Miss Manners' Guide to Domestic Tranquility
The Authoritative Manual for Every Civilized Household, However Harried
By Judith Martin
(Three Rivers Press, Paperback, 9780609805398, 384pp.)
Publication Date: October 17, 2000
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Whether your family is nuclear, blended, extended or unrelated; whether you are single, divorced, living together or married; at a family dinner or dinner party; engaged in combat with the neighbors or the relatives -- there is simply no substitute for the core of civility that must reside at the heart of every house, condo or apartment if it is truly to be a home. With her trademark wit and insight, Miss Manners knocks household discourteousness off its foundation by revealing the secrets of:
Getting the housework done when you can't complain about the servant problem -- because the servant is you
Kindling warm memories rather than heated conflict at family occasions
Making use of common rooms instead of turning them into a mess or a museum -- while everyone huddles in their respective allotted upstairs spaces alone
Reviving the art of entertaining to make friends who will love you for yourself (it beats staying home alone watching TV)
Being pleasant enough to the neighbors so you're not afraid to walk out your
own front door
Refusing to recognize that the harried household cannot meet proper standards of behavior, especially since all households are now harried, Miss Manners explains how to return a sense of propriety -- and most of all, tranquility -- to domestic life.
Judith Martin's thrice-weekly syndicated column runs in more than two hundred North American newspapers. The author of Miss Manners: A Citizen's Guide to Civility, she lives in Washington, D.C.