Mary Norris's Greek to Me is one of the most satisfying accounts of a great passion that I have ever read. It traces a decades-long obsession with Greece: its language (both modern and ancient), literature, mythologies, people, places, food and monuments-all with an absorption that never falters and never squanders the reader's attention.' * New York Times * 'This book, rich in the history of language and the alphabet...takes us on a journey with the written and spoken word...It's the alpha to omega of everything, really.' * Herald Sun * 'I fell in love with Mary Norris's first book, and am now even more in love with this charming, ribald, highly informed, and always funny excursion through the language, culture, and oddities of Greece and the Greek language. An adventure tale for intellectuals and also for the rest of us.' * Steve Martin * 'What a fantastic book! Not only is Greek to Me educational, entertaining, and gorgeously written, it shows us how intellectual curiosity coupled with a dash of bravery can pave the way for a more meaningful life. Mary Norris does for Greek and Greece what Cheryl Strayed did for hiking. Readers will long to follow in her footsteps.' * Ann Patchett *