I put Emily Post’s Etiquette, 19th Edition by Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning on reserve at the library in late May. On June 5th, I went to pick it up and almost fell over when I lifted the book off the shelf. It was huge!
Front cover of the book
This new behemoth comes in at 722 pages and weighs almost five lbs. I am sure of this because, at the risk of sounding like a nut job, I weighed it after staggering home with the book, groceries and the daily mail that I foolishly picked up at the end of this backbreaking trek.
I made a giant mug of coffee to boost my energy level and sat down to take a close look at, what can only be called “the absolute definitive book of Manners for Today” -- which is the subtitle of this tome.
Emily Post -- 1872 to 1960: Her first etiquette guide appeared 95 years ago
The book is so overwhelming that the only way I can tackle it is to quote liberally from the back cover. It is described as “bringing sound wisdom to all-new topics.” Some brave soul has done a masterful job of summing up the contents. Here goes:
WHO ARE THE AUTHORS?
LIZZIE POST is a columnist for Women’s Running. She co-hosts the Awesome Etiquette podcast and has conducted speeches and seminars nationwide. As a spokeswoman she has represented brands such as American Express Platinum and Bank of America.
Lizzie Post, 35, is the great-great granddaughter of Emily Post
DANIEL POST SENNING is the primary presenter of the Emily Post Business Etiquette Seminar series. He has been a spokesman for Ford Motor Company and Bank of America. He has a bachelor of science in molecular biology and lives with his wife and daughter in Duxbury, Vermont.
Daniel Post Senning, 39, is the great-great grandson of Emily Post
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