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Norine's Books
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Saying Goodbye to Someone You Love: Your Emotional Journey Through End of
Life and Grief


Norine's Books

Come As You Aren't! Feeling at Home with Multicultural Celebrations (M. Evans, 2006)

Norine's Books

Multicultural Manners: Essential Rules of Etiquette for the 21st Century More Real-Life Dilemmas with Special Emphasis on Post 9/11 Conflicts
(Revised and Expanded Edition, Wiley, 2005)

Norine's Books

Multicultural Manners: New Rules of Etiquette for a Changing Society
(Wiley, 1996)

Norine's Books

I Felt Like I Was from Another Planet: Writing from Personal Experience (Addison-Wesley, 1994)

Norine's Books

Our Own Stories: Readings for Cross-cultural Communication - Second Edition (Longman/Addison-Wesley, 1995)

Norine's Books

Our Own Journeys (Longman/Pearson, 2003)

Books In Print


Multicultural Manners“Let’s see if we’ve got it all straight: Don’t hug a Vietnamese when greeting him, but peck a Portuguese on both cheeks. Don’t ever wear black to a Chinese wedding (the color suggests death), and use discretion in handing out yellow flowers (to an Armenian they mean you miss her; to an Iranian, they mean you hate her). Don’t clean your plate in a Cambodian’s dining room unless you really want more food, and fill the plate of your Salvadoran guest, who expects that of a good host.

A complicated place, this America. It is filled with people from so many different countries that it is ever harder to get through the day without a gaffe that offends one ethnic group or another. The book offers chapter after chapter of important dos and don’ts.”

from the New York Times

“Dresser believes everyone can benefit from knowing about immigrants’ customs. For teachers, it can forestall misinterpretation of simple gestures. For example, patting a Hmong (from the Laotian Highlands) child on the head is considered taboo because the head is a sacred part of the body. Even businesses need to be aware of unintentional offenses that can lead to reduced sales.”

from Newsday

“Norine Dresser has done a terrific job telling us—in the nicest, jokiest, kindest way—just how to avoid putting our foot in it.”

from Austin American-Statesman

“I’ve found the handiest guidebook around…. Somebody should have thought of this before.”

from San Francisco Bay Guardian