Etiquette

What’s the proper way to hold a wine glass? What’s an appropriate gift to bring a host—and what shouldn’t you bring? How should you correctly introduce guests to each other? What is appropriate cell phone usage at a business dinner? Here are just a few of important etiquette questions.

In their new book, Modern American Manners: Dining Etiquette for Hosts and Guests, Fred Mayo and Michael Gold have written a guide to help us learn appropriate manners so we can enjoy the pleasures of good food, good drink, and good company without worrying about what behavior is proper. 

Chapters cover how to be a good host, how to be a good guest, and how to behave at business events, cocktail parties, formal dinners, and restaurants. There is also a unique chapter discussing pet peeves and how to handle them with grace, civility, and appropriate manners.

  Twenty-five years after its original publication, Do I Have To Say Hello? Aunt Delia’s Manners Quiz For Kids And Their Grownups is back.

In a series of light-hearted multiple choice quizzes, alternative scenarios, and true-or-false questions, Delia Ephron and Edward Koren, the author and illustrator team who brought us the best-selling How to Eat Like a Child, depict a range of possibilities that reflect life as it is as well as life as it ought to be. The book covers table manners, car manners, video game manners, school manners, soccer manners and more.

Delia Ephron is a bestselling author and screenwriter. Her movies include The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, You’ve Got Mail, Hanging Up (based on her novel), and Michael.

    America’s foremost etiquette columnist Judith Martin, aka Miss Manners, has partnered with her son, executive Nicholas Ivor Martin, for her seventeenth book, Miss Manners Minds Your Business. As technologies have advanced and social mores have shifted, generational gaps have widened and business manners have all but expired.

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With some tense times on the House floor recently and more tough issues to come, Vermont lawmakers are taking some time out to get some training in proper decorum during debates.