The New Basic Black

Home Training for Modern Times

By Karen Grigsby Bates; Karen Elyse Hudson; Deborah A. Porter (Illustrator)
(Doubleday Books, Hardcover, 9780385516266, 523pp.)

Publication Date: December 6, 2005

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A newly revised modern manual of manners and etiquette that has become an African American classic.
Unlike the more traditional etiquette books that many African Americans may find stodgy, off-putting, and culturally alien, "The New Basic Black "is for real people who live real lives--and it addresses many of the issues of a growing black middle class. Straightforward, user-friendly, and illustrated with line drawings, "The New Basic Black" includes all the information any well-mannered person would want to know about the social rites of passage (marriage, birth, christening, death), the corporate workplace (standard work issues and the more delicate issue of race and its impact on a work environment), various occasions (having guests or being a guest at a summer home, etc.), and everyday rules and rituals that make living in hectic times a little easier. The revised edition of "The New Basic Black "also contains the intricacies of Internet etiquette, tips for travel in the post-9/11 age, and a wealth of other invaluable information that will make life more comfortable.
For singles and families alike, "The New Basic Black "takes the mystery out of conventional etiquette and will arm the reader with confidence in any situation.

About the Author
Karen Grigsby Bates is a Los Angeles-based correspondent for NPR News, the author of the Alex Powell mystery series, and co-author, wih Karen Elyse Hudson, of the best-selling etiquette book "Basic Black: Home Training For Modern Times". She and her husband, photographer Bruce W. Talamon, are the parents of a college-aged son.

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