12 Must-Read Etiquette Books for Becoming Your Best Self

  • Post last modified:January 27, 2022
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Looking for the best etiquette books? I’ve got you covered.

The list below includes classic and modern manners and etiquette books to help you master everyday life situations with confidence. 

Let’s get right in!

1. Modern Manners by Dorothea Johnson and Liv Tyler

Modern Manners by Dorothea Johnson and Liv Tyler

Written by a world-leading etiquette specialist and her granddaughter, Modern Manners is an indispensable guide to 21st-century etiquette and manners for professionals wanting to boost their confidence and succeed in business and society. 

What’s in it for you:

  • How to ace job interviews
  • How to make conversations
  • Proper business clothing and meeting protocol
  • How to give confident handshakes
  • Proper table manner
  • Email and social media etiquette
  • And so much more!

2. Emily Post’s Etiquette by Lizzie Post

Emily Post's Etiquette by Lizzie Post

Emily Post’s Etiquette is an ultimate guide for anyone concerned with inclusion, civility, and kindness. It’s a definitive source on etiquette for navigating life’s every situation, from social networking to social graces.

What’s in it for you:

  • Greetings and introductions
  • Social media communication and personal branding
  • Entertaining at home and preparing for celebrations
  • Weddings and invitations
  • Loss, grieving, and condolences
  • And so much more!
Modern Etiquette Made Easy by Myka Meier

In Modern Etiquette Made Easy, Myka Meier offers five easy steps to help you feel completely confident in social, business, and dining etiquette.

Combining a passion for etiquette and humor, she shares refreshing tips to give you a competitive edge in your social and work life. 

What’s in it for you:

  • Excellent table manners
  • Create the best first impression
  • Network like a pro
  • Turn into the most coveted party guest
  • And so much more!
Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior by Judith Martin

Miss Manners is an indispensable guide for navigating through life without ever making a false move.

What’s in it for you:

  • A gold standard for modern etiquette
  • A witty guide about the challenges of our ever-changing society

5. 50 Essential Etiquette Lessons by Katherine Flannery

50 Essential Etiquette Lessons by Katherine Flannery

50 Essential Etiquette Lessons shows you the best way to approach life’s everyday problems with confidence and ease. It’ll teach you to stay calm in any situation. 

What’s in it for you:

  • Strategies for putting your best foot forward in online and offline social settings 
  • Master online and offline conversation skills
  • Real-life examples
  • How to confidently use etiquette in your daily life
  • And so much more!
Business Etiquette Made Easy by Myka Meier

In Business Etiquette Made Easy, Myka Meier reveals insider tips on how to gain a competitive edge in your career.

Having coached thousands of business professionals and worked with the HR departments of megasuccessful Fortune 100 companies, Meier knows what it takes to be exceptional in business.

What’s in it for you:

  • How to put your best foot forward in business
  • How to dress like an accomplished professional
  • Master resumes and interviews
  • And so much more!

— Etiquette books for women —

7. How to Be a Lady by Candace Simpson-Giles

How to Be a Lady by Candace Simpson-Giles

How to Be a Lady offers a delightful reminder of what it takes to be a remarkable woman.

What’s in it for you:

  • How to be a lady among women
  • How to be mindful of your effect on others
  • How to breeze through an awkward conversation with grace
  • And so much more!
50 Things Every Young Lady Should Know by Kay West

50 Things offers a refreshing take on the timeless idea that young girls should know how to respond appropriately and courteously to all situations. 

Kay West emphasizes that proper manners are an essential skill set that young girls need to succeed in life and work. 

What’s in it for you:

  • How to dress appropriately
  • Writing thank-you notes
  • Winning and losing with grace
  • Accepting a gift even when you don’t like it
  • Making conversation with people older than you
The Ladies' Book of Etiquette and Manual of Politeness by Hartley

Lauded by scholars as being culturally important, The Ladies Book offers a 19th-century Victorian era guide on manners and etiquette for women.

What’s in it for you:

  • A guidebook on how women in English society can uphold proper etiquette standards

— Etiquette books for men —

10. The Art of Manliness by Brett McKay and Kate McKay

The Art of Manliness by Brett McKay and Kate McKay

The Art of Manliness tackles what it takes to be a man. It offers seven virtues to help you master the art of manliness: courage, resolution, industry, self-reliance, honor, discipline, manliness.

What’s in it for you:

  • How to live an authentic, manly life
  • Timeless classic wisdom and advice for men
  • Inspiration to live your life to the fullest and achieve your potential

11. Essential Manners for Men by Peter Post

Essential Manners for Men by Peter Post

Essential Manners for Men discusses topics every man needs to know to succeed in life and business.

What’s in it for you:

  • An invaluable handbook for figuring out sticky daily situations

50 Things is a young man’s handbook to becoming the guy that people love and respect.

What’s in it Ïfor you:

  • How to gain trust and earn respect
  • How to do things the right way
  • How to harness the immediate benefits of good behavior

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