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Emily Post's Etiquette, 18th Edition

Emily Post’s Etiquette, 18th edition

This is the definitive guide to American manners. Still authored by Post family etiquette experts, it provides clear answers on a vast range of social, business, and wedding etiquette questions. Emily Post’s Etiquette, 18th edition, uses a conversational tone of voice to tackle modern issues—from texting and tweeting to iPhones and Facebook. The 18th edition also incorporates younger voices, as Peggy Post welcomes her nieces and nephew and Emily Post’s great-great grandchildren, Anna Post, Lizzie Post, and Daniel Post Senning. Together they answer today’s toughest etiquette questions on topics ranging from everyday manners and life in the workplace to life stages and weddings, including questions such as:

  • Do I have to respond to every email and text?
  • A business client is sick with a cold—am I obliged to shake his hand?
  • When is it okay to “unfriend” someone on Facebook?
  • If I’m in the middle seat of an airplane row, do I automatically get both armrests?
  • Is it wrong for the bride and groom to tweet at their own wedding?
  • Do I have to bring a gift to my friend’s engagement party?

While they address contemporary issues, the Posts don’t stint on classic advice. Emily Post’s Etiquette, 18th edition, includes guides on correct use of names and titles, official forms of address, dress codes, invitation wording, dining etiquette, and wedding planning.

According to Peggy Post, though times have changed, one truth remains constant. “Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.”

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