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Since 1993, Grove Press has been both a hardcover and paperback imprint of Grove Atlantic publishing fiction, drama, poetry, literature in translation, and general nonfiction. Authors and titles include Jon Lee Anderson’s Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life, Robert Olen Butler’s A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain (Pulitzer Prize for Literature 1993), Kiran Desai’s Inheritance of Loss (Man Booker Prize 2006), Richard Flanagan’s Gould’s Book of Fish (Commonwealth Prize 2002), Ismail Kadare’s The Siege, Jerzy Kosinski’s Steps (National Book Award 1969), Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls, Nick McDonell’s Twelve, Catherine Millet’s The Sexual Life of Catherine M., Pascal Mercier’s Night Train to Lisbon, Kay Ryan (Poet Laureate of the United States 2008/9) as well as Antonio Lobo Antunes, Will Self, Barry Hannah, Terry Southern, and many others.

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Long, Last, Happy

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An Etiquette Book for Rude People
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Atlantic Monthly Press
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Republican Party Reptile and Holidays in Hell were best-sellers around the world and established P.J. O’Rourke as the humorist for our times. In Modern Manners our newest cultural guru provides the essential accessory for the truly contemporary man or woman—a rulebook for living in a world without rules.

Traditionally, good manners were a means of becoming as bland and invisible as everyone else, and thus of avoiding calling attention to one’s own awkwardness and stupidity. Today, with everyone wanting to appear special, stupidity is at a premium and manners—as outrageous and bizarre as possible—are a wonderful way to distinguish ourselves, or have a fine time trying.

Modern Manners is an irreverent and hilarious guide to anti-etiquette for the 1990s and beyond that offers pointed advice on a range of topics from sex and entertaining to reading habits and death. With the most up-to-date forms of vulgarity, churlishness, and presumption, the latest fashions in discourtesy and barbarous display, P.J. O’Rourke makes it easier for all of us to survive with style in a rude world.

A Few of P. J. O’Rourke’s Rules for Living in the Modern World:

· “It’s better to spend money like there’s no tomorrow than tospend tonight like there’s no money.”

· “Guns are always the best method for private suicide. Drugs are too chancy. You might miscalculate the dosage and just have a good time.”

· “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.”

· “Never refuse wine. It is an odd but universally held opinion that anyone who doesn’t drink must be an alcoholic.”

· “A woman should dress to attract attention. To attract the most attention, a woman should be either nude or wearing something as expensive as getting her nude is going to be.”

· “We must be as obsequious as possible to famous people and do everything in our power to make them like us. Fame is a communicable disease. And if you get screwed by someone who’s got it, you may catch it yourself.”
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