Saying Goodbye to Someone You Love (May 12, 2010)


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Co-authored with Fredda Wasserman, Director of Adult Programs and Medical Education, Our House Grief Support Center.

Saying Goodbye to Someone You Love consists of moving narratives about end of life and grief.  These personal histories are complemented by practical guidelines for those caring for their loved ones through the last stages of life.  For those who are grieving, the true-to-life-stories demonstrate how others have navigated through the tidal wave of emotions and reactions that characterize the grief process.  For health care professionals and those who are offering support to grievers, Saying Goodbye to Someone You Love provides a new perspective on the challenges of caring for the dying and living with grief.

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


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Whether you are a new member of a multiracial/interfaith family, the father of a same-sex bride, or mother of an adopted daughter from China, in her book Come As You Aren’t!, Norine Dresser offers suggestions for mixed families in avoiding social pitfalls at holidays and rituals for birth, coming age, marriage, death, and other significant life events.

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


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A brand new global section culturally deconstructs 70 different countries making headlines and impacting our lives.

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


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Informative, entertaining, humorous, Multicultural Manners gives readers a new understanding of our changing society. Included are appropriate works to day in different cultural settings as well as warnings about taboos for a wide range of situations. Multicultural Manners received the 1998 Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations, John Anson Ford Award for improving intergroup harmony.

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


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This book features a teacher resource guide as well as students’ stories of cultural adjustment. Helps students with the process of writing as they explore cultural differences and their own feelings of alienation or confusion.

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

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For Intermediate English as a Second Language classes, this book presents cultural issues through the eyes of students. It is written from the heart-student essays-sad, funny, and inspiring-are the centerpiece of each unit.

Our Own Journeys: Readings for Cross-cultural Communication (Longman/Pearson, 2003)


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American Vampires: Fans, Victims, Practitioners (Norton, 1989)


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Dresser’s lively exploration of the symbolism and role of vampires in the U.S. was awarded the 1989 “Best Literature Award” from the Count Dracula Society. Interest in the book was evident when Dresser made a special guest appearance with George Hamilton on an internationally televised two-hour show, “Dracula, Live from Transylvania,” taped in Hungary.

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American Vampires: Fans, Victims, Practitioners (Vintage, 1990)

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Multicultural Celebrations: Today’s Rules of Etiquette for Life’s Special Occasions (Three Rivers Press, 1999)


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In our multicultural society, one’s opportunities for cultural enrichment are as frequent and numerous as one’s opportunities for sticking one’s foot in it, socially speaking. If your neighbor or colleague has just given birth and you’re invited to the ensuing party, you may be expected to remove your shoes, bring red roses, contribute to a potluck meal, or ward off evil spirits by making derogatory statements such as “the baby smells of poo-poo,” depending on whether the celebrating family is Cambodian, Ethiopian, Hawaiian, or Hmong. And while those outside the culture aren’t expected to know every tradition, it’s nice to avoid major faux pas or cultural taboos, and to participate in the celebration as fully as feels appropriate.