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Miss Manners' Guide for the Turn-of-the-Millennium Paperback – November 15, 1990

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Martin, aka syndicated columnist "Miss Manners," here covers everything one might need to know about proper behavior, not just for the coming millennium, but in everyday life in the present decade. In a Q & A format interspersed with short essays on manners, mores and her personal peeves, she deals with the gamut of social situations, from AIDS ("receiving an incurable disease because one does not want to risk offending someone with a question seems excessive") to nude weddings, telephone answering machines ("the modern equivalent of the butler"), the "spinach-on-the-tooth rule" ("draw something unfavorable to a person's attention only if it can easily be fixed") and the correct response to negative literary criticism ("the etiquette obligation in such cases is on the friends and supporters of the wounded author"). Miss Manners's remarkably sane advice and admonitions, written in the third person and addressed to "Gentle Reader," are entertaining as well as practical.
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Publishers Weekly Miss Manners covers everything one might need to know about proper behaviour, not just for the coming millennium, but in everyday life in the present decade...entertaining as well as practical.

Kirkus Reviews How thoughtful of Miss Manners to provide us with this useful, almost encyclopedic guide to proper manners for the fin de siècle...Elegant, sensible, exquisitely funny, Miss Manners...leads us through the dark forest of social despair and into the sunny glade of correctness.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; 1st Fireside ed edition (November 15, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067172228X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671722289
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 2.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #795,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Incredibly entertaining. Judith Martin writes about serious topics with brilliant wit, charm, and humor. This book covers a wide variety of relevant topics, and even the ones that may not apply directly to you still are useful in conveying and emphacising the basic principles of manners. This book is helping me to gain clarity on what rudeness is, what politeness is, and on how to respond appropriately. This book is 700+ pages, so be prepared for a long-term relationship (if you intend to finish this book - which I do - at which point I will probably return to the beginning to start reading it over again). I can say this book is changing my life - and my children may at THIS time regret to say that it is changing theirs - but it is ultimately for the better (I intend to raise gentlemen and ladies)!
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No- one is better at answering the questions as to what is correct in a humourous (and enteraining) way as Judith Martin is. You can buy these guides as guides for life or as just fun and entertaining reads; take the advice, or just enjoy the ride- this may be the Sally Jesse Raphael for the genteel- and I mean that in the best way possible.
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I pick this book up every year or so, both for the vast wealth of knowledge and for the entertainment value. Material not covered in the question and answer format is cleary explained elsewhere in the chapter. I consider this book a necessary reference.
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Judith Martin (AKA Miss Manners) has a very intelligent understanding
of what etiquette is all about. For her, it is a practical system of
applied ethics, designed to help people get along in a world that
doesn't always make it easy. The book covers a wide variety of
topics, from the ancient, i.e., table manners and how to use all that
silverware, to modern, as in, "Is it OK to send thank-you notes via
email?" (By the way the answer is NO!) This book is funny and clever
and very, very useful for all sorts of situations. The chapter on
workplace etiquette could justify a whole book on its own.
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This is a truly helpful, up-to-date guide. The question and answer form helped find out answers to questions I didn't even know that I had. Miss Manners is also hilarious, (I found myself laughing outloud to some of her answers) and her insight is ingenuous. Well done!
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If this were just required reading in school, we might have moderately well-mannered citizens. Miss Manners does it again, with excruciatingly correct advice on conversation, dress, deportment, correspondence, entertaining and general comportment from cradle to grave. Kudos to Ms. Martin for another worthy attempt at maintaining civilization in a world that's fast losing it.
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Miss Manners answers every ettiquette question you'd ever dream of, such as The Polite Way to announce a nude wedding; how to deal politely, but not wimpily, with rude people; the uses of all sorts of obscure silverware; and what to say when your dentist sends you a long-stemmed, plump red rose (with the attached card, "Welcome to our dental practice.") It's hilarious and wise at the same time.
My only wonder is whether she writes her own questions or not. Some are too fantastic to be credible, such as the hostess who stores marbles in her medicne cabinet to catch peekers red-handed. Anyway, read it and see for yourself.
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