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Digital technologies have brought immense changes to the workplace, including “the blurring of the line between the personal and the professional,” a boundary nationally syndicated columnist and best-selling author Martin, aka Miss Manners, seeks to reestablish. In her seventeenth book, she takes on the challenges of office life and advocates firmly for civility, with the assistance of her son, Nicholas, director of operations at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Responding to hilarious, troubling, and illuminating examples of atrocious behavior and appalling situations, the Martins offer brisk and practical guidance on coping with everything from job interviews to phone, e-mail, and social-media protocol to office hygiene and attire (including nose rings), loud talkers, snoops, snitches, and time wasters. As they parse delicate questions of hierarchy, privacy, focus, gender, age, family matters, illness, gossip, rants, business trips, meetings, and socializing, the Martins broach the very core of human relationships. They also drive home the fact that our lives would be vastly improved if we consistently worked together with dignity, respect, responsibility, patience, and, as they so ably demonstrate, a sense of humor. --Donna Seaman

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“As they parse delicate questions of hierarchy, privacy, focus, gender, age, family matters, illness, gossip, rants, business trips, meetings, and socializing, the Martins broach the very core of human relationships. They also drive home the fact that our lives would be vastly improved if we consistently worked together with dignity, respect, responsibility, patience, and, as they so ably demonstrate, a sense of humor.” — Booklist

“[H]umorous yet helpful advice… an enjoyable collection.” — Library Journal

“Both a sad and hilarious commentary on the state of the modern workplace.” — Phyllis Korkki (New York Times)

“The business world would run much more smoothly if everyone lived by Miss Manners’s rules of etiquette. Her latest witty guidebook is written with her son Nicholas, who has a day job as director of operations at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.” — Bloomberg.com
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (September 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393081362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393081367
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #720,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marie on November 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Miss Manners addresses all kinds of concerns faced by people in the workplace in her usual wise and humorous style. Sometimes I wonder how Judith Martin finds out about the things that people do -- things they would never do in her presence. She's able to discern much more than just what a Gentle Reader tells in a letter. Almost like she's been there, done that. But that's not possible...
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MISS MANNERS MINDS YOUR BUSINESS is the latest in a long line of Miss Manners books. As always, Judith Martin is at the helm, this time joined by her real-life son, Nicholas Ivor Martin, GM for Chicago's Lyric Opera. An enjoyable book in the Miss Manners style; those who have read her earlier books will have a good idea what to expect. For those that haven't, each chapter is in two parts: the first, Judith Martin's (Miss Manners') thoughts on aspects of business life, particularly the inroads of privacy-destroying technology and the amount of "pseudo-socializing" that would make colleagues and co-workers into friends and buddies -- or does it? The second part consists of Q&A from beleaguered questioners and Miss Manners' sensible and often witty answers. A fine book, but I did miss the pen-and-ink drawings that have accompanied many earlier titles such as the ground-breaking Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior (Freshly Updated) (1978, revised 2005). Even an observer as prickly and relatively detached as Judith Martin nonetheless comes off, at times, as put off by a business culture so unwittingly bipolar: stricter than ever regarding speech and gender issues yet urging its employees to whoop it up at parties full of unwritten rules about true vs. decorative whooping. Employees are frequently urged to reveal their pasts in terms of disadvantages overcome, even to the extent of mentioning 12-step-histories, ironically putting the truly strait-laced and circumspect under a cloud of suspicion for suspected, but repressed or unacknowledged sins. This was a tough row to hoe, but it came off well. I wish the book had been a little longer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Earle Williams on November 27, 2013
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Yet another super compilation from Miss Manners. This one is delightful from beginning to end, even if you have been retired for awhile.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline Rodriguez on December 29, 2013
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Miss Manners never disappoints and this book is well worth the price. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to learn business etiquette
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Smith on October 28, 2013
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Miss Martin is a genius. I have loved her since Miss Manners' Guide to Excrutiatingly Correct Bahavior. Funny, strict, and affable, Miss Martin keeps me smiling.
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I have been a fan of Miss Manners since I was fortunate enough to find a book of hers at my local library. Since then, I've read every book, many columns and even one of her novels.

The book is structured in a familiar way, with the first part of each chapter devoted to an essay by Martin, and the second part of the chapter a form of Q&A, with letters from readers asking specific questions on that chapter's topics.

This book does not disappoint, and is both a good introduction to Martin's work and a welcome addition to other long-time readers such as myself. However, the book does not deliver as much of the pithy, delicious sarcasm and laugh-out-loud content that earlier books have given. Perhaps it is I who have lost my sense of humor, but I had really hoped to reach for my wife's handkerchief to wipe away the tears of laughter that sprang to my eyes so often in her other works.

Regardless, the book is a worthy addition to Martin's collection. Her frankness and expertise in this critically important subject, as well as her thorough understanding of a broad array of topics is truly unmatched. There isn't a person I have met who couldn't benefit from, and enjoy, any of Martin's work.
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Like everything that Judith Martin writes (and now with her son Nicholas), this book is witty and engaging and full of practical advice about how to treat others civilly and with respect. The book includes insightful suggestions about how to handle dilemmas that frequently turn up in the workplace. The underlying theme is compassion and respect for the feelings of others, which makes this a timely read for every working American.
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She's witty and sharp of mind, and incredibly entertaining while also extremely educational. Two thumbs up. A great simple read.
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