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Jeanne Martinet (author)

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Jeanne Martinet (born 1958 is an American author. She has had seven works of nonfiction and two works of fiction published.[1] [2] Her nonfiction books are humorous self-help guides to dealing with various aspects of social interaction and social mores, including a 2020 handbook for navigating the current political polarization titled Mingling with the Enemy: A Social Survival Guide for Our Divided Era.[3] Her longest selling book is The Art of Mingling, first published in 1992. [4] In 2015, Martinet’s romance comic spoof Truer Than True Romance was named one of “The 10 funniest books of all time” by Inc. Magazine. [5]

Martinet has appeared as a social expert on numerous TV and radio shows, including NBC’s “The Today Show” [6] and NPR’s “Morning Edition” [7] She has been featured in many newspapers and magazines [8] [9] [10] [11] and has written for The New York Times, [12] Ozy Magazine, [13] Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post and other publications.

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Jeanne Martinet (author)


Jeanne Martinet was born in Baltimore, Maryland. Her grandfather was Eugene Martinet, who founded the Baltimore Civic Opera company in 1927 and was its artistic director until 1947 [14] . Her uncle is Herman Raucher, an author and screenwriter whose most acclaimed work is Summer of 42’. Martinet received her B.A. in English Literature from the University of Virginia in 1980 and attended the Denver Publishing Institute in 1984.

Martinet’s first book, The Art of Mingling (1992, 2006, 2015) was a Library Journal Editors’ Pick for Fall 2015 [15] and has been published worldwide. Martinet’s philosophy is that everyone wants--and needs--to makes connections with their fellow human beings, and yet this is where most people’s greatest fears and failures lie.

BIBLIOGRAPHY Martinet, Jeanne (2020). Mingling with the Enemy: A Social Survival Guide for Our Divided Era. Oakland, California: New Harbinger Publications. ISBN: 978-1684035212.

Martinet, Jeanne (2015). The Art of Mingling: Proven Techniques for Mastering Any Room – New and Revised Edition. Third Edition. New York City: St. Martin’s Press. ISBN: 978-1250061768.

Martinet, Jeanne (2012). Etiquette for the End of the World. New York City: Liza Dawson Associates. ISBN: 978-0615683416.

Martinet, Jeanne (2009). Life is Friends: A Complete Guide to the Lost Art of Connecting in Person. New York City: Stewart, Tabori & Chang. ISBN: 978-1584797500.

Martinet, Jeanne (2006). The Art of Mingling: Proven Techniques for Mastering Any Room – Revised and Updated, Second Edition. New York City, St. Martin’s Press. ISBN: 978-0312354312.

Martinet, Jeanne (2001). Truer Than True Romance: Classic Love Comics Retold. New York City: Watson-Guptill. ISBN: 978-0823084388.

Martinet, Jeanne (2000). Artful Dodging: Painless Techniques for Avoiding Anyone, Anytime. New York City: St. Martin’s Press. ISBN: 978-0312254605.

Martinet, Jeanne (1997). Come-ons, Comebacks and Kiss-offs: Date Lines Every Woman Needs to Survive Her Search for the Holy Male. New York City: St. Martin’s Press. ISBN: 978-0312168094.

Martinet, Jeanne (1996). The Faux pas Survival Guide: The Fine Art of Removing Your Foot from Your Mouth. New York City: St. Martin’s Press. ISBN: 978-0312146214.

Martinet, Jeanne (1996). Getting Beyond Hello: Miss Mingle’s Guide to Navigating the Nineties. New York City: Citadel Press. ISBN: 978-0806517858.

Martinet, Jeanne (1992). The Art of Mingling: Easy, Fun and Proven Techniques for Mastering Any Room. New York City: St. Martin’s Press. ISBN: 978-0312083168.


  1. New Harbinger Publications author page (Retrieved November 30, 2020).
  2. “Jeanne Martinet author page” (Retrieved November 30, 2020).
  3. Publisher’s Weekly, book review, Mingling with the Enemy (Retrieved September 8, 2020).
  4. Macmillan Publishing Company author page: (Retrieved November 29, 2020).
  5. James, Geoffrey. “The 10 Funniest Books of All Time,” (October 9, 2015).
  6. “The Today Show,” NBC. Katie Couric interviews author Jeanne Martinet. (October 2, 1992).
  7. “Morning Edition,” National Public Radio: “Mingle All the Way Through Holiday Parties” (Jeanne Martinet interview with Steve Inskeep). (December 8. 2006).
  8. Morris, Bob, “Feeling Socially Awkward? Even Extroverts Are a Little Rusty” The New York Times (Retrieved December 21, 2020).
  9. Morris, Bob, “Not so Holly Jolly” The New York Times (December 3, 2006).
  10. Elejalde-Ruiz, Alexia, “Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the Office Holiday Party,” The Chicago Tribune (December 17, 2015).
  11. Henley, Kari, “Reviving the Dinner Party and ‘Serial Socializing’ - Real Friends Over 30,” The Huffington Post (September 16, 2009).
  12. Martinet, Jeanne “I’d Love to, but I’ll be in Bora Bora...” The New York Times (September 3, 2000).
  13. Martinet, Jeanne “Why the Humble Ukulele Could be Your New Yoga,” Ozy Magazine (August 14, 2017).
  14. Smith, Tim “The Baltimore Opera at 50,” The Baltimore Sun (October 15, 2000).
  15. Editors’ Fall 2015 Picks, Library Journal (September 14, 2015).


Official Website:

Jeanne Martinet blog, The Huffington Post.

“Please Explain”: Leonard Lopate interview with Jeanne Martinet on WNYC’s “The Leonard Lopate Show” (December 15, 2006).

Tory “Holiday Issue: The Art of the Dinner Party” (December 18, 2017).

Twitter: @Miss_Mingle

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