The Amy Vanderbilt Complete Book of Etiquette
A Guide to Contemporary Living
Revised and Expanded by Letitia Baldrige
Publisher: Doubleday & Company, Inc.
Book Club Edition
Amy Vanderbilt's Etiquette has always been synonymous with gracious living. To the expanded and completely new revision of this classic book Letitia (Tish) Baldrige brings impeccable credentials stemming from her years in dipomatic life as an assistant to the American Ambassador in Paris and in Rome, and three years as Social Secretary to the White House during the John F. Kennedy administration. As a former Tiffany & Co. executive and now the head of her own public relations firm, she also brings to her writing first-hand experience of the business and professional worlds.
As American society changes so do our customs and ways of dealing with each other. The business world, for example, has been dramatically altered by the growing number of women in positions of responsibility. Men and women are searching for new guidelines on how to relate to each other in the office, at meetings, or traveling together on business.
There are new entertaining concerns: How do you serve a sit-down dinner without a maid? How does a couple entertain successfully in a one-room apartment? Or how does one address an invitation to a couple when the woman has retained her maiden name after marriage?
No longer are member and women bound by strict ideas of what is "proper" for each to do. Both share in social tasks from inviting guests to writing thank-you notes; today a woman should not hesitate to make the thoughtful gesture of sending flowers to a man.
In much of what we do there is no one right way but, rather, a wide range of options. It is in noting these new alternatives and the flexibility they allow in our lives that this revision proves an invaluable resource for anyone.
Time-honored traditions -- christenings, formal weddings, black-tie dinners -- are still important. The Amy Vanderbilt Complete Book of Etiquette will guide you through their intricacies, pointing out where things have changed and where they remain the same. For instance, the old "rules" of who pays for what at a wedding have relaxed considerably.
Whether you want to monogram stationary, word an invitation, address your senator, set a dinner table, participate in a sport, enliven your dinner-table conversation, find a perfect gift for any occasion, or take a cruise, you will find practical, sensible advice and suggestions.
In revising this classic reference book, Letitia Baldrige has looked at today's changing world from many perspectives -- those of a wife and mother, a gracious hostess, a businesswoman, an active community volunteer, a college trustee, and a frequently published author. The result of her wide-ranging view is a thoroughly up-to-date, authoritative guide to contemporary living.
Condition: Used. Hardcover. Dust cover. Pages are tanned from age. Previous owner's "Library Of" stamp is on the front endpaper. Dust cover flaps are tanning. Dust cover shows a bit of edge wear and tear and creasing.
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