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CORE BOOKS – Etiquette PDF

Robert’s Rules of Order pdf – Robert’s Rules of Order PDF

Robert, Henry M.
Berkley 1989 Dewey Dec. 060.4

“A simplified, updated version of the classic manual of parliamentary procedure. Designed for today’s businesses, clubs, unions, boards, societies, churches, and other organizations.” -Publisher. Robert’s Rules of Order pdf.

Pocket Manual of Rules of Order for Deliberative Assemblies – Robert’s Rules of Order PDF

Robert, Henry M.
S.C. Griggs 1876

This is (almost) the original version of Robert’s Rules of Order. The many subsequent editions have been revised and modernized.

Make Your Contacts Count: Networking Know-How for Business and Career Success

Baber, Anne and Waymon, Lynne
AMACOM 2007

A practical, step-by-step guide for creating, cultivating, and capitalizing on networking relationships and opportunities. Packed with valuable tools, the book offers a field-tested “Hello to Goodbye” system that takes readers from entering a room, to making conversations flow, to following up. Job-seekers, career-changers, entrepreneurs, and others will find all the networking help they need to supercharge their careers and boost their bottom lines.

The New Basic Black: Home Training for Modern Times

Bates, Karen Grigsby and Hudson, Karen Elyse
Doubleday 2006

Unlike the more traditional etiquette books that many African Americans may find stodgy, off-putting, and culturally alien, The New Basic Black is for real people who live real lives—and it addresses many of the issues of a growing black middle class. includes all the information any well-mannered person would want to know about the social rites of passage (marriage, birth, christening, death), the corporate workplace (standard work issues and the more delicate issue of race and its impact on a work environment), various occasions (having guests or being a guest at a summer home, etc.), and everyday rules and rituals that make living in hectic times a little easier.

Bride’s Book of Etiquette – Etiquette Book PDF

Bride’s Magazine
Berkely 2003

Bride’s Book of Etiquette offers the most up-to-date information on engagement and wedding planning, and realistic solutions for any problem that couples may encounter. In this trusted classic, you’ll find out:
How to draw up–and pare down–the guest list -How to word invitations for every circumstance -How to get his family to share wedding expenses, and who pays for what, Where to seat divorced parents, and how to make sure they’ll get along, -How to dress the bride, groom, mothers, and bridal party at every hour for every type of wedding -Contemporary ideas for a long-weekend wedding, a destination wedding and more -How to handle last-minute glitches, include children in a second wedding, and answer the tough question: “Am I invited to the wedding?”

The Essential Guide to Business Etiquette

Chaney, Lillian H., Martin, Jeanette S.
Praeger 2007

Two best-selling authors and etiquette experts show why manners count in the business world and how to use social skills to get ahead.

Multicultural Manners: New Rules of Etiquette for a Changing Society – Etiquette Book PDF

Dresser, Norine
Wiley 1996

This informative and entertaining book gives you the understanding you need, the perfect words to say, and the correct behavior to use in a wide range of cross-cultural situations:
The do’s and don’ts of successful business and social interaction with people from different cultures -Appropriate etiquette involving body language, food, child rearing, clothing, word choices, colors, entertaining, romance, and gift giving -Detailed tips on avoiding embarrassment at work, in the classroom, at meals, and at weddings and funerals -Important rules and traditions in Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant churches; in Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform synagogues; in Buddhist and Hindu temples; and more.

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Town & Country Modern Manners: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Social Graces

Farley, Thomas P.
Hearst 2005

Both humorous and insightful, this sparkling collection of essays reflects on the pressing need for kindness, consideration, and civilized behavior. And the list of contributors is stellar: David Brown makes a persuasive plea for civility; Jamie Lee Curtis talks about “Having Dinner with the Family”; Sonya Friedman reflects on motherhood; Charles Osgood comments on everyday courtesies; and Ted Sorenson discusses “Patriotic Pride.” With topics that range from the art of listening to good elevator etiquette, these eloquent pieces offer advice worth following.

United States Protocol: The Guide to Official Diplomatic Etiquette

French, Mary Mel
Rowman & Littlefield 2010

Reference for communicating with government and business officials, international organizations, and high-level military personnel, both in the United States and abroad. A guide to diplomatic protocol at the international, national, and state level. The author includes meticulous instructions, in-depth diagrams and tables, a comprehensive table of contents, and a plethora of examples.

Saving Civility: 52 Ways to Tame Rude, Crude, & Attitude for a Polite Planet

Hacala, Sara
Skylight Paths 2011

Cyberbullying, hostile and polarizing political infighting, and tasteless and tactless behavior may be on the rise, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Sara Hacala, a certified etiquette and protocol consultant, offers a definitive look at what civility means and how it can change the nature of everyday interaction. She goes beyond a superficial discussion of proper manners to present civility as a mind-set that encompasses values and attitudes that help you embrace your connections to others and repair society.

Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands: How to Do Business in Sixty Countries – Etiquette Book PDF

Morrison, Terry et al.
Adams 1994

“The definitive reference for doing business around the world.” -Libr J.
“Your must-have guide to proper international business protocol. With countries such as China and India taking on a more significant role in the global business landscape, you can’t afford not to know the practices, customs, and philosophies of other countries. It provides invaluable information on how to handle common business interactions with grace, respect, and an appreciation for different cultures.” -Publisher. Corporate culture. Business communication. Negotiation in business.

Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette

Post, Anna and Post, Lizzie
HarperCollins 2014

Anna Post guides brides and their friends and family through weddings to maximize fun and reduce stress, including: How to handle awkward family situations; How to address envelopes and word invitations; How to choose an officiant; How to blend family traditions; The timeline of events throughout the engagement and during the wedding; Who to include on your guest list; How to use technology to your advantage.

Emily Post’s Etiquette: Manners for a New World – Etiquette Book PDF

Post, Peggy
Kahle/Austin Foundation 2011

Addresses such contemporary issues as Facebook etiquette, e-mail and texting, and covering tattoos and piercings before interviews, as well as such classic conundrums as names and titles, official forms of address, and dress codes.
Contents: Etiquette every day — Everyday manners — Out and about — Communication and technology — Social life — Life in the workplace — Getting the job — On the job — Life stages and special times — Home and family life — Weddings.

Etiquette: The Blue Book of Social Usage – American Etiquette

Post, Emily
Funk & Wagnalls 1945

Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics, and at Home is a book authored by Emily Post in 1922. The book covers manners and other social rules, and has been updated frequently to reflect social changes, such as diversity, redefinitions of family, and mobile technology. Manners at the table, customs and traditions in America.

Author: Emily Post was an American author and socialite, famous for writing about etiquette. -Wikipedia

How to Work a Room: Your Essential Guide to Savvy Socializing

RoAne, Susan
HarperCollins 2007

Lays down the fundamentals for savvy socializing, whether at a party, a conference, or even communicating online. RoAne clearly shows how to overcome the five roadblocks that keep most people from making new contacts; mix chutzpah and charm to start and end conversations smoothly; know when to use humor––and when not to; and follow simple rules of etiquette.

Amy Vanderbilt’s Everyday Etiquette – Etiquette Book PDF

Vanderbilt, Amy
Bantam 1974

America’s new manners. What do you wear to a 4.PM wedding? How do you introduce a couple who are living together but not married? Should you invite an “extra” woman to dinner without an “extra” man? How do you write a letter the President of the U.S.’ When a man arrives to see a woman executive, should she stand up? It is ever correct to have your elbows on the table? Should a man be invited to a bridal shower? How do you eat an artichoke?.


BOOK COLLECTIONS – Etiquette

Etiquette : Search Results at Internet Archive – Modern Etiquette Books

About 2,500 free books. Some book titles: Guide to Customs & Culture: Hong Kong, Concise Guide to Executive Etiquette, Global Guide to Gratuity Etiquette.

Etiquette : Search Results at Open Library – Modern Etiquette Books

About 2,800 free books. Some book titles: A to Z of Modern Manners, 101 Ways to Say Thank You, How to Survive Online Embarrassment.

Entertaining Etiquette : Search Results at Internet Archive – American Etiquette

About 75 free books. Some book titles: Big Book of Party Themes and Occasions, Casual Entertaining, Time to Entertain Cookbook.

Entertaining Etiquette : Search Results at Open Library – Modern Etiquette Books

About 55 free books. Some book titles: Party Cues for Teens, The All-Occasion Game Book, Entertaining with Elegance.

Articles Collection – the History of Popular Culture

Travel Etiquette : Search Results at Internet Archive – Modern Etiquette Books

About 90 free books. Some book titles: Tips on Tipping, Culture Shock Australia, Culture Wise India.

Travel Etiquette : Search Results at Open Library – Modern Etiquette Books

About 140 free books. Some book titles: Living Abroad In Thailand, Everybody bonjours!, Essential do’s and taboos.

Telephone Etiquette : Search Results at Internet Archive – Modern Etiquette Books

About 45 free books. Some book titles: Winning with the Caller from Hell, How to Unlock the Modern Power of Your Voice, Telephone Skills.

Telephone Etiquette : Search Results at Open Library – Etiquette Book PDF

About 45 free books. Some book titles: Cell Phones and Driving, Speak to Influence, Wireless Etiquette.

Business Etiquette : Search Results at Internet Archive – Modern Etiquette Books PDF

About 400 free books. Some book titles: Works Well with Others, Doing Business in India, How to Work a Room.

Business Etiquette : Search Results at Open Library – Etiquette Book PDF

About 420 free books. Some book titles: Global business etiquette, Selling to China, European business customs & manners.

Etiquette for Children and Teenagers : Search Results at Internet Archive – American Etiquette

About 300 free books. Some book titles: The Young Person’s Etiquette Guide to Handling any Social Situation with Confidence and Grace, Modern Guide to Teaching Children Good Manners, Teen Manners: from Malls to Meals to Messaging and Beyond.

Etiquette for Children and Teenagers : Search Results at Open Library – Book of Etiquette PDF

About 300 free books. Some book titles: Emily Post’s Teen Etiquette, Saying please and thank you, How to Be a Princess.

Wedding Etiquette : Search Results at Internet Archive – American Etiquette

About 365 free books. Some book titles: The High Street Bride’s Guide, Wedding Etiquette, The Everything Mother of the Bride Book.

Wedding Etiquette : Search Results at Open Library – Etiquette Book PDF

About 350 free books. Some book titles: Stuff Every Groom Should Know, Best Man’s Duties, The lesbian couple’s guide to wedding planning.

Table Etiquette : Search Results at Internet Archive – Everyday Etiquette PDF

About 75 free books. Some book titles: Manners at the Table, Good Manners in a Restaurant, Eating Out in Five Languages.

Table Etiquette : Search Results at Open Library – Everyday Etiquette PDF

About 110 free books. Some book titles: Emily Post’s the guide to good table manners for kids, A lady at the table, Forgotten elegance.

Online Etiquette : Search Results at Internet Archive – Everyday Etiquette PDF

About 35 free books. Some book titles: Emily Post’s manners in a Digital World, How to Survive Online Embarrassment, A Student’s Guide to Digital Etiquette.

Online Etiquette : Search Results at Open Library – Everyday Etiquette PDF

About 40 free books. Some book titles: Frequently asked questions about texting, sexting, and flaming, Sex, drugs ‘n Facebook, Netiquette.

Manners & Customs Search Results – Etiquette Books PDF

About 14,000 free online books on the subject of “Manners & Customs”. Some books: Culture Shock Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette: Vancouver (& Argentina, Chile, Sweden, Costa Rica & more), Customs & Etiquette in China (& India, Mexico, Spain & more), Encyclopedia of North American Eating & Drinking Traditions Customs & Rituals, Complete Guide to Table Setting – Table Manners – Tableware, The North American Novel of Manners, The Customs of Mankind, A Child’s Guide to Travel Manners, many more.

American Manners and Customs Search Results – American Etiquette

About 1,000 books free online on customs and traditions in America. Some books: American Life: a Social History, American Home Life 1880-1930, Early American Places, American Folk Medicine, American Holidays and National Days, The Arts & the American Home 1890-1930, The Grand American Avenue 1850-1920, What it Felt Like – Living in the American Century, many more.

Etiquette Bibliography : Search Results at Internet Archive – American Etiquette

About 3 free books. Some book titles: Etiquette : an annotated bibliography of literature published in English in the United States, 1900 through 1987, Bibliography of courtesy and conduct books in seventeenth-century England.

Etiquette Bibliography : Search Results at Open Library – Etiquette Book PDF

About 3 free books. Some book titles: Same as Internet Archive above.

VINTAGE BOOKS – Etiquette PDF

Sensible Etiquette and Good Manners of the Best Society – American Etiquette Books PDF

Information and Instruction for those about entering, and those who desire to become educated and polished in general society. Containing nice points of taste, good manners, and the art of making one’s self agreeable. A manual of manners and customs at Parties, Balls, Dinners and Sociables, with forms for invitations, regrets, balls, marriages, funerals, etc., to which is added The Art of Writing.

Aster, Mrs. Jane, ed.
Carleton 1882

Rules of dining, customs and traditions in America.


The Art of Conversation: Twelve Golden Rules – Vintage Etiquette Books PDF

Baker, Josephine Turck
Correct English Publishing Company 1921

Rules of Dining, what are traditions and customs.


The American Gentleman’s Guide to Politeness and Fashion – Vintage Etiquette Book PDF

or, Familiar Letters to his Nephews, containing rules of etiquette, directions for the formation of character, etc., et., illustrated by sketches drawn from life, of the men and manners of our times, by Henry Lunettes

Conkling, Margaret Cockburn
Derby & Jackson 1860


”Dame Curtsey’s” Book of Novel Entertainments for Every Day in the Year – American Etiquette

Glover, Ellye Howell
McClurg 1907

“Suggestions for holiday entertainments, birthday parties, church and club entertainments, engagement and wedding functions, toasts and sentiments for all occasions, and novel refreshments.” – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911.


A Handbook of Hospitality for Town and Country – Etiquette Book PDF

Hall, Florence Howe
Dana Estes 1909

Chapter headings are: Part I: 1. The Country Hostess and Her Problems, 2. Picnics and Country Frolics, 3. Country Weddings, 4. House-Parties, Guests and Guest-Chambers, 5. Unexpected Visitors
Part II: 6. The Flat-Dweller and Her Difficulties, 7. Afternoon Teas and Receptions, 8. Luncheons, 9. How to Give an Agreeable Dinner, 10. The Day of the Dinner, 11. Dances
Part III: 12. Twentieth Century Costume Dances and Masked Balls, 13. Musicals and Private Theatricals, 14. Card Parties, 15. Studio Teas and Bachelor Entertainments, 16. Class-Day and Commencement Festivities, 17. Women’s Clubs
Part IV: 18. Hints for Club Festivities, 19. Novel Ideas for Patriotic Entertainments, 20. Progressive Dinners, Barmecide’s Feasts, Magic Suppers, and Other Novelties, 21. The Stranger within our Gates, 22. Hospitality in Modern Europe, 23. Outgrown Ideals of Hospitality.

Author: Florence Marion Howe Hall was an American writer, critic, and lecturer about women’s suffrage in the United States. Along with her two sisters, Laura Elizabeth Richards and Maude Howe Elliott, Hall received the first Pulitzer Prize for a biography; Julia Ward Howe. -Wikipedia.


The Ladies’ Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness – Etiquette Books for Ladies

A complete hand book for the use of the lady in polite society, containing full directions for correct manners, dress, deportment, and conversation; rules for the duties of both hostess and guest in morning receptions, dinner companies, visiting, evening parties and balls; a complete guide for letter writing and cards of compliment, hints on managing servants, on the preservation of health, and on accomplishments. And also useful receipts for the complexion, hair, and with hints and directions for the care of the wardrobe.

Hartley, Florence
Lee and Shepard 1873

The first edition was published in 1860.

Author: Florence Hartley was a Victorian-era writer whose work was meant for women of the era, covering topics of etiquette and needlework. She was also an advocate for women’s health. -Wikipedia


Manners: American Etiquette – American Etiquette

Hathaway, Helen
E. P. Dutton 1928

Prescribed behavior for every sort of social function. Also touches upon setting the table, correspondence and invitations, servants, train and ocean travel, and more. Customs and traditions in America.


Etiquette for All Occasions – Everyday Etiquette PDF

Kingsland, Mrs Florence
Doubleday 1901

Traditions and customs.


The Complete Hostess – Etiquette for Ladies

Laughlin, Clara Elizabeth, ed.
Appleton 1906

“Suggestions for formal and informal home entertainments and the etiquette of such occasions, with plans for clubs, sociables, fairs and exhibitions.” – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911. Manners at the table, what is etiquette means, what are traditions and customs, etiquette define.


Manners and Social Usages – Vintage Etiquette Book PDF

Sherwood, Mrs. John
Harper 1884

How the house shall be ordered; how company shall be received; how to visit and be visited; how to do it all kindly, attractively, becomingly, in proportion to means at command, is set forth very clearly. – A.L.A.Catalog 1904. What are traditions and customs.

Author: Mary Elizabeth Wilson Sherwood was an American author and socialite. She wrote short stories, poetry, several books, and etiquette manuals, in addition to contributing to many magazines and translating poems from European languages. -Wikipedia.


Lessons on Manners for School and Home Use – Everyday Etiquette Book

Wiggin, Edith E.
Lothrop, Lee & Shepard 1884

Contents: Manners in General, at school, on the street, at home, toward the aged, manners at the table, in society, at church, in places of amusement, in stores and similar public places, in traveling, in borrowing. Manners for children and teenagers.

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