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.
Miss Manners is one of our favorite reads. We take turns reading aloud the letters/answers to each other, one every morning when her column is not in the newspaper!Published 21 months ago by Earle Williams
I thought this would read as a manual for life. instead its a collection of letters and replies that have been catagorized.Published 22 months ago by SoCalSteve
Miss Manners rises to the occasion in times of cultural turmoil. The unspoken assumptions which held up pretty well even 15 yrs ago are no longer valid quite as often. Read morePublished on May 3, 2005 by A reader