Norine’s Books

Multicultural Manners bookcoverCross-cultural customs and beliefs have fascinated me all my life.   When I became a folklorist over 40 years ago, this passion became the focus of my university teaching, research and writing.

I see its application in a myriad of settings in contemporary daily life including business, education and the health care system.  My books and articles reflect the heart of my addiction to folklore.

However, death interrupts life.  When my husband, Harold, was diagnosed as terminally ill in 2006 and I became his primary caregiver in home hospice, I was plunged into another reality.

For one year, I cared for him and learned so much.  I became compelled to teach others about the dying process.  Consequently, I combined my newly acquired knowledge with the expertise sayinggoodbye book coverof Death and Grief specialist, Fredda Wasserman, to produce, Saying Goodbye to Someone You Love: Your Emotional Journey Through End of Life and Grief.

Topics of my other books and articles range from vampires to cat and horse bar mitzvahs to wedding traditions in 19th century California to urban legends about anti-Semitism and missing gerbils, and the Chinese Militia during World War II.

For a complete list of my books, see my website.

comeIf you have ever felt like an outsider, looking in on life, you may want to read Come as You Aren’t, a book. Whether you are a recent immigrant, or extending your family to include people of other religions, customs, or beliefs, I have some  suggestions for mixed families in avoiding social pitfalls at holidays and rituals for birth, coming of age, marriage, death, and other significant life events.



1 thought on “Norine’s Books”

  1. Dear Norine,

    I was considering using your book for a University course entitled ‘Intercultural Communication’ this coming fall, but I have decided against it based on this simple passage from the introduction.

    “…Lt. Col. Michael T. Mahoney, the U.S. Army commanding officer of Forward Operating Base Thunder in Iraq, has worked hard to absorb Iraqi customs and etiquette. His motivation? To win the peace.”

    Maybe if you had said something along the lines of “To give the Iraqi people a false sense of trust to facilitate securing U.S. interests in the region.” I would reconsider. Your Americanist perspective, from the very beginning of your book however, has led me to believe there will be a bias throughout it and teaching such material to minorities in the U.S. such as Muslims and especially Iraqis will seem too condescending.

    -Michael Williams

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