Catherine Newman Catherine Newman has been the Real Simple Modern Manners etiquette columnist since 2012. In addition to her work at Real Simple, Catherine is the author of a number of books: the memoirs "Catastrophic Happiness" and "Waiting for Birdy," the middle-grade novel "One Mixed-Up Night," the kids' craft book "Stitch Camp," the how-to book for kids, "How to Be a Person," the etiquette book for kids, "What Can I Say?" (forthcoming, Storey, May 2022), and the novel "We All Want Impossible Things" (forthcoming, Harper, November 2022). She also edits the non-profit kids' cooking magazine "ChopChop," and is a regular contributor to the New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, Parents magazine, Cup of Jo, and many other publications. She lives in Amherst, Mass. with her family. About Real Simple Real Simple, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning, trusted online resource for for smart, authentic solutions to simplify your life. We reach 11 million readers a month. Our content is written by experienced journalists and fact-checked for accuracy. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.