Bookgeek 411: From Clueless to Class Act

From Clueless to Class Act: Manners for the Modern WomanFrom Clueless to Class Act: Manners for the Modern Woman by Jodi R.R. Smith

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The reasons why this particular book grabbed my attention was:

1) The shape of the book – It has an unusual shape, especially when it’s shelved next to books that are similar to textbooks.

2) The color of the book – While I’m not a big fan of pinkish colors, it does grab your attention, especially when its shelved next to a blue book (which is my favorite color)-the brother of this book, “From Clueless to Class Act, Manners for the Modern Man.”

3) It was on etiquette.

Etiquette has always intrigued me from the moment I first learned of it. I was in the third grade and my teacher was going through the proper behavior to use in the cafeteria. I can’t remember specifically what she said, but she mentioned something about fine dining and how you use different forks. And of course in my beloved mystery shows touched on mannerisms, which only deepened my curiosity about etiquette.

And then I stumbled across this quote at the end of this book:

“It is my hope that this book has not only helped you conduct yourself in a more polished way, but also sparked some curiosity and interest in you regarding human behavior. (173)”

This quote made certain things clearer because that’s exactly why I enjoy learning about etiquette. It looks into human behavior.

“Etiquette is fascinating because it involves so many different areas: history, sociology, psychology, gender issues, race relations, and technology. (173)”

What a true statement! Smith has done an excellent job providing quality information an entertaining way. The subject of etiquette can be a daunting task to educate others about because everything you do in life is tied to a certain type of behavior that expected.

Jodi R. R. Smith covers a lot of ground in her book–from public places and events to personal appearances to keeping in touch. Chapters are organized according to events and the chapters are separated into sub-topics. Under each sub-topics the information is provided in short bursts which, in my humble opinion, makes this information easier to process. And the information extends beyond these pages onto her website: Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting.

I read this book cover to cover but you really can use it simply as reference points. It’s great book to have on your reference shelf. It did what a non-fiction book should do, provide insight to a subject. And not only did I learn a thing or two, the way the information was written and presented (non textbook like) kept me turning the pages.

Since Smith’s style is different from Emily Post’s style I won’t compare the two. They both provide excellent information in their own way and, frankly, both authors should sit on your reference shelf.

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