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Commonsense etiquette : a guide to gracious, simple manners for the twenty-first century
Stewart, Marjabelle Young.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 1999.
Physical Description:
257 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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BJ1853 .S8735 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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A handbook of old-fashioned and painless etiquette for the 21st century, this new guide from the Queen of Courtesy (Newsweek) covers everything from eating to e-mail. 10 line drawings.

Author Notes

Marjabelle Young Stewart appears regularly in national magazines and newspapers around the country, offering advice on gracious gift giving, dining etiquette, office and family matters, and other aspects of modern life. She lives in Kewanee, Illinois.
Elizabeth Lawrence is the author of four previous books on entertaining and style.

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Library Journal Review

Stewart, the author of seven previous etiquette books, is part of the pantheon that includes Emily Post, Letitia Baldrige, and Judith Martin ("Miss Manners"). This volume presents all the guidance that we expect without being too large or intimidating. As the title indicates, Stewart anticipates that her readers will use their good sense and recognizes that the basis of etiquette is to make people feel comfortable in dealing with one another. Although she does give firm rules for such inflexible areas as table manners, she acknowledges that few of us today are confronted with dilemmas about which is the fruit fork and reassures us that minor procedural points are not of dire importance. An excellent choice for libraries needing etiquette materials.√ĄSusan B. Hagloch, Tuscarawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Introduction: The Art of Civilityp. 1
1. Communicatingp. 16
2. Modern Table Mannersp. 43
3. The Tools of the Tablep. 70
4. Entertaining at Homep. 93
5. Dining Outp. 115
6. Weddingsp. 129
7. Milestones and Transitionsp. 181
8. Giving and Receiving Giftsp. 204
9. Office Etiquettep. 221
10. Commonsense Advice: Fifteen Ways to Make the World a More Civilized Placep. 245
Indexp. 247