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Emily Post book offers new rules on etiquette

"Etiquette" is a new book from Emily Post's family due out Oct. 18, 2011. Credit: Handout

The last edition of Emily Post’s “Etiquette,” hit bookstores seven years ago, and since then, well, the world has changed. Enter Emily Post's  “Etiquette, 18th Edition, Manners For A New World” (William Morrow, $39.99), penned by Emily Post’s granddaughter Peggy and great-great grandchildren Anna, Lizzie and Dan, who bring younger voices to the dance. (And speaking of dances, according to the book, even if the dance is formal you can still wear your dressiest little black dress as opposed to a gown.)

The huge tome of more than 700 pages deals with plenty of nonfashion issues, such as shaking the hand of a business associate whom you’ve seen sneeze into his hand – do you have to? (Eww, they say you should, and then go for the hand sanitizer.) And there’s lots of technology related stuff a la texting, tweeting, cellphones etc.

But you’ll also find loads of information on the subjects of beauty and fashion: For example, there's an entire section dedicated to “Dressing For The Occasion” along with the authors’ take on piercings and tattoos in the workplace and even a grooming section that covers everything from bad breath to ironing your clothes.

It’s interesting – very – to see how times have changed and, along with that, so have manners. But some things remain constant. Says Peggy Post, “Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.”

The book goes on sale Oct. 18. Make sure you don’t cut the line when you buy it.



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