Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck

Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck

eBook - 2014 | First edition
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We live in a world that's very different from the one in which Emily Post came of age. Many of us who are nice (but who also sometimes say "(f*ck)" are frequently at a loss for guidelines about how to be a good person who deals effectively with the increasing onslaught of rudeness we all encounter. To lead us out of the miasma of modern mannerlessness, science based and bitingly funny syndicated advice columnist Amy Alkon rips the doily off the manners genre and gives us a new set of rules for our twenty first century lives. With wit, style, and a dash of snark, Alkon explains that we now live in societies too big for our brains, lacking the constraints on bad behavior that we had in the small bands we evolved in. Alkon shows us how we can reimpose those constraints, how we can avoid being one of the rude, and how to stand up to those who are. Foregoing prissy advice on which utensil to use, Alkon answers the twenty first century's most burning questions about manners.
Publisher: New York : St. Martins Griffin, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250030726
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 289 pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Oct 15, 2016

Alkon's writing is witty and casual, and I found myself chuckling at times. However, she has a lot of conflicting messages in this book and it was hard for me to overcome that. That being said, it was not as insightful as I hoped it would be.

Nov 14, 2015

I deliberately kept this book for a late week, and will pay a fine for the privilege. I liked it. She talks about etiquette in the days of cell phones and crowded subways and planes, and I loved it. I also saw my own perception of the rudeness of unplanned phone calls vindicated. Her last chapter, on happiness, was really good - a brief and accurate summary of what makes us truly happy, with examples of how to put the ideas into practice.

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