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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (April 29, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142003123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142003121
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,398,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...Ford instructs on how to maintain civility in our fast-paced, high-tech world." -- Publisher's Weekly, August 13, 2001

"...Ford leaves no subject untouched..." -- Hour Detroit, November 2001

"...all about manners for the modern age." -- New York Post, October 31, 2001

"...an expert on social graces and all that sort of thing." -- WWD WEDNESDAY, November 14, 2001

"Ford deals with the changes in society...but points out that good manners and kindness transcend the ages." -- Detroit News, November, 19, 2001

"Now, that's etiquette for the 21st century. Goodbye, greedy life." -- Gotham, November 2001 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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What's the proper way to address a business colleague over email? Is it a social faux pas to use one's cell phone on a commuter train? What's a polite way to get out of a second date? Nowadays it seems the old rules of etiquette are changing faster than we can keep up with them. Technology that accelerates communication; alternative lifestyles and family arrangements; tele-commuting and other unconventional career situations all conspire to render many of the rules of generations past obsolete. Amidst such changes many of us are at a loss for how to behave with good manners and grace. In 21st-Century Etiquette, Charlotte Ford, a doyenne of decorum in her own right, takes the mystery out of modern propriety and reminds us that polite behavior comes down to a simple matter of common sense and treating others with respect. Never stuffy and always direct, she offers reliable advice for every area of contemporary life and every conceivable social conundrum including: cell phone civility; dating and the single life; modern marriages and alternative lifestyles; propriety in the workplace; dressing for all occasions; entertaining from easy to extravagant; correspondence including email, invitations, and condolence cards; handling divorce, illness, and other of life's challenges; everyday etiquette concerning the gym, smoking, tipping, gift giving, and more.Peppered throughout with personal essays from some of today's most poised and successful communicators, including Cokie Roberts and Helen Gurley Brown, as well as helpful lists of etiquette "do's and don'ts," 21st-Century Etiquette is a delightfully readable and immensely useful guide that is sure to set the standard for a brand-new century of civility. (6 1/4 x 9 1/4, 304 pages, illustrations)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 22, 2002
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In today's world it seems the last thing on everyone's mind are manners and civility.
This book touches on all facets of modern manners, everything from cell phone etiquitte to appropriate wardrobe for funerals.
An especially helpful section in the book which deals with removing one's foot from one's mouth. This was the most helpful section of the book. You will be able to recover with some grace and diginity if you ever say the wrong thing.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay R on July 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Unless you are a total jerk, you probably already know 90% of what is written in this book. Of course, most jerks aren't interested in reading about etiquitte, so this book is rather pointless. For me it was mostly common sense. There were a few good tips, but I wouldn't recommend buying the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
A very nice complement to my Emily Post Etiquette book. I use Emily's guidance for more formal matters and use Charlotte's for situations that are more current. I had the sad occasion to write a sympathy note recently. I didn't even know how to begin. Charlotte's book was so helpful, it got me started and then guided me how to personalize my sentiment.
It's also just a plain, old fun read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 11, 2004
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While every well-mannered person understands the rudiments of good etiquette, Charlotte Ford's book assumes that. She does not speak down or preach to the reader, which other books in this category tend to do.
I always have that occassion when I forget where to place the dessert spoon on a table setting and I found the section on dating very helpful.
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