Talk to the Hand
The author of one of last year's best books (Eats, Shoots and Leaves, an outraged treatise on this culture's appalling grammar) delivers an outraged treatise on this culture's appalling manners. I know it doesn't sound like much fun, but oh, oh, oh, fun is exactly what it is. Especially if you're reasonably sure your own manners are unimpeachable. It's a slender volume, but hey, that just means it doesn't overstay its welcome. Polite to the very end.
category: best of 2005