From America's premier social arbiter (Letitia Baldrige's Complete Guide to Executive Manners, 1985), an almost overwhelming conflation of suggestions for beefing up one's social life. No matter what your situation, this one-time Chief of Staff for First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy has a file drawer replete with ideas. Accordingly, she recommends establishing file cards (containing ""salient facts"") on interesting casual acquaintances one wants to know better. She lists the addresses and telephone numbers of numerous voluntary associations, sport and travel clubs, and self-help groups where new friends can be made. Never at a loss for words, Baldrige relates at least three conversational ploys for almost any situation, be it an ice-breaking attempt with a fellow-passenger, a co-worker, or a neighbor in a town one has just moved to. Does party-going make you nervous? Ms. B. details relaxation exercises to be performed before knocking on the door. How about throwing a party? Her foster of suggestions could keep you at the social forefront for years. No matter what, Baldrige rises to the occasion: what to do when a co-worker friend is promoted to a job you expected (and vice versa); how to re-establish a social life after divorce or a spouse's death; how to make the most of one's appearance; and--always--proper etiquette in each and every situation. Baldrige's advice is geared primarily for women and is patently--sometimes ludicrously--white glove (always write a thank-you note after a date; never brush a rain-soaked fur coat). Howlers apart, this book gives full value--and then some--to its targeted audience.