Letitia Baldrige's New Manners for New Times: A Complete Guide to Etiquette (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 24, 2009 - Reference - 736 pages
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THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO MANNERS, REVISED AND UPDATED TO ACCOMODATE TODAY'S HIGH-SPEED LIFESTYLES, SHIFTING VALUES, AND EVER-EVOLVING DEFINITION OF FAMILY.

Letitia Baldrige is universally recognized as the country's leading authority on executive, domestic, and social manners. She began writing on manners and protocol during her diplomatic service in 1949, and she has been hailed on the cover of Time magazine as "America's leading arbiter of manners." Originally published in 1989, her Complete Guide to New Manners has now been thoroughly revised and updated to incorporate the changing social conventions and enormous technological advances of the past fifteen years.

Baldrige was the first etiquette writer to advise extensively on the subject of manners in the workplace. With her legendary background in both the government and business worlds, she remains the prime authority on the integration of goals that often seem at odds with one another -- namely, family, work, and pleasure. Baldrige provides fresh guidelines on etiquette at work and in every form of communication, from letters to emails to cell phone calls.

She also updates the way we approach the traditional rites of passage -- weddings, funerals, religious ceremonies, gatherings large and small. Here are authoritative answers to the etiquette questions and issues involved in nontraditional family relationships -- stepfamilies, adult children returning home, elderly parents moving in, gays and lesbians in the family, dating for the newly single, and the myriad complications that spring from divorce.

Through it all, Baldrige does not forget the essence of manners: they are an expression of love and care, and they are under our control. New Manners for New Times is a comprehensive encyclopedia that will lead readers confidently and correctly through the maze of lifestyles, customs, business, and ways of relating to others in this new, complex millennium. But it is, above all, a very personal statement.
  

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Letitia Baldrige's new manners for new times: a complete guide to etiquette

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Manners matter, and trying to be polite in a brave new world of stepfamilies, gay cousins, and the disgruntled dad or daughter who just moved back home can be a challenge. A lot has changed since ... Read full review

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too meandering story-telling to be a good guide. expected much more the reasoning behind manners, etc. Her "A Lady, First" was not about manners but picked up much more manner and life lessons in that one-- and was a great read. Read full review

Contents

EVERYDAY RELATIONSHIPS FOR OUR TIMES
9
Roommate Etiquette
17
You Are Single but Still Part of a Family
27
Gay and Lesbian CouplesThey Are Families Too
40
The Manners That Make Children Great
51
Table Manners That Take You Anywhere
57
Your Role in Your Childrens Relationships
68
Guarding Your Child Against the Perils of Drugs and Alcohol
74
Postponing the Wedding
368
Pregnancy Birth and Other Rites
379
The Last Rite of Passage Funerals
392
After the Funeral or Memorial
401
How Entertaining Brings Friends into Your Life
408
When You Reply to an Invitation
428
The Logistics of Planning a Large Dinner
438
An Invitation to Tea
449

Keep Your Family Together
80
Solidifying a New Friendship
87
Making Friends at Work
93
Growing Older with Grace
101
To Be a WellLiked Successful Executive
108
When You Have to Let Someone Go for Economic Reasons
120
Infant Feeding and BreastFeeding in the Office
127
Going on a Cruise?
138
Some Practical Advice
147
Holiday Tipping
156
When You Are in a Foreign Country
162
Common Courtesies
173
Courtesies to Observe with Those You Encounter During
181
Table Manner Basics
186
How to Handle Differentand Sometimes Difficult
201
PART 2
219
SexGood Bad and Indifferent
227
Pleasures and Pitfalls of the Office Romance
236
The Romance Is Over
242
The Engagement Ring
251
Weddings
259
Wedding Announcements
292
Planning for a Perfect Wedding Day
298
Working with the Caterer
305
Flowers
312
The Wedding Service
325
Weddings in the Jewish Tradition
346
Wedding Apparel
353
Gifts
362
Knowing the Rules for Contemporary Table Settings
460
The Table Accoutrements You Should Have for Entertaining
468
The Art of the Service of Wine
478
Serving Memorable Food
490
Alternative Party Ideas
498
Music Makes the World Go Round
506
Protocol for You Not Just for Royalty
510
Toasting Is an Art and an Important Part of Protocol
522
The Houseguest Who Is Always Invited Back
533
Gifts That Show You Care
540
Presents for the Holidays
546
Gift Suggestions for Other People and Other Occasions
554
A Little Advice
560
When You Are Widowed
567
When Someone Is Ill or Injured
577
Making Things Right When Youve
585
Control That Temper
591
Small Talk
597
The Art of Giving and Receiving Compliments
605
Great Telephone Manners at Home
610
Dealing with a WellMannered Answering Machine
616
Helpful Hints on Letter Writing
622
Notes
632
The Personal Stationery You Use
638
The Electronic Revolution
643
Addressing People Properly
650
How to Address Specific Groups
657
Afterword
685
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About the author (2009)

Letitia Baldrige, a world-famous expert on manners, has written nineteen books, including her bestselling New Complete Guide to Executive Manners. She served as social secretary at the U.S. embassies in Paris and Rome and was chief of staff for Jacqueline Kennedy in the White House. She has run her own company, Letitia Baldrige Enterprises, since 1964. Baldrige and her family live in Washington, D.C.

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