Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior (Hardcover)

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Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior (Hardcover)

By Judith Martin, Gloria Kamen (Illustrator)

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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.



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.
Product Details ISBN: 9780393058741
ISBN-10: 0393058743
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: April 17th, 2005
Pages: 864
Language: English
[Judith Martin] is an extremely useful philosopher, and I consult her frequently, in order to behave better.
— Daniel Handler - New York Times Book Review

In the almost twenty years I’ve owned it, Miss Manners’ Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior—an 800-plus page brick of good sense—has rarely rested on the shelf.…When I read Martin, I feel understood. And not understood merely as I am (impatient, exhausted, distracted by that one last text I need to send), but understood as I would like to be.

— Ben Dolnick