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Miss Conduct’s Mind Over Manners: Master the Slippery Rules of Modern Ethics

By JUDITH CHETTLE, Richmond Times-Dispatch, July 5th, 2009

"Navigating one's way in contemporary society is no longer merely a question of knowing which fork to use. Rather, as Robin Abrahams persuasively reports in "Miss Conduct's Mind over Manners," it is knowing how to cope with "the dilemmas that live in the gray area between ethics and protocol."

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Yale Law School professor Michael Graetz's THE END OF ENERGY, which recounts the legacy of failed 1970s approaches to energy policy and what we must do to create effective policies for the future, to John Covell at MIT Press, by Wendy Strothman at The Strothman Agency (World).

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Yesterday the Supreme Court handed down the most anticipated decision of its term, finding that white firefighters denied promotion in New Haven, Connecticut, were the victims of racial discrimination.

In doing so, the justices overturned a ruling joined by Federal appeals court judge, and high court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor. That alone grabbed a lot of headlines.

But more profound are the questions raised about civil rights law and the future of affirmative action in the United States.

To listen to the show or read the listener comments, click here.




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Literary Agent Rachelle Gardner (@RachelleGardner) has started a #Pubtip hashtag on Twitter for all tweeting agents and editors to use to collect all of their publishing tips and tricks into one place.

Even if you don't tweet, you can view all the advice here. Make sure to check back often, as new tips are likely to be added every day.

Looking to start following publishing people on Twitter? There is a great directory of Trade Publishing people on Twitter here on And you can follow The Strothman Agency @strothmanagency.

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Brown University neuroscientist Seth Horowitz's OF SOUND MIND, showing how our sense of hearing manipulates the way we think, consume, sleep, and feel, and why some sounds make us cringe while others make us happy, to Benjamin Adams at Bloomsbury, by Wendy Strothman at The Strothman Agency (World).

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Moying Li has won a Massachusetts Book Award for Nonfiction for her memoir SNOW FALLING IN SPRING (FSG).

SNOW FALLING IN SPRING traces Li's coming of age in China during the Cultural Revolution and her eventual emigration to the U.S. in her 20s.

Congratulations, Moying!

To read the press release and find out about the other award winners, click here.



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"The Rejecter" has written a great post about writing a synopsis and the things that are important to remember (including several reasons why you shouldn't worry so much  about it). 

If you are getting ready to write a synopsis of your work, or just one of those authors who worries about it, I highly suggest you check out The Rejecters post: The Infamous Synopsis.

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James Scott and his father John Scott discuss the attack on the Liberty and James' experiences interviewing John, a surviving Liberty officer.

To watch the Fox News interview, click  here.

Make sure to also check out Jame's guest posts on this blog about how family letters helped him write the book.

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Author Michael Kodas stopped by our office last month to discuss the dark underside of Mount Everest and the book he wrote exposing the thieves, prostitutes, con men, and blackmailers who thrive on the mountain.

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THE ATTACK ON THE LIBERTY author James Scott's THE WAR BELOW, about the perils of submarine warfare in the Pacific during WWII, to Bob Bender at Simon & Schuster, by Wendy Strothman at The Strothman Agency (World English).

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