Essential Etiquette Books Southerners Should Always Have on Hand
When you have an etiquette-related question, where do you turn? Questions arise every day, every occasion, and every season. Whether it’s regarding proper speech, behavior, or letter-writing, there are so many moments that make us ask, “What’s the appropriate etiquette in this situation?” If you are a manners-minded person and your bookshelf is looking a little empty, allow us to suggest a few essential etiquette books for you. These are the books Southerners should always have on hand. They provide reliable tips and are solid sources to turn to whenever questions of etiquette and proper behavior arise. Beyond setting tables and shaking hands, these etiquette books delve into topics you didn’t even know you had questions about. Add them to your bookshelf today, and they’ll be there to answer all your questions tomorrow.
Emily Post's Etiquette, 19th Edition: Manners for Today by Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning
To buy: $45, amazon.com
Emily Post’s Etiquette, the go-to source for all things manners, gets a few updates in its must-read 19th edition.
Emily Post’s Essential Manners for Men: What to Do, When to Do It, and Why, 2nd Edition by Peter Post
To buy: $14.99, amazon.com
This elegant book offers a guide to decorum for gentlemen navigating business, dating, and all of the occasions life brings.
Kids' Guide to Manners: 50 Fun Etiquette Lessons for Kids (and Their Families) by Katherine Flannery
To buy: $9.35, amazon.com
This family-centric manners guide helps to encourage confidence and proper behavior through a fun tone that resonates with kids.
Modern Etiquette for a Better Life: Master All Social and Business Exchanges by Diane Gottsman
To buy: $15.99, amazon.com
Diane Gottsman, the founder of The Protocol School of Texas provides answers to all social- and business-related etiquette questions in this practical guide.
Modern Manners: Tools to Take You to the Top by Dorothea Johnson and Liv Tyler
To buy: $19.99, amazon.com
From the founder of The Protocol School of Washington and her granddaughter comes this handy book of etiquette for professionals navigating the working world.
Mr. Boddington's Etiquette: Charm and Civility for Every Occasion by Mr. Boddington’s Studio
To buy: $18.95, amazon.com
This witty guide is a wonderful contemporary resource, and it’s full of charming illustrations too.
The Amy Vanderbilt Complete Book of Etiquette, 50th Anniversary Edition by Nancy Tuckerman and Nancy Dunnan
To buy: $40, amazon.com
The much-loved Amy Vanderbilt etiquette guide gets a polish for its 50th anniversary edition—a must-read for those who love to study protocol.
The Little Book of Etiquette by Dorothea Johnson
To buy: $5.95, amazon.com
This compact etiquette book is a convenient addition to handbags and is written by the founder of The Protocol School of Washington.
The Mere Mortal's Guide to Fine Dining: From Salad Forks to Sommeliers, How to Eat and Drink in Style Without Fear of Faux Pas by Colleen Rush
To buy: $12.95, amazon.com
If you have questions about dining etiquette and table manners, this is the book you need on your bookshelf.
Tiffany’s Table Manners for Teenagers by Walter Hoving
To buy: $17.99, amazon.com
In this little book, the former chairman of Tiffany's of New York provides a guide to the basics of dining and entertaining etiquette.
50 Things Every Young Gentleman Should Know Revised and Expanded: What to Do, When to Do It, and Why by John Bridges and Bryan Curtis
To buy: $16.99, amazon.com
This best-selling guide is an etiquette book written for young men who aspire to be manners-minded gentlemen their whole lives long.
365 Manners Kids Should Know: Games, Activities, and Other Fun Ways to Help Children and Teens Learn Etiquette by Sheryl Eberly
To buy: $15, amazon.com
This book is written for kids and makes the basics of etiquette and manners as fun to read as they are fun to learn.