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  • Routledge's Manual of Etiquetteby George Routledge

    The Floating Press 2009; US$ 4.99

    Compliance with, and deference to, the wishes of others is the finest breeding. When you cannot agree with the propositions advanced in general conversation, be silent. If pressed for your opinion, give it with modesty. Never defend your own views too warmly. When you find others remain unconvinced, drop the subject, or lead to some other topic. Look... more...

  • Minimizing Marriageby Elizabeth Brake

    Oxford University Press, USA 2012; US$ 16.99

    Even in secular and civil contexts, marriage retains sacramental connotations. Yet what moral significance does it have? This book examines its morally salient features - promise, commitment, care, and contract - with surprising results. In Part One, "De-Moralizing Marriage," essays on promise and commitment argue that we cannot promise to... more...

  • The Vogue Factorby Kirstie Clements

    Guardian Faber Publishing 2013; US$ 7.28

    The Vogue Factor is her candid account of life at the heart of the fashion industry, from photo shoots and celebrity interviews to the ugly truth behind the glamour - infighting, back-stabbing and the dangerous pursuit of beauty. This is the behind-the-scenes story of an illustrious career in fashion, from receptionist to the editor's chair. It's... more...

  • The Dead Beatby Marilyn Johnson

    HarperCollins 2009; Not Available

    Marilyn Johnson was enthralled by the remarkable lives that were marching out of this world?so she sought out the best obits in the English language and the people who spent their lives writing about the dead. She surveyed the darkest corners of Internet chat rooms, and made a pilgrimage to London to savor the most caustic and literate obits of all.... more...

  • The Gift of Thanksby Margaret Visser

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2009; US$ 14.99

    An inquiry into what we mean when we say "thank you." Visser examines all aspects of gratitude ranging from cultural histories to modern customs including mythology, folklore and fiction. more...

  • A Good Talkby Daniel Menaker

    Grand Central Publishing 2010; US$ 25.47

    A GOOD TALK is an analysis of and guide to that most exclusively human of all activities-- conversation . Drawing on over forty years of experience in American letters, Menaker pinpoints the factors that drive and enliven every good conversation: the vagaries (and joys) of subtext; the deeper structure and meaning of conversational flow; the subliminal... more...

  • A Good Talkby Daniel Menaker

    Grand Central Publishing 2010; Not Available

    A GOOD TALK is an analysis of and guide to that most exclusively human of all activities-- conversation . Drawing on over forty years of experience in American letters, Menaker pinpoints the factors that drive and enliven every good conversation: the vagaries (and joys) of subtext; the deeper structure and meaning of conversational flow; the subliminal... more...

  • I Stand Correctedby Eden Collinsworth

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2014; US$ 26.95

    A fascinating fusion of memoir, manners, and cultural history from a successful businesswoman well versed in the unique challenges of working in contemporary China. During the course of a career that has, quite literarily, moved her around the world, no country has fascinated Eden Collinsworth more than China, where she has borne witness to its... more...

  • Eat the Yearby Steff Deschenes

    Running Press 2014; US$ 16.00

    Everyone loves food. But did you know that every day is a national food or drink holiday? It?s true! There?s National Bloody Mary Day, National Cheese Lover?s Day, and even National Blueberry Pancake Day—just to name a few. Based on the popular blog Almanac of Eats, Eat the Year is a tribute to food-lovers everywhere that introduces a national... more...

  • Chu Hsi's "Family Rituals"by Patricia Buckley Ebrey; Chu Hsi

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 33.00

    Compiled by the great Neo-Confucian philosopher Chu Hsi (1130-1200), the Family Rituals is a manual for the private performance of the standard Chinese family rituals: initiations, weddings, funerals, and sacrifices to ancestral spirits. This translation makes the work, which is the most important text of its kind in the last thousand years of Chinese... more...