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Miss Manners rescues civilization : from sexual harrassment, frivolous lawsuits, dissing, and other lapses in civility 1st. ed.
    Martin, Judith, 1938-
Publisher: Crown Publishers,
Pub date: 1996.
Pages: 497 p. ;
ISBN: 0517701642
Item info: 4 copies available at Elmira - Central (Steele) Library, Addison Public Library, Watkins Glen Public Library, and Wellsville - David A. Howe Public Library.
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Addison Public Library Copies Material Location
395 MAR 1 Adult NonFiction Book Standard shelving location
Elmira - Central (Steele) Library Copies Material Location
395 M381M 1 Adult NonFiction Book Standard shelving location
Watkins Glen Public Library Copies Material Location
395 MAR 1 Adult NonFiction Book Standard shelving location
Wellsville - David A. Howe Public Library Copies Material Location
STACKS 395 MAR 1 Adult NonFiction Book Adult Stacks
Summary
In an era of American history that has shown a heightened sensitivity toward the ideals of democracy, self-expression, freedom, and individual rights, we are paradoxically experiencing a breakdown in our nation's ability to function as a civil people.

From athletes who shout obscenities on national television to surgeons who blast their favorite music while operating, from gang members who kill those who've "dissed" them to mourners who treat funerals casually, we trample over the rights of others in a savage pursuit of individual agendas. We have cashed in etiquette (yes, the "E word") for a generous helping of self-importance, and the exchange is crippling our ability to function as a civil society.

In her ground-breaking new book, MISS MANNERS RESCUES CIVILIZATION: From Sexual Harassment, Frivolous Lawsuits, Dissing and Other Lapses in Civility , Judith Martin puts etiquette on the public agenda in response to our nation's cry for a return to civility.

A thought-provoking book that calls on etiquette to champion the quest for civil decency, MISS MANNERS RESCUES CIVILIZATION discusses the futility of using the law to correct our ever-increasing list of societal offenses cluttering the courts and declaring new laws has proved to be both costly and ineffective. However, a rebirth of good manners places the privileges and challenges of a civil society back where it belongs in the hands of the individual. This witty, thoughtful, and timely book responds to the public cry for a return to civility and puts etiquette on an equal plane with morality as society's most powerful guiding force. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
Publishers Weekly Review
"There has been a decided drop in the quality of disgusting things being done in public," Martin observes in this compendium of contemporary behavioral problems. With charm and wit, she minutely examines the rents in the social fabric since the 1960s, when many traditional guidelines for civility were abandoned with little to replace them but self-interest or confusion. She maintains that the basis for a workable society is still consideration for others as well as for self, and that etiquette is not an antiquated set of Victorian rules but an urgent necessity in what can otherwise be a social jungle. In the form of answers to real and imagined letters from readers of her syndicated "Miss Manners" newspaper column, Martin holds forth with more than superficial wisdom on problems encountered in the workplace, between the sexes, between parents and children and in a variety of legal, political, public and private situations. Little is too trivial for her to consider (if you are a vegetarian, how, if at all, should you thank your employer, who gives you a turkey for Thanksgiving every year?), but she does not ignore such larger issues as bigotry and date rape. More than a book on etiquette, this is both entertaining and serious social commentary. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved From: Reed Elsevier Inc. Copyright Reed Business Information
Library Journal Review
Is the concept of etiquette outmoded? Certainly not, as Martin, a.k.a. Miss Manners (Ms. Manners on (Painfully Proper) Weddings, LJ 12/95), proves in this witty dialectic. Noting that good manners have come under attack in recent years, Miss Manners points out that courtesy is not repression but the indispensable foundation of a livable society. Illustrated by letters from her syndicated column and excerpts from news stories, this is less a how-to manual than a polemic. Cogent and well written, the book provides a fascinating look at modern society. For general collections.-Susan B. Hagloch, Tuscarawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, Ohio (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. From: Reed Elsevier Inc. Copyright Reed Business Information
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Leader am8a0c
Date/time stamp 19960131092545.5
Fixed field data 960125s1996 nyu 001 0 eng
LCCN 96001939
ISBN 0517701642 : $30.00
Local system # (Sirsi) i9780517701645
Local system # (Sirsi) ABV-4796
Local system # DBSRVR::LCMARC/AUE-5692/STL_MARCIA
Cataloging Source DLC DLC
Geographic Area Code n-us---
LC Call Number BJ1853 .M297 1996
Dewey Decimal Classification Number 395 20
Local call number 395 MAR
Local call number 395 M381m
Personal Author Martin, Judith, 1938-
Title Miss Manners rescues civilization : from sexual harrassment, frivolous lawsuits, dissing, and other lapses in civility / Judith Martin.
Edition 1st. ed.
Publication info New York : Crown Publishers, 1996.
Projected pub date 9605
Physical description 497 p. ; 25 cm.
General Note Includes index.
Subject term Etiquette for children and teenagers.
Off line Library 395 MAR ADDISON
Held by ELMIRA ADDISON WATKINSGLN WELLSVILLE