A prior generation of Americans had Emily Post to guide them in the ways of manners and polite behavior. We have Miss Manners, Judith Martin, who has been joyfully dispensing firm but gentle guidance since 1978. About 25 years ago Martin wrote a book called Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior, a book that has remained popular but which needed some updating. That's why Martin has now issued forth with an edition of the book that is "freshly updated."
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