Title: Modern Manners: An Etiquette Book For Rude ...
Publisher: The Atlantic Monthly Press, A Morgan Entrekin Book
Publication Date: 1988
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First Edition.
Signed by Author 087113313X This hardcover book is Very Good Plus, being square and tight. The boards and spine have no wear with pristine lettering. The edges of the block show a whisper of soiling. The pages and endpages are clean, with no markings or folds. The dustjacket is As New. Original Price is intact. The mylar covering the dustjacket shows several small areas of creasing (not effecting the Fine dustjacket). Not ex-lib. No remainder mark. This copy is signed by the Author on the title page without inscription. Bookseller Inventory # 007123
Synopsis: A rule book for living in a world without rules, Modern Manners is an irreverent guide to anti-etiquette for the '90s and beyond. Pointed advice covers a range of topics from sex to death to reading habits. Also included are the most up-to-date forms of vulgarity and churlishness, as well as the latest fashion in discourtesy and barbarous display.
Review: As one of the few folks who made it out of the National Lampoon alive and writing, P. J. O'Rourke is--a comment that might please him more than most humorists--an elder statesman of American humor. While this says much about the thinness of the field, you gotta give him his props.
Modern Manners is good, early O'Rourke, a book that you can read and enjoy without being to the right of Francisco Franco. Who can resist lines such as "A hat should be taken off when you greet a lady and left off for the rest of your life. Nothing looks more stupid than a hat." Or, "Don't wear a tweed jacket to work unless you expect to flush a covey of quail from behind the Xerox machine." Manners are a moving target, and some sections are in need of revision (cocaine really was a big deal, wasn't it?), but don't let that dissuade you. By and large, Modern Manners comes through admirably.
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