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Etiquette for an Apocalypse

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  69 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
It’s the 2020 Apocalypse and Sophie Cohen, former social worker turned neighborly drug dealer, must keep her family alive amid those pesky end of the world issues: starvation, earthquakes, plagues, gang violence and alas more starvation.She investigates a serial killing and takes down the sinister emerging power structure while learning to use a pizza box solar oven, bond ...more
Paperback, 276 pages
Published April 22nd 2012 by Bracket Press (first published April 18th 2012)
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Donald Armfield
Jul 28, 2012 Donald Armfield rated it it was amazing
If the world was about to end who would you call?

After the apocalypse, now the year 2020. A mom turned drug dealer goes on an investigation of murders of prostitutes. They are being thrown in a pile on side of road. While the strange Jack the ripper event comes to an end. A war starts.

A meeting at the condo, some big guns and a very hilarious dialogue from Author Anne Mendel.

Anne Mendel does an apocalypse with a hunger growing for more Nutnella, and many other foods. Etiquette for an Apocalypse
Jun 11, 2012 Sandy rated it really liked it

ETIQUETTE FOR AN APOCALYPSE is a novel written in the dystopian/science fiction genre that follows the Cohen family as they endeavor to survive in the post-apocalyptic world of 2023.

2020 saw the world enter into an apocalyptic nightmare. In the wake of earthquakes, floods and volcanoes those that survived had to endure solar black-outs, famine, cholera and an assortment of frenzied and fevered paranoia. Without the aid of government direction, those that
Rhiannon Ryder
Aug 05, 2012 Rhiannon Ryder rated it it was amazing
Have I mentioned lately how much I love being surprised by books? Which, granted, is getting progressively harder the more I blog. After all, I read a lot of reviews, a lot of tweets and a lot of pitches for books these days. Anyhow, a short while back I got the above blurb in a email pitch for Etiquette, was charmed by it and said yes. When it arrived I was charmed all over again by the clever cover art, and then it went into my towering (and not that cleverly organized) to-be-reviewed stack to ...more
Aug 02, 2012 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Set in the year 2020 this post-apocalyptic novel dishes up dark humor, memorable characters and a startling look at a post apocalypse reality. Mendel’s debut novel is captivating as she takes us into downtown Portland and into the lives of the Cohen family. I was held hostage by the protagonist's voice and the suspenseful plot.

The tale begins when we step into the life of Sophia Cohen. Before devastating natural disasters occurred she was a mother, wife and social worker. Now she is a drug deale
Mar 07, 2012 Heidi rated it it was amazing
The title of his book struck me funny because how would someone act after the "End of the World." What would be the proper etiquette on how to survive in a world that might be almost completely unlivable. Do you still go on dates? Does it matter if women wear make up anymore and does it matter if people shower anymore?
The book introduces us to the Sophie Cohen and her family; Bertrand Sophie's husband and one of the few doctors, Sasha her 13 year old rebellious daughter, her brilliant brother Mi
My Book Addiction and More MBA
Apr 24, 2012 My Book Addiction and More MBA rated it really liked it
Mendel has taken a subject normally relegated to paranormal romance and science fiction and made it far more realistic. Her post-apocalyptic world is not filled with zombies and other supernatural atrocities. She creates a very believable situation and her characters are easy to identify with. Sophie’s drug’s are not recreational. Her brother makes, and she sells, what today would be over the counter drugs for medical ailments. Her husband still slaves away as a doctor at the local hospital even ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
May 23, 2012 Blodeuedd Finland rated it liked it
Shelves: apocalyptic
That which made me want to try this book was the cover, I mean look at it! So cool and weird, I love it.

It's the end of the world but some are struggling to survive (it helps having a genius for a brother who can make painkillers:) It's a new world where those with a skill has survived. Sophie sells drugs, but even in this bleak bleak world the book itself does not feel overly bleak. Because the book is so much more than just another dystopic apocalyptic story. It's a story about a mother trying
Lianne Burwell
Mar 04, 2013 Lianne Burwell rated it liked it
Shelves: apocalypse, library
I wasn't really sure what this book was trying to be. It's a murder mystery. It's a thriller, it's a satire, it's the story of a family trying to survive after the apocalypse.

In 2020, the world fell apart. Earthquakes, disease, a supervolcano, etc. In fact, pretty much the only thing that doesn't show up is the zombie apocalypse. Sophia is a mother who has had to toughen up when this all hit during the annual visit to her mother. Her son Max died in one of the epidemics, but she's got her doctor
Maegan Provan
Jun 04, 2014 Maegan Provan rated it liked it
Before the end of the world, Sophie Cohen was just like any other mom. She took care of her two kids and her husband, and life was good. After the caldera blew, life went to Hell in a handbasket. Making a new life for her family, including her dellusional mother and genius/autistic brother, doesn't come easy. Sophie is able to make ends meet by selling her brother's antibotics, pain killers, and whatever other medicine he can come up with. When her husband discovers bodies being dumped at his ho ...more
Wendy Hines
Jun 02, 2012 Wendy Hines rated it it was amazing
Etiquette for an Apocalypse is a dark comedy that kept me riveted from beginning to end. Sophie and her family live on the eleventh floor in her building and it's pretty safe there. With no electricity, the elevator doesn't work and by the ninth floor, thieves are worn out from climbing any higher.

Her husband works at the hospital, her daughter spends her time reading, her mother has Alzheimer's and is always trying to perfect her new lithe figure and look, and Sophie spends her time trying to k
Jessica at Book Sake
Apr 30, 2012 Jessica at Book Sake rated it really liked it
Etiquette for an Apocalypse was really good. I loved the quirky characters and the post-apocalyptic setting, but I did think that some of the situations were a stretch. It could have even just been the humor in some parts that threw me off because I didn’t understand if the author was being sarcastic or not. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loved all the religious jabs, but sometimes certain jokes seemed to fall flat in such dire circumstances. The character development, however, definitely made ...more
Jul 21, 2012 Glennie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
This was quite an interesting book. I loved how Sophie and crew did what they needed to do to survive in the post apocalypse world. Certainly made me wonder if I could survive,, and if all those survivialists who stockpile canned goods, etc are right! Also each chapter has a quote at the beginning, and some of them were hilarious. There is more than one quote from the movie "Shaun of the Dead"! One of my favorite quotes,, which reminded me of my former MIL was: "To describe my mother would be to ...more
Mar 31, 2013 Bethany rated it really liked it
Humorous and touching, this mystery/end of the world novel set in post-apocalyptic Portland isn't exactly the shoot-em-up story you might expect. Sophie Cohen is a former social worker forced by a caldera-caused-apocalypse to move her family into an 11th floor condo with her hyper-critical mother. Just as she's got her condo building filled with useful (read: helpful for survival) neighbors, politics, dead prostitutes and a bizarre re-interpretation of Camelot intrude on her somewhat peaceful, i ...more
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
May 08, 2013 Sarah (Workaday Reads) rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2013
I wanted to like this book. It sounded like a funny take on a post apocalypse story. Unfortunately, it did not live up to my expectations.

The story seemed disjointed and awkward in the beginning. It did not help that the writing jumped from around between standard novel format, to a play format. This change was distracting and didn’t lend anything to the story.

Sophie was an unlikely heroine. A self-doubting, middle-aged woman who is now a drug dealer, Sophie is a hard woman to understand and lik
Nov 12, 2012 Libby rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely amazing book. Our narrator, Sophie, tells us about surviving earthquake, fire, epidemic disease, volcanic eruptions and starvation in the none too distant future. Armored only by sarcasm, Sophie must preserve her family, find out who is murdering prostitutes, keep the newly emerging world from tyranny and see if there are enough cockroaches to make soup. Sophie's mother lives in La La Land, her brother has Asperger's syndrome, her daughter is a disdainful thirteen year old ...more
Aug 14, 2016 Jessica marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club-reads
I gave it my best effort. I made it halfway through the book. I hate giving up on book club reads because I want to be able to fully participate in the discussion. But the writing was just so terrible. I couldn't do it anymore. If you're going to self-publish, you at least have to find yourself a really good editor who will stop you from putting commas after conjunctions and will tell you when you're being unintentionally racist. The premise of this book actually has a lot of potential, but I ke ...more
Nov 13, 2012 Christie rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, x2012
I wanted to like this more than I did. I like the characters and th plot, but the narration is missing something. I think that to include the humor, the narrator is a bit flip, but it lightens the mood so much that even though Sophie's life is always in danger the stakes are low. Also I don't think I found the motivations of the characters believable; I had the feeling that the author was driving the book rather than tthe characters.
Sep 24, 2012 Trax rated it really liked it
Really liked it. It was smart and funny, while also being a story about a post apocalyptic world. The recreated civilization the characters inhabit is a very interesting one. Post apocalyptic Portland. Hearing it described as a Cormac McCarthy meets Christopher Moore book is a slight exaggeration but only slightly. I get that vibe from it, too.
Jun 21, 2014 to'c rated it liked it
Quite an entertaining look at life after the end of the world. They've made it just beyond the starvation, riots, looting, and cannabilism stages. Now they have to deal with serial murders, power grabs, and teenage daughters. The real trouble may be just ahead...

Set in Portland, Oregon, always a rich venue.
Jun 25, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Sort of typical story of an ordinary person thrust into becoming a hero by the chaos at the end of the world. But it's imaginative, entertaining, and very human. And funny--can't leave that out. Plus it takes place in Portland, so I recognize the places. Kind of reminds me of when I lived in Pittsburgh and Night of the Living Dead came out...
Nov 04, 2012 Larry rated it liked it
This was a fun little story. I chuckled at the notion of the end of the world
being caused by fracking. Liked the married-couple romance. The narrator's
constant obsession with food was amusing but it kept making me want to eat.
Paula  from Reading Lark
Jun 17, 2012 Paula from Reading Lark rated it really liked it
Shelves: summer-12
Lots of fun; a nice change of pace to read an adult novel, and I loved the dark comedy.
Fair warning: contains objectionable language and adult content. It's an end-of-the-world setting, so people's behavior is probably much more coarse than it would be in our everyday lives.
Apr 30, 2012 Mysia rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Written with dark humor, this thriller makes the end of the world both more real and less terrifying! A fun and funny (seriously) read.
Ripley Patton
Nov 23, 2014 Ripley Patton rated it really liked it
Has a cast of strong female characters, and I love that the main protagonist is a middle-aged, frumpy social worker/mother/wife I could really relate to.
Apr 06, 2012 Oksanna rated it it was amazing
Ha! Humor, suspense, love and Jewish mother's approach to the end of the world as we know it!
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Oct 31, 2013 Phil rated it really liked it
Darkly funny and interesting to boot. Portland in the after times.
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Anne Mendel was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. She did, in fact, attend Mrs. Ashleigh’s Charm School.

Before writing, rewriting and rewriting became her life’s work, she was a community organizer. She never worked with Barack Obama.

She lives with her husband Mark in Portland, Oregon. Her children live back east. Her muse is her dog Humphrey.
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