Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior (Freshly Updated)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Feb 7, 2011 - Reference - 864 pages
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An indispensable manual to navigating life from birth to death without making a false move.

Your neighbor denounces cellular telephones as instruments of the devil. Your niece swears that no one expects thank-you letters anymore. Your father-in-law insists that married women have to take their husbands' names. Your guests plead that asking them to commit themselves to attending your party ruins the spontaneity. Who is right? Miss Manners, of course. With all those amateurs issuing unauthorized etiquette pronouncements, aren't you glad that there is a gold standard to consult about what has really changed and what has not? The freshly updated version of the classic bestseller includes the latest letters, essays, and illustrations, along with the laugh-out-loud wisdom of Miss Manners as she meets the new millennium of American misbehavior head-on. This wickedly witty guide rules on the challenges brought about by our ever-evolving society, once again proving that etiquette, far from being an optional extra, is the essential currency of a civilized world.

 

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As a woman living in the South who had tea parties with her grandmother on a regular basis, this book made me laugh so loudly at times that any company I had would assume that I was not a lady at all ... Read full review

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I can't say that I love this book - the few times that I have had to use this book, the information that I needed was not in the book. I can't really compare it to other books, but it hasn't been that helpful. Read full review

Contents

DinnerParties
566
Social Correspondence
591
Presents
614
Decent Dress for Ladies and Gentlemen
622
Divorce
651
Marriage for Beginners
669
Anniversaries
677
ADVANCED CIVILIZATION
685

Concerning Children
73
Common Courtesy for All Ages
96
Table Manners
154
Social Intercourse
204
Electronic Communication Personal
234
Family Relations
251
Visiting
268
Houseguests
274
RITES DE PASSAGE
303
Graduations and Reunions
309
Debuts and Dances
317
Courtship
325
MARRIAGE FOR BEGINNERS
355
Families and Friends
371
Weddings
385
The WellAppointed House
454
Workplace Etiquette
467
Customer Service
490
The Job Ends
505
INTERMEDIATE CIVILIZATION
511
Invitations and Replies
528
Protocol
687
The White House
699
The Large Household
708
Celebrity and Publicity
713
Play
724
Sports
732
Clubs
741
Alcohol Tobacco and Other Stimulants
743
Restaurants
750
Travel
764
Vacation Trips
776
Holidays
780
DEATH
797
Funerals
802
Bereavement
806
Condolences
811
ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS NOBODY ASKED
823
Acknowledgments
827
Index
829
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Judith Martin, born a perfect lady in an imperfect society, is the author of the “Miss Manners” columns and best-selling books, two novels, and a travel book on Venice. She and her husband live in Washington, DC.

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