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Star-Spangled Manners: In Which Miss Manners Defends American Etiquette (for a Change)
Judith Martin (au); Michael Wood (il)
American manners -- a contradiction in terms? Not so, says the doyenne of etiquette, Miss Manners, in this rendering of the revolutionary drama of our home-grown customs. Martin recounts here with characteristic wit how Amer. fashioned an etiquette of egalitarian respect -- a story that spans the misunderstood origins of our table manners to the much-overlooked legacy of African slaves to etiquette. Martin pays playful homage to the Amer. character, the revolutionary roots & creative independence of our newly minted manners. From cradle to grave, she analyzes every aspect of Amer. life & the rituals that both define & undermine our culture to show us that, although we still may not know what to do, we can at least know why.
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