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Emily Post's Etiquette 18th Edition [Hardcover]

Peggy Post
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Oct. 7 2011 Emily Post's Etiquette
For nearly a century, one name has been trusted above all others when it comes to proper decorum: Emily Post. In this completely updated 18th Edition of the classic Emily Post’s Etiquette, the mantle is picked up by the great-great-grandchildren of the First Lady of Etiquette, who tackle the latest issues and demands of the twenty-first century—from texting and tweeting to iPhones, Facebook, and all forms of social media. The perfect guide for Millennials living on their own for the first time who wish to establish themselves properly in the workplace—as well as for Baby Boomers in the midst of planning their children’s weddings, entering retirement, and helping to care for elderly parents—Emily Post’s Etiquette, 18th Edition, remains the essential handbook to proper social behavior.

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Millions of Readers, Eighteen Editions, One Trusted Resource

From social networking to social graces, the name Emily Post has been the definitive source on etiquette for generations of Americans. That tradition continues with the 18th edition of Etiquette, which welcomes a new generation of Posts—Anna Post, Lizzie Post, and Daniel Post Senning—the great-great grandchildren of Emily Post. Led by Peggy Post, author of the 16th and 17th editions of Etiquette, this team shows how twenty-first-century manners are a combination of kindness, confidence, and awareness.

New trends, topics, and societal hot zones include:

  • When is it okay to “unfriend” someone on Facebook?
  • If I’m in a middle seat on an airplane, do I automatically get both armrests?
  • A business client is sick with a cold—am I obligated to shake his hand?
  • Is it rude for guests to tweet from a wedding?
  • Do I have to buy a gift if I attend a destination wedding?
  • Can I email a condolence note?
  • Should I cover up my tattoo for a job interview?

The Posts don’t stint on classic conundrums, either. Emily Post’s Etiquette includes advice on names and titles, dress codes, invitations, table manners, workplace frustrations, and weddings.

According to the Posts, though times have changed, the principles of good manners remain constant. Above all, manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. Being considerate, respectful, and honest is more important than knowing which fork to use. Whether it’s a handshake or a fist bump, it’s the underlying sincerity and good intentions of the action that matter most.

About the Author

Peggy Post, Emily Post’s great-granddaughter-in-law, is a director of The Emily Post Institute and the author of more than a dozen books. Peggy writes a monthly column in Good Housekeeping and an online wedding etiquette column for the New York Times.

Anna Post is the great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post, the coauthor of Great Get-Togethers, and the author of Do I Have to Wear White? and Emily Post’s Wedding Parties. Anna contributes regularly to Reuters and DailyWorth.com, and is a columnist for Inside Weddings magazine. She also conducts business seminars for major corporations.

Lizzie Post, great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post, is the coauthor of Great Get-Togethers, and author of How Do You Work This Life Thing? Lizzie is the Institute’s graphic designer. She also produces the Institute’s videos and e-learning programs.

Daniel Post Senning is the great-great-grandson of Emily Post. As the manager of Web development and online content at The Emily Post Institute, Daniel develops and maintains the Institute’s website and social media presence. He also conducts business seminars for corporations and universities nationwide.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it Feb. 27 2014
By Ly
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Well written and easy to follow, most of it I was already aware of but it is nice to see the way they adapted it for the new generation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review Nov. 27 2012
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This book is very helpful for situations that come up every once in a while without being overwhelming with information.
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Huge book - well priced
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trust the Experts Nov. 4 2011
By Bonni - Published on Amazon.com
One might think the name 'Emily Post' to be intimidating when it comes to approaching the subject of social etiquette, but what this book, and all previous editions of Emily Post's Etiquette, quickly turns you onto is the fact that 'proper' social interaction isn't that complicated at all.

At the end of the day, what the concept of etiquette comes down to is behaving in a way that shows respect for the people around you. This book is very down to earth; not at all the 'walk straight with a book upon your head' list of rules and regulations we might expect it to be. In fact, I'd like to suggest "The Book of Just Plain Common Sense" as an alternate title. It answers the questions of what to do when your coworkers offend you; whether or not it's a good idea to unfriend that guy on Facebook that you met at a party and has since filled your feed with political propaganda; even how to approach the friend who has a bit of a body odor problem. Is it OK to invite someone to a gathering via email? Sure! Is it OK to keep texting at the dinner table? Probably not.

Whether you're looking for a comprehensive resource, or you're curious to know which fork goes where, this book has all the answers to those questions our modern world forces us to ask. And the Post family does a great job presenting it in a way that doesn't make you feel like a dummy!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Emily Post is not what it used to be June 2 2012
By Caraculiambro - Published on Amazon.com
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I had long wanted to own a copy of this and finally got around to buying one.

I was definitely in the market for a quaint guide to manners for my edification and amusement.

Unfortunately, the Emily Post empire has changed. Her books from the 60's were unapologetically prescriptive: Do this, Don't do that, Always do . .

But after spending a couple of hours with this book, I believe that over the years the enterprise has been so watered-down that it's now entirely descriptive, instead of prescriptive: Some people do this, others do this. Some otherwise high-class folks can be caught these days resting their elbows on the table during dinner, the editorial staff has noticed.

I know that. I don't need the book to tell me that "Some people hold the door open for ladies, others don't."

Get some balls, guys.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Emily Post Etiquette 18th Edition May 1 2012
By Anon - Published on Amazon.com
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At first I was beyond myself with excitement when this book finally arrived. Then I started reading it and was disappointed to see that the beautiful use of the English language and the firm but encouraging tone that characterized earlier editions of Etiquette was not present. I understand that the authors were being colloquial in order to be more "accessible", but it left me quite apathetic as opposed to inspired to be the very best that I could be. Also, etiquette by its very nature is quite conservative, and this book most certainly is not.

Overall it's a good resource, and I mainly wanted this book for the reference material in the back (which, by the way, is extremely useful and the made the entire purchase worth my money), but it was very disappointing to see how our society has become so inelegant that even Emily Post Etiquette has succumbed. Aside from practical advice on technology, I would stick with the 17th Edition by Peggy Post alone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Scornful; Instead a Handy Reference Nov. 24 2011
By Christopher R. Barnhart - Published on Amazon.com
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A quick video review of Emily Post's Etiquette, 18th Edition by Chris Barnhart.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hint Sept. 21 2013
By Patti Atnip - Published on Amazon.com
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I gave this book as a wedding gift after receiving, (not an invitation0, but an announcement for a relative's wedding, which stated that immediate family were the only ones invited, AND that 'CASH GIFTS WERE WELCOMED!!" I was flabbergasted!!! How tacky!!
Hope they get the message! And, no, I didn't send any money!!!
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