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Etiquette for the End of the World [Kindle Edition]

Jeanne Martinet
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Book Description

From the author of The Art of Mingling comes a witty romantic comedy about endings…and new beginnings


It’s not the end of the world. That’s what depressed, 39-year-old Tess Eliot has to remind herself after losing her newspaper column and being dumped by her boyfriend for a younger woman (a feng shui expert? Really?) But when Tess gets hired by a wacky cult to write an etiquette guide to prepare for what the cult believes is imminent global catastrophe, she begins to ask herself: “Wait—could the world actually be coming to an end?”

At first, Tess fakes her way through chapters like “Boundaries in the Bunker” and “Cannibalism: Yes or No?” Then she uncovers what appears to be a bona fide plot for world destruction, and she embarks on a life-changing odyssey—involving all-too-close encounters with touchy-feely survivalists and conspiracy theorists, and one handsome guy who seems way too perfect. Filled with wit and insight (including the “Twelve Rules to Live and Die By”), Etiquette for the End of the World is laugh-out-loud fun, with surprising life lessons along the way.

“When the world comes to an end, I want Jeanne Martinet at my side, giving me dating protocol and telling me how to carry my weapons. Etiquette for the End of the World is brilliant, page-turning fun.”
-- Debra Galant, author of Rattled

“Jeanne Martinet has written a wise and witty novel, full of surprises and lovable characters.”
-- Richard Marek, author of Works of Genius

"Warmhearted and deliciously sly...Read it, laugh out loud, and be prepared for anything!"
-- Laura Moore, author of Trouble Me

“A funny, charming and knowing look at post-2012 romance.”
-- Dalma Heyn, author of Marriage Shock: The Transformation of Women into Wives

“Smart and funny”
-- Randy Cohen, author of Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything

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About the Author

Jeanne Martinet is a Huffington Post blogger and the author of eight books, including The Art of Mingling which has sold more than 150,000 copies in the U.S. alone. She has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, Cosmopolitan and, and has shared her humor and know-how on hundreds of radio and TV shows--including “The Today Show” and NPR’s “Morning Edition.” This is her first novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 459 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Liza Dawson Associates (August 14, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009KRMF0C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392,837 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down August 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The reader will know the protagonist, Tess, very well. She is the familiar inner personality (or at least the articulate, witty, brave person we can imagine ourselves to be). The relatives and friends are very real. This is one of those books that one can't put down until its done. The story within the story fits perfectly. There are lots of surprises, interesting bits of cultural commentary, speculative fiction and romance rolled into a very funny, compelling package.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Cute & Funny Read September 24, 2012
What would you do if you thought the world was going to end on December 21, 2012? Would it be safe to go out in public if you were one of the lucky people that survived?
That is the issue that writer, Tess Eliot is tasked with when she is asked to write a guide regarding the preparation for the end of the world by a company called W.H.O.O.S.H: The World Organization for Omniscient Solstice Harbingers. Now that is a mouthful right?

When Tess meets these people, she finds out that they actually believe the world will end and are quite serious about this project. She however thinks they sound more like a cult and does not take the whole world ending thing very seriously at all. Since Tess recently lost her "Tess Knows Best" newspaper column, she is in desperate need of a job, so she agrees to write the book. With her personality and quick-wit, this writing assignment is perfect for Tess. And even though the end of the world is a heavy and serious topic to write about, she gives it a light and upbeat tone that readers will find engaging.

While she is working for W.O.O.S.H, she meets Peter Barrett, who is head of Donor Relations for the company. Peter becomes enamored with Tess and they start spending some time together outside of work. Peter is handsome, charming, and seemingly perfect. A little too perfect possibly...

The premise might sound a bit out there, but don't let that fool you. Etiquette for the End of the World is a witty and light hearted weekend read that will take you on a crazy journey filled with memorable and funny characters, and a woman who will question W.O.O.S.H's real motives and begin to wonder if there is some truth behind their belief after all.

The author, Jeanne Martinet adds just the right amount of humor to this story.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read August 8, 2012
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From the opening page, I was hooked. Tess Eliot is a heroine for our time, a Bridget Jones for the new millennium. I couldn't wait to find out what happened as she fell in with an increasingly bizarre subculture of conspiracy nuts and survivalists. Martinet has a knack for witty dialogue that moves the plot along, and the excerpts from her faux survival guide are hilarious. Looking forward to more fiction from this talented writer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute, if not quite satisfying August 19, 2012
For some women, finding themselves on the cusp of forty, unmarried, childless, and recently dumped by both boyfriend and employer is akin to the apocalypse. And for Tess Eliot, it sure does seem that way. When she is hired by WOOSH, World Organization for Omniscient Solstice Harbingers, to write a book, Tess thinks her luck is starting to turn. Except for one teensy little problem. The WOOSH'ers believe the supposed Mayan prediction that the world will end on December 21, 2012, and the book Tess is to write is about how we should behave toward one another when the world ends.

This silly sounding premise might make you leery to read this book, but you should not worry. Etiquette for the End of the World is charming, entertaining, and humorous. WOOSH may want a book about the end of the world, but they want a funny book about the end of the world, and Tess is just the person to write it. Naturally snarky, she uses her talents to offer up a humorous take on etiquette as the world ends.

She also meets Peter, a George Clooney lookalike who charms her in spite of a nagging sense that he is too good to be true. Peter is a fundraiser for WOOSH, and clearly attracted to Tess. When she meets him at the bar she frequents, Richie, the bartender, approaches Peter with no small amount of suspicion. Maybe he really is too good to be true. Richie, on the other hand, is solid. He counsels Tess on her romantic and professional failings, and when she starts to suspect that there is something afoot at WOOSH, he supports her concerns. Too bad he's gay, because Richie could be the perfect guy.

This is a romantic comedy of sorts. Parts of it are quite funny, and Tess engages in a couple of romances.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable August 22, 2012
What a pleasure to read this hilarious and imaginative book. It's full of suspense, cinematic set pieces and fantastic characters, but what killed me was the voice. Jeanne Martinet is a pleasure to spend time with -- wry, witty, and wise, like a fabulous old friend you've just met. I got hooked on the story and tore through it, then got a sinking feeling when I realized I was nearing the end.

It's strangely touching, too -- under the apocalyptic mayhem, there's a sincere search for love and fulfillment going on.

I guess at this point in 2012 a sequel is out of the question, but I definitely want to read more Jeanne Martinet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Earthquakes, and comet strikes, and computer bugs, oh my!
With a Mayan prophecy predicting the demise of the world, SOMEONE needs to write an end times book of etiquette so there isn’t panic and bad behavior when civilization collapses,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jaylia3
1.0 out of 5 stars What is This?
This wasn't really a novel, can't explain what this is - no plot or character development...really disappointed! Do not recommend.
Published 20 months ago by P
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I picked this up based on the unique concept. The writing was fine, at least it didnt have the spelling mistakes that are so common in free/cheap ebooks. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Lindsay Martz
4.0 out of 5 stars Etiquette for the End of the World
This was a good summer read. I enjoyed the book and it reads easy.
Not what I was expecting, so t hat was a pleasant surprise. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Donna
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Very good story but took too long to get to the end. Making it shorter, would have achieved. The same result.
Published 21 months ago by Theresa A. Behrens
2.0 out of 5 stars Great premise, disappointing execution
This book was pretty inane, and not in a good way. Though it didn't provoke intense dislike in me as some books do, I can't say it was okay either as I really did not care for... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Bookphile
5.0 out of 5 stars It was the title that caught my eye.
Jeanne Martinet has the gift for words. I haven't enjoyed an apocalyptic novel like this, since I first found Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker 's Guide to the Galaxy. Read more
Published 23 months ago by michele boor
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute
This is a cute book. If you're a fan of Robert Kroese, you may enjoy this as a female's writer's vision of the Mercury Falls-like story. Read more
Published 23 months ago by A. Salaman
2.0 out of 5 stars A Waste of Time
I kept waiting for this mindless piece of fiction to redeem itself and persevered to the bitter end. Alas, no redemption was to be had.
Published 23 months ago by GracieMae
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
This seemed like such a funny premise. And it is a great idea. It just kind of fell apart from there. Lots of cliches and a lot of "tongue in cheek" gone awry. Read more
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More About the Author

Jeanne Martinet ( is the author of eight books, including the recently published novel, ETIQUETTE FOR THE END OF THE WORLD, and the widely acclaimed THE ART OF MINGLING--which has sold more than 150,000 copies in the U.S. alone. She has been featured in such publications as: The New York Times, The New York Daily News, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsweek, The U.S. News and World Report,, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, TimeOut New York, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Playboy, The Washington Post, and The San Francisco Chronicle. Jeanne has shared her humor and mingling know-how on hundreds of TV and radio shows, including "The Today Show," "The CBS Early Show," NPR's "Morning Edition" and WNYC's"The Leonard Lopate Show."

Jeanne's column "Citiquette" appeared in The West Side Spirit and Our Town (local Manhattan papers) for two years; she is now a regular Huffington Post blogger. Born in Baltimore, Jeanne lives in New York City.

(Author photo: Tony Ryan)

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