*Review is of an Advance Reading Copy obtained through the Goodreads First Reads program.*
I had a mixed experience with this book. I moonlight as a co*Review is of an Advance Reading Copy obtained through the Goodreads First Reads program.*
I had a mixed experience with this book. I moonlight as a copy editor, so I was excited to hear about a book that was part grammar musings, part memoir. Unfortunately, this combination didn't always gel as nicely as I'd have hoped. Sometimes, I enjoyed the personal anecdotes but was bored with the seemingly forced grammar prescriptions, and vice versa.
In the end, I wished Norris had written the two as entirely separate books. Many of her adventures, from anecdotes of her career at The New Yorker to attending a "pencil party" and visiting Melville's writing study, are fascinating, and I would have loved to hear more. As far as her grammar and some of TNY's interesting/bizarre style preferences, I was intrigued, if not always convinced or in agreement. The ARC showed a header for "Recommended Reading," but the final material wasn't yet included; I'll be picking up the published edition at the library for her suggestions.
Between You & Me was a quick read, so good light reading for grammar lovers or memoir readers looking for something a little different. Don't expect a grammar manual or an autobiographical tale revealing deep emotional trauma. The book is fun enough, if at times an odd patchwork of content....more
I've been a fan of Amanda Palmer for years. I know she can be incredibly problematic, but I do admire that she is always bravely candid about herselfI've been a fan of Amanda Palmer for years. I know she can be incredibly problematic, but I do admire that she is always bravely candid about herself and her life, something extremely difficult for any of us to do. And most of us aren't celebrities who receive death threats or are constantly harangued and harassed on the internet for any decision we choose to make. That said, I found much of the advice given here to be tough to adapt to those of us not living a celebrity life. Can we all ask for more? Yes. Should we all ask for more? Yes. But the specific examples of this are embedded in a world that is surreal and other for most of her readers.
I think I would have enjoyed this book more if it were a pure memoir; these anecdotes, from her early busking days to her friendship with Anthony and courtship with Neil, were the most appealing bits of the book. I'm glad I listened to it on audio, first because AFP narrates, but also because it's embedded with the playlist she created for the book. Every hour or so, a song, which is a wonderful treat for fans.
tl;dr Great for existing Amanda Palmer fans. Skip it if you've never heard of her....more