Here is the goodreads description:
In my opinion, no one uses manners anymore. It is quite sad actually. I try to get my friends to use manners. I tell boys they should take off their hats in restaurants, one refuses (I think it is because he is going bald). Others I tell it is rude to text and use their cell phones at dinner in a restaurant yet they do it anyways, because they aren't on a date they say. People use cell phone while dealing with a cashier. I can't even get guys to put the toilet seat down in my own house! They say "why should men have to do it and not women"? Ugghhhhh There is just no winning with trying to get others to use manners. Men I know just burp and fart like it is normal and when I tell them it is nasty they claim it is unhealthy to keep it in.
I hadn't heard about this book till I starting following Lauren Conrad's blog. And she has a section on manners and mentioned this book. Surprisingly I hadn't heard of it before.The book has basic manners, like when to write a thank-you note, which fork to use, how to act at various religious ceremonies, what to wear to a semi-formal wedding in November (for example), the "who pays?" date dilemma, how to handle a party guest who stays too long, and how much to tip for various services (hotel room-service, wine stewards, pool cleaners, etc.).
And the book has new manners:
-Does the man or woman go first through a revolving door? (If it's already moving, the woman; if it's not, the man goes through first to get the heavy door going.)
-What DOES "business casual" actually mean? (Men and women: khakis or slacks, open-colllar shirt, etc.)
-How fast do you have to respond to e-mail? (One to two days for personal e-mails; within 24 hours for business)
-What's the rule on how much an engagement ring should cost? (Traditionally, two months of the groom's salary. More modern grooms should spend as much as they can afford without going too much into debt. And negotiating on the price with a jeweler is acceptable practice.)
there's even a section about text-message etiquette.
Please get this book... and get it for everyone you know. Manners just aren't in practice anymore.