Sunday, September 14, 2014

Review: 101 Common Mistakes in Etiquette and How to Avoid Them by Emily Post

Synopsis: Emily Post, famous for her dictates on tasteful living, write in this book primarily about how to give a proper dinner party and how to furnished a home.

Review: This is an amusing and useful little book. Written in 1939, it still has many relevant ideas for today. In particular, it's not money that creates an inviting home or memorable dinner - party, but the comfort, kindness and hospitality of the host and hostess. I found the portion about the living room to be amusing, because it is so different from today. No TV, and the room must be arranged for games, reading and socializing - things we almost never do today. Today's living spaces are arranged around TVs. But I prefer the idea of a living space designed to foster human interaction instead of television viewing. Her dinner party ideas were amusing for the same reason. The advice on what sort of silver, china and glass, and how to pick a proper table cloth? I have never thrown a party where that sort of thing was my consideration. Mostly, it's just, do I have enough booze. Times have changed, for certain, but I'm not sure for the better. It seems our society might benefit from Mrs. Post's advice....

Bookmarks: 7 of 10

Awards: None

Date Published: 1939
Date Finished: 9-11-2014
Pages: 94

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