Talking about table manners is a prickly proposition—and big business in the twenty-first century.  In a crowded genre of etiquette books designed for dummies, dads, and debutantes, Kimberly Kyser’s Ticket stands out.

This thoroughly modern book demystifies the dreaded prissiness of “proper” behavior. Written in a welcoming voice with a disarming mix of elegance, southern sweetness  and common sense, Kyser draws on personal experience, historical research, and humor to remind us that social skills—especially table manners—are important and will always be a mainstay of civilized conduct. And who would think that a book about table manners could be so entertaining!

“Brava to a brilliant and much anticipated tome on manners. Kimberly Kyser is the gold standard and the person who can revive this waning aspect of a civilized society.”
– Douglas Z., Chapel Hill


“Ticket is instructive, clear, and the humor will give the reader a chance to smile or laugh while getting such useful information. Congratulations to Kimberly Kyser!”
– Kitty, Bethesda Maryland

About Kimberly

KK-headshotBorn in Hollywood and raised in North Carolina, Kimberly Kyser graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Art History. She then studied at the Parson’s School of Design, New York, and later earned a B.F.A. in painting at the Atlanta College of Art (now SCAD).

After a career in the fine arts with exhibitions in the Southeast and works in private and public collections in the US and abroad, Kyser opened Kimberly Kyser, Inc. to design and manufacture special occasion clothing. She received recognition 5 times in Women’s Wear Daily during the first 3 years of business. Kyser created a brand and retail shop recognized in Shopping On the Inside Track as one of the best women’s stores in America. She has 30 original pieces as part of the 20th century fashion design collection of the Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC.

In addition, Kyser has worked as style editor of a regional magazine, college-level lecturer, radio interviewer and wardrobe consultant. 

Purchasing Multiples At Once

To purchase multiple copies of Ticket, please contact us directly using our contact form.


Media Reviews

Chapel Hill Magazine raves about Ticket! “Far from another stale rule book, this fresh take is one to savor.” To read more click here.

“Just the Ticket!” Walter Magazine writes, “Southerners don’t write about manners; they live them!” To read the full article, click here.

Reader Comments

“This is a masterpiece. I dove into it…I love it that it is part memoir of a well-brought-up childhood with very funny and at the same time nods to the importance of small things that can add up in a big way…Now that I have powered through this jewel of a book—I must add ‘scholarship’ to its many charms.” Margaret, Chapel Hill, NC

I started reading Ticket last night, and I LOVE it! Both the content and the “manner” of expression are outstanding…a talented and concise writer…The book is both entertaining and informative, filled with wisdom and humor.” Robin H., Chapel Hill, NC

“When I received Ticket everything stopped and I read straight through it. It is a visual feast from the quality of the paper, dust jacket, all the way through to the end. Well done, Kimberly!”Ann, Northern Neck, Va.

“A beautiful job of writing, editing, and injecting extraordinary charm and wit…We’ve loved pouring through it.” George and Marguerita, Fair Hope, Alabama

“Kimberly, I absolutely LOVE your book. I can’t put it down and what an amazing amount of research and effort you have put into this. I’m so proud of you and your Mother and Father would be too! They really did teach you well! And now, you are teaching all of us!” Sally, Chapel Hill

Where Else To Buy Ticket

Atlanta: Lucy’s Market
Chapel Hill: Ackland Museum Store, Bulls Head Bookshop, Flyleaf Books
Fearrington Village, Pittsboro: Dovecote, McIntyre’s Books
Raleigh: NOFO
Richmond: Fraiche
Stratford Hall, Virginia: The Gift Shop at Stratford
More to come!