Looking for a good gift to give to a family, or take to a housewarming, or give to a student? Try How To Be: A Guide To Contemporary Living For African Americans by Harriette Cole.
In the book, the author treats manners and etiquette as a source of empowerment for African Americans, rather than a judgmental view that gives a rigid set of do's and don'ts.
Covering topics such as Workplace Issues, Dating, Entertaining, Rites of Passage, and Money, How To Be is based on part experience and part wisdom of the elders from a black perspective.
Whether you call it manners, etiquette, or just good home training (good home training blog entry), everything has a time, place, and manner, and resource books like How To Be provide good lessons to enforce or reinforce what our parents and grandparents taught us while growing up.