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Good Contemporary Manners Guide
on January 27, 2013
I suppose I'm what one might call a millennial. Materials on manners I read when I was growing up included (1) my mother's copies of Emily Post's Etiquette, (2) Miss Manners syndicated columns published in the newspaper, and (3) a manners books for elementary- and middle-school aged girls that included guidelines such as taking messages for phone calls before the prevalence of caller ID. However, I'm now a middle-class 20-something who finds myself using a cell phone from which I can access my email at anytime--and so do the people around me!
As a relative newcomer to the "real world" as a young adult, I'm still considering investing in a more comprehensive etiquette book or two. However, I found the guidelines covered in this volume broad enough to cover most general situations in which I find myself nowadays. I'm quite glad to read tips for everyday situations such as looking presentable when running errands (lest you encounter a colleague or client from work) to advice on what a basic wardrobe for more formal occasions (e.g., ballet/opera/symphony orchestra performances, weddings, funerals, and more) should include.
For women my age, I'd say this book can be viewed as a good etiquette primer. I'm not sure what I'd say about this book for older women, however; this book might be too simple to women significantly older than I.