Q & A with Anna Post

What would Emily Post do? Americans still cite the author of the perennial best-seller Etiquette as a touchstone for proper behavior. Anna Post is the great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post and a spokesperson for The Emily Post Institute (emilypost.com). An author in her right, including: Mr. Manners, Do I Have to Wear White? Emily Post Answers America’s Top Wedding Questions and Emily Post’s Wedding Parties.

Q. Why a 18th edition of Emily Post’s book, Etiquette?

Changes in the technology we use, largely, but also a new job search landscape and more generations—young and old—living together at home.

Q. What is something on your bucket list?

To see the Taj Mahal—especially during the golden hour.

Q. What is one thing you always have on you?

Fresh lip balm in plum and, in winter, hand lotion.

Q. What is your favorite “healthy aging” tip?

I should say sunscreen, but honestly, sleep.

Q. Who has been the greatest influence in your life?

It’s a cliché, but true—my parents.

Q. Where is your favorite place to grab a burger and why?

The Farmhouse in Burlington, Vermont—the local beef really does taste better, and the bacon and blue cheese on top aren’t bad either.

Q. What was the last thing you Googled or looked up online?

“Sherlock premiere date.”

Q. What’s next for you personally?

Getting married!

Q. What etiquette question do you get asked most often?

Wedding invitation-wording questions.

Q. What is the biggest trend in home entertaining?

Wine or microbrew beer tastings with an accompanying menu.

Q. What one piece of advice would you give someone who is a first-time mother-of-the-bride?

Have an open mind—delight often comes from the unexpected.

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