Critics praise Wayne James' new LGBT-inclusive book on modern men's manners

"Manly Manners" cover art. (Barnes & Noble)

ST. CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands, Manly Manners: Lifestyle & Modern Etiquette for the Young Man of the 21st Century by fashion designer and former U.S. Virgin Islands senator Wayne James is garnering stellar reviews from the publishing industry's most discerning critics. 

Besides offering comprehensive instruction on etiquette-book standards such as table manners, men's hygiene and wardrobing, and how to hold a glass of red wine versus a glass of white, the 840-page treatise (volume one of a trilogy) also provides sound advice on subjects as varied and unexpected as how to delicately suggest an enema to a sex-partner prior to engaging in anal sex, what to expect when attending a Japanese funeral or a Persian wedding, and how to conduct oneself when granted an Audience with the pope or visiting a gay sauna (with or without rentboys).

The author's effortlessly elegant, witty writing-style is generating critical acclaim: "Sophisticated, amusing and entertaining," (BlueInk Reviews), "Emily Post would likely tremble in her petticoat at some of the subjects James takes on," (Foreword Clarion) and "The author provides a polymathic description of the world for people who wish to experience it to the fullest in a gentlemanly fashion," (Kirkus Reviews) are just a few of the compliments that have been paid to date.

On March 1, 2017, BlueInk Reviews declared James' Manly Manners "Book of the Week." And in April of 2017, BlueInk declared it one of the 21 best indie books of 2017.

"My aim was to write a book that speaks to the times," James said. "As such, topics once regarded as taboo or unsuitable for etiquette books are discussed openly and unapologetically.  How could I, in good conscience, write a book on 21st century men's manners and not give guidance on bullying, same-sex marriage, surviving police detention and incarceration, and international customs and faux pas? The world has changed, and so must books on manners."

The book's foreword is written by Baron Peter von Troil of Finland and Sweden, whose maternal family line has been connected to the author's family since the 1870s-for six generations.  And carefully placed throughout the book are illustrations, lists, and charts, all of which converge to make Manly Manners user-friendly and engaging even to young adult readers. An extensive index facilitates the navigation of the volume, and the book's tone is decidedly egalitarian and inclusive. 

"Any young man can cultivate himself into a gentleman," James said. "Manly Manners provides a comprehensive roadmap."

Published by the iUniverse Division of Penguin Random House and distributed by Ingram Books, Manly Manners: Lifestyle & Modern Etiquette for the Young Man of the 21st Century is available online at  Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iUniverse and in bookstores worldwide in hardcover, paperback and e-Book formats.

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