The author of Between You & Me is back with a second book, and this time her subject is all things Greek — the language, the people, the mythology, and the culture. Greek to Me recounts Mary Norris’s experiences learning Greek and traveling the country while putting her new skills to the test. As in her first book, Norris is excellent company, spinning tales and charming readers as she blends memoir, history, and travel, all topped off with heaps of wordy nerdiness.
Greek to Me is a charming account of Norris's 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 Norris's memorable encounters with Greek words, Greek gods, Greek wine--and more than a few Greek men--Greek to Me is the Comma Queen's fresh take on Greece and the exotic yet strangely familiar language that so deeply influences our own.
Mary Norris has spent more than three decades working in The New Yorker's renowned copy department, helping to maintain its celebrated high standards.