Letitia Baldrige's Complete Guide to the New Manners for the 90's

Letitia Baldrige's Complete Guide to the New Manners for the 90's

by Letitia Baldrige, Denise Cavalieri Fike
     
 

These are changing times, and here is the new encyclopedia of manners to guide us confidently and correctly through the maze of lifestyles, customs, and ways of relating to others that hallmark this decade. Much of the information in this book is new, because many of the situations it discusses have not existed as social norms before.

Letitia Baldrige is uniquely

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Overview

These are changing times, and here is the new encyclopedia of manners to guide us confidently and correctly through the maze of lifestyles, customs, and ways of relating to others that hallmark this decade. Much of the information in this book is new, because many of the situations it discusses have not existed as social norms before.

Letitia Baldrige is uniquely qualified to offer this timely advice. Universally recognized as the country's leading authority on manners and social relationships, she has been hailed on the cover of Time magazine as "America's leading arbiter of manners" and is regularly celebrated for the same expertise in the media.

Ms. Baldrige's book provides authoritative answers to questions about manners no one has had to ask before. Among them, the protocol involved in all the new family relationships -- stepfamilies, adult children returning home, and elderly parents moving in; child visitation problems and other complications of divorce; the new codes concerning sex and dating and women taking the initiative romantically; and men and women traveling together on business. She provides unique counsel on rearing children to say "no" to drugs, alcohol, and other destructive temptations and to have the exemplary manners that lead to success.

The book is also a complete updated guide to everything you need to know to handle the traditional rites and passages of life in line with current thinking (much of which is different from that of the past). This includes detailed information on weddings, funerals, and religious ceremonies; entertaining any number of people -- from one to one thousand; today's table manners, table setting, and table service; etiquette atwork; proper forms of address for these times; and everything you need to know to converse easily in person or on the telephone, to write appropriate letters and notes for every occasion, and much more.

These are real manners for real people in today's complex world. Letitia Baldrige calls them "manners from the heart," and if you have such manners, the world will be with you.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Baldridge's experience as Jacqueline Kennedy's chief of staff at the White House and as social secretary at U.S. embassies in Europe lend weight to her counsel on etiquette dilemmas. While advising on such tricky problems as eating a sloppy pizza, a woman's asking a man for a date, and how much to tip, Baldridge ( Complete Guide to Executive Manners ) also offers help for more important situations often unique to contemporary society. People nowadays, she declares, must get along in stepfamilies and with live-in lovers and cope with the myriad financial and logistic ramifications of assorted households. Detailed and accessible, her advice is an extension of the Golden Rule. Caring for others, Baldridge assures us, is the key to etiquette. Good manners are the fruits of sensitivity to human beings, ``which translates to kindness, compassion and thoughtfulness.'' Illustrations not seen by PW. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Baldrige updates her previous etiquette books--this is her sixth on the subject. By the 1990s she foresees social trends which will incorporate new patterns of behavior. Already topics that differ from the Letitia Baldrige's Complete Guide to a Great Social Life ( LJ 12/87) are included: adult children returning home; extended families; aged parents living with adult children; more on live-in relationships and second and third marriages; support of a family with an AIDS victim; and dealing with telephone answering machines. While Judith Martin's Miss Manners' Guide for the Turn-of-the-Century Millenium previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 7/89 is a sometimes whimsical update for 2001, this offers practical help for the 1990s. Recommended. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/89.-- Mary Ann Wasick, West Allis P.L., Wis.
Booknews
An encyclopedia of manners that addresses both the lifestyles, customs, and ways of interrelating that mark the present decade, and the more traditional rituals of style. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892563203
Publisher:
Scribner
Publication date:
03/02/1990
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
672
Product dimensions:
6.64(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.93(d)

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