Etiquette for the End of the World

Etiquette for the End of the World

by Jeanne Martinet

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781617508004
Publisher: Liza Dawson Associates
Publication date: 08/14/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 278
File size: 370 KB

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.

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Etiquette for the End of the World 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A cute story about the end of the world as Tess knows it. It's hard to know what to do when the world starts to crumble down all around you. After she loses her job, her boyfriend, and her family, Tess takes the plunge with a group who not only believe the world will actually end, but have a big check to write a self help guide for survivors. What does she have to lose? Tess gets sucked down into the depths of this gloomy rabbit hole, but seems to always keep her humor through it all. Her journey takes her through many twists and turns both funny and a little frightening. As Tess begins to write her self help guide for survivors, she begins to learn how to patch up her own disasterous life. Having known a few people myself who plan for the end of days, I could relate very well with the character's plight, but I think we all could use Tess's guide to remind us not only how to survive, but how to live.
ChasLibraryGirl More than 1 year ago
This is a very fuuny book. I like it when writers combine things that I love: chick lit and post-apocalyptic fiction
Itskrissybaby More than 1 year ago
ETIQUETTE FOR THE END OF THE WORLD is a comedic way to see what might have happen had the world ended on December 21st, 2012. It was much like the Y2K hype, where most people weren't worried about it but some people stressed so much about it. We meet Tess Elliot who shows us a way to be happy (and a little sarcastic) when the world is ending in the book she is writing for W.O.O.S.H. While she is working for W.O.O.S.H, she meets Peter Barrett, who is head of Donor Relations for the company. He is funny, nice, and a great cook. He seems like the perfect match.. but how could he be? Soon, Tess is off into the world, travelling to Mexico in hopes to find a friends old secretary. She meets new people, see's some awesome art and grows on us like fungus. This book is an easy and fantastic read. I rate it a 4/5, only for the fact that I don't like to think the end of the world might be coming.
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TheLifeofaBookAddict More than 1 year ago
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. I laughed numerous times while reading. It wasn't one of those books that I couldn't put down, but it was entertaining and fun nonetheless. I would give this book a 3/12 out of 5 rating. **Thank you to NetGalley and the Author, who I received this ARC from in exchange for my honest review.**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fantastic, easy read book. I have told all my friends to read it.
Janden More than 1 year ago
The title for this book got my attention with all the hype associated with December 21 of this year. Touted as "Bridget Jones for the New Millennium", I thought it would be an entertaining read. It was. The characters are fun and you do care what happens to them. There is some interesting information on different theories about how the world will end on this date and information about Maya and Aztec historical artifacts and symbols. But, Bridget Jones? I don't really see that. The plot was not very riveting and some minor mysteries were not resolved, which drives me nuts. But over all I was glad I read it and would probably read a sequel with the main character, Tess, as heroine again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started out wanting to read more, but ended without an interest in recommending to friends.
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Jesse_Holcomb More than 1 year ago
ETIQUETTE FOR THE END OF THE WORLD is a really fun romance/mystery/handbook for life's troubles here and now - and perhaps later - after everything goes south on us, like for instance on December 21, 2012. Will Tess Elliot get her man while she chases down a rare book on beetles in London and discovers crystal skulls in Mexico? What happened to her impossibly hunky boyfriend - and will W.O.O.S.H (World Organization for Omniscient Solstice Harbingers) try to get her for what she's found out about them? Her etiquette rules at the end of the book contain wonderful advice, and some real wisdom too. There's so much humanity and wit in this novel, a rare combination.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago