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Miss Manners Minds Your Business

Nicholas Ivor Martin, Judith Martin


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Digital Audiobook (9/30/2013)
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A witty guide to managing a real life wisely in a work-centered world.

What do your colleagues, overlords, underlings, clients, and customers have in common? Not knowing how much they annoy you. Not to mention how much you may be annoying them. The route from cubicle to corner office is strewn with etiquette landmines. And now that the boundaries that once cleanly separated work from personal life are blurred, even polite people don’t recognize the difference between professional and social manners.


  • What do you say to a colleague who has just been fired? 

  • How do you maintain a family-friendly office without discriminating against singles? 

  • What’s the difference between showing romantic interest and sexual harassment? 

  • Which colleagues should be invited to family weddings? 

  • When should you be unavailable, at or away from work?


Don’t convene a focus group or appeal to Human Resources—consult Miss Manners!

With wit and wisdom, Miss Manners restores civility, guiding you around your coworker’s messy cubicle, past your overly prying boss, around the bridal shower for the new temp, and through tedious staff meetings.

In Miss Manners Minds Your Business, Judith Martin and her son, executive Nicholas Ivor Martin, equip readers with the practical, pertinent, and utterly correct advice necessary to win the job, keep the job, and leave the job with sanity and dignity intact.

Praise For Miss Manners Minds Your Business

Intrepid, practical, and always humane, Miss Manners tackles common workplace hazards: irritating colleagues, rude customers, business travel, and office parties, which she’d prefer to see replaced by 'genuine workplace treats such as bonuses and time off.'

As they parse delicate questions of hierarchy, privacy, focus, gender, age, family matters, illness, gossip, rants, business trips, meetings, and socializing, the Martins broach the very core of human relationships. They also drive home the fact that our lives would be vastly improved if we consistently worked together with dignity, respect, responsibility, patience, and, as they so ably demonstrate, a sense of humor.

[H]umorous yet helpful advice… an enjoyable collection.

The business world would run much more smoothly if everyone lived by Miss Manners’s rules of etiquette. Her latest witty guidebook is written with her son Nicholas, who has a day job as director of operations at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393081367, 320pp.

Publication Date: September 23, 2013

About the Author

Nicholas Ivor Martin, who wrote The DaCapo Opera Manual, worked at the White House and was publisher of the Washington Monthly before becoming director of operations at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter.

Judith Martin, born a perfect lady in an imperfect society, is the author of the “Miss Manners” columns and best-selling books, two novels, and a travel book on Venice. She and her husband live in Washington, DC.

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