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Miss Manners' Guide for the Turn-of-the-Millennium Paperback – November 15, 1990
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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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- Item Weight : 2.57 pounds
- Paperback : 768 pages
- ISBN-10 : 067172228X
- Dimensions : 7.38 x 2.1 x 9.25 inches
- ISBN-13 : 978-0671722289
- Publisher : Touchstone; 1st Fireside ed edition (November 15, 1990)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,527,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In this book the author handles the usual etiquette intricacies of silverware placement and Thank You notes. In addition, she bravely treads new grounds in terms of how to socially interact with cohabiting couples of any gender combination. She deals with the U.N. negotiations level complexities of inviting multiply married parents (plus current partners) to the wedding of their common offspring.
Yes, Miss Manners gives great advice with wit and insight ... and it makes great food for thought. But some of her suggestions do not seem practical. Can a 22 yr-old really get away with raising her eyebrows and not answering a question posed to her by someone several decades older? Methinks not. That would seem an etiquette breach in itself.
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.
This book is refreshing in an era when "no gifts please" is seen as de rigeur, when "manners" seem to involve "encouraging" friends to adopt one's own self-improvement kicks, and courtesy i speech is a statement that one does not believe in democracy. This is the genuine article.