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Eve Drobot.

Scarborough (ON), Avon Books, c1982, 1984.
223pp, paper, $3.95.
ISBN 0-380-68270-2.


Reviewed by Caroline E. Young.

Volume 12 Number 6
1984 November

Once upon a time, all the proper rules for etiquette around "life's traditions-births, marriages, deaths and dinner parties" were clearly defined. Should any doubt about the correct behaviour have arisen, one only had to look as far as Emily Post for a definitive answer. Then along came the confusing sixties, the rebellious seventies, and the Orwellian eighties, which all led to an unprecedented upheaval in social mores.

Inspired by the need for support and guidance for life in a new age where old rules no longer fit, Eve Drobot has written an informative guide to manners in the 1980s. However, Class Acts "is not meant to be the last word on Dos and Don'ts in polite society." Instead the book takes a more sidled approach to manners by answering questions such as "Is it tasteless to celebrate a divorce?" and "What is the best way to introduce your live-in lover?" Even chapter headings like "As My First Wife Used to Say" and "The War Between the Sexes" strongly reflect the social turmoil surrounding the breakdown of traditional role models.

Eve Drobot speaks with authority on these issues. As story editor for CTV's Canada AM and columnist for The Globe and Mail, she has become Canada's social arbiter. She responds to questions with a keen wit to leaven the serious business of etiquette in today's social arenas. A detailed index provides a quick and easy reference to business etiquette, promptness, friendship, and social events. In fact, one could almost be tempted to keep a copy at home and at the office. Just don't get caught flipping pages to resolve issues at the next office party.

Caroline E. Young, Toronto, ON.
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