Sunday, January 8th, 2017

East and West Book Club meeting


Minutes by Eric

Time: Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Participants: Yang, Annie, Lishan, Sharon, Tracy, Ashley, Eric, Ellen, Jewvelry, Sierra (quite a lot this meeting)

Book: Miss Manners’ Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior


Read pages 61-67, finished unit “concerning children” and started “common courtesy for all ages”. Participants also shared many valuable experiences relating to the book.

Birthday party is the most important social event in childhood. Children can learn manners such as showing hospitality to guests, sharing personal belongings, and more. The invited side should show appreciation and also behave well. Parents learn the planning of the party, protecting valuables, socializing with other parents, problem solving, etc.

A sleep over is the second most important social event in childhood, according to Miss Manners. To achieve a well sleep over, both sides must have necessary and proper manners. A good sleep over means the child knows the appropriate behavior to communication and dealing with people in general. Some manners are bring proper equipments, stick to the schedule, and be friendly and thankful to everyone.

In the introduction to common courtesies, the author specifically talked about introducing people. The basic rule is to “introduce inferiors to superiors”(p.66). Introduce younger people to old, men to women, strangers to relatives, common people to higher ranking ones, etc. If they at the same ranking, there is no specific order. Since we haven’t read all parts of “introductions and greetings”, the explanation will continue in the next minutes.

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