SOCIAL SCIENCES
Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen
Norton. Apr. 2019. 240p. ISBN 9781324001270. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781324001287. mEMOIR
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In her latest work, Comma Queen Norris (Between You and Me) sings an ode to Greece in her quest to experience all things Greek—from the language and culture to the history and people—paying tribute to the gods along the way. Crediting her father for forbidding her to learn Latin as a child, Norris describes the compulsion that led her to study Greek as an adult, funding her passion through her copy editing work at The New Yorker, and testing her skill through travel. Norris's journey starts with language, from A to Ω, detailing the history of written Greek, from the birth of the alphabet to the evolution of spacing. Becoming immersed in the language, Norris consumes every bit of Greek she can get, from singing in a chorus to skinny dipping off a beach in the southern Peloponnese region.
VERDICT Norris's experience is one few can match, making this a lively read. However, the author dives deep into the details, which may be distracting for some readers. Overall, this is a good choice for anyone who enjoys travel memoirs.

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