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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 204 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (April 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438938608
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438938608
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #891,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rurally raised, yet metropolitan minded. A casual author and somewhat of a perfectionist in all realms. Learning lessons but staying honest. Because he is shameless, he is an open book and because he is sharp, he is self-restrained. Full of emotion, but always rational. Humble, but quite often ostentatious. He comes off as a walking, talking dichotomy which makes him absolutely human, just like you.

Bereola is renowned by gentlemen current and past alike. He has spent the vast majority of his life traveling and researching etiquette and applying it in society.

This is the first of his Bereolaesque series.

Visit his website at  www.Bereola.com
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Enitan Bereola II has taken the boring concept of manners and made it beautiful, again! He penned "BEREOLAESQUE: The Contemporary Gentleman & Etiquette book for the Urban Sophisticate," and in a short moment, has garnered the interest of celebrities and pop-culture alike.

As an award-winning, two-time bestselling author, celebrity ghostwriter, speaker, etiquette impresario, producer, Beverly Hill's relationship advice columnist, Soul Train columnist and Essence Magazine relationship advice contributor, his voice reaches generations. Bereola has worked on projects with New York Times bestselling author & actor Hill Harper, award-winning actor Meagan Good, Grammy award-winning & platinum-selling artist Michelle Williams (Destiny's Child), Grammy award-winning songwriter & super producer Bryan-Michael Cox, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Pastor Jamal Bryant, Sports Illustrated NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Bobby Wagner and more.

He's exercised his etiquette on FOX News and dished dating advice to NBC Niteside, BET and MTV-u. His writing has been discussed on the nationally syndicated Russ Parr Morning Show and he's been featured on the covers of Equanimity, American Dreaming Magazine and Detroit's Front Page. The author was selected as one of BLACK ENTERPRISE Magazine's Young & Bold Business Leaders and has been deemed a History Maker by the HistoryMakers' national organization. He recently paired up with Beats By Dre's "Show Your Color" campaign to spread his gentleman message as well as Jay-Z and Steve Stoute's Translation, LLC advertising & marketing company.

Most importantly, Bereola believes in giving back. He has partnered with the Alice E. Foster Scholarship Program through the San Jose Links, Inc. who sponsors scholarships for high school graduates exiting the foster care system. He is also partnered with Autism Speaks through American Dreaming Magazine who donates 100% of profits from POP displays at retailers. The author has adopted his former high school - Piedmont Hills, to contribute 20% of his Barnes & Noble book sales to help fund student programs.

Bereola has been a keynote speaker and panelist at over 50 colleges & universities. He's been invited to speak at Harvard, Stanford and Tufts. The book is a required part of Bermuda College and Kansas State University curriculum. Enitan is currently touring the U.S. & abroad teaching men how to become contemporary gentlemen and women how to become gentlewomen. He's writing the sequel to his 1st book entitled, "GENTLEWOMAN."

Customer Reviews

Def a must have for men and women!
@NakeaElle
Every scenerio is covered and believe me, by the end of this book you will see something in yourself you've never felt before.
Flowesque
I found this book to be very informative.
Mr, McFly

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By soulonice on August 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
There are numerous ways to judge a book, and three that stick out for me are the following: good flow, good insight, and good editing. With a topic like this, one where the focus is on enhancing a man and bringing their best qualities to the surface, Bereola not only did all of them, he did them well.

The author finds a way to make this book personal in nature, and in a way that men can feel at ease. There is something for every single man, from every single walk of life, to take. You can highlight certain attributes of your personality and still retain the person that you are, and that is something he explains, reinforces, and encourages throughout the book. For example, if you're a wine taster, there's something for you. If you are the type to buy flowers for your lady of interest, there's something for you. If you're the type who likes to experiment with your appearance, there is something for you. If you're a "manly man," and are set in your ways (which isn't totally a bad thing), he provides insight to how you can enhance your person and still have that edge that makes you a manly man. If you're a cigar lover, there's something for you. If you're a globetrotter, there's something for you. For a man who feels they have all the tools, there's still something for you; if nothing else, just to know there is someone who has insight, and can approach a situation differently can serve as another tool to add to your arsenal.

Honestly, this is something I recommend for middle-school boys, high school kids, college men, post-college men, old-school men, fathers; basically, any kind of man there is. It will not only enhance the lives of others around you, it will, most importantly, enhance the life of the person who directly is taking it in.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Phillip Buggs on October 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
During spending aimless time on the internet I ran across an intriguing blog ran by Robert I. Brown. As I went looking through the different blog posts I noticed two things, one to be just 16 he had a great sense of style and, two he seemed very well read and written. After a few chats with Robert, I noticed he kept speaking of a book called Bereolaesque: The Contemporary Gentleman & Etiquette Book for the Urban Sophisticate. I know it seems like a mouthful, but its a good read.

As you can tell by the title, its about teaching men how to be gentleman. He gives A LOT of helpful tips. However, it does seem as if he's basically reteaching manners and respect throughout the book. As I was reading, I began to think that I knew all of what Enitan Bereola II was discussing, but deeply intrigued I continued to read and was rewarded generously. We all were taught manners as children growing up, some of us may or may not have strayed away from them, but I can almost guarantee we weren't taught dining etiquette, office etiquette, what the different flowers mean or several different ways to approach women. If you were taught these things, you're a lucky individual. I'll be the first to admit that I didn't know a great deal of the content in this book and that Bereolaesque taught me things I'll continue to use in my everyday life.

He even gives a set of rules to which men should apply to there everyday lives. I'll save that joy for you to discover. Let's just say they're very applicable and accurate. The section of the book I found most interesting was the etiquette section. I personally learned quite a deal of new and interesting things.

Overall I gives this book a 4.5/5. I wish it was a tad bit longer, however this is only the first book in this series. I anxiously await the next book.I suggest you go buy this book and read it if you're a man, or buy it for the most important man in your life. It will undoubtedly improve his life.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By UrbanSophistic on June 27, 2011
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I have to agree with S.H. Moore!! Sadly, I totally agree. I bought the book after seeing the Twitter hype...AND SOLD IT on Amazon as soon as I was done reading. It really is possible to convince people that you're a "writer" just because you appear witty in 140 characters or less. On to actual points about the book... I just have a few quibs

1. If you're going to write a book on achieving personal style, at least have enough new ideas to fill it. And if the ideas aren't new, find your own unique twist:
2. If you're going to write a book full of borrowed ideas, at least get a professional to edit it for grammar, spelling and organization (uniformity).

I'm sure Enitan Bereola's heart is in a good place; he wants to help other guys act as fly as he does. Cool, I get it. He even maintains that you shouldn't try to make your style a carbon copy of his; I respect that. My issue is his casual (almost cavalier) tone and the lack of structure throughout the book makes it seem like he gathered up a bunch of things he thinks make him hip, cool, or great and threw them into a book. Some thoughts, for example, are introduced and concluded on the same page. This alone is evidence that about 60% of the ideas he presents in the book are common knowledge and that simply mentioning them, instead of exploring them, doesn't merit a book. Bold and italicized text, as well as headers, appear any and everywhere... even where the reader knows they shouldn't be since no transition or new thought is introduced. Overall, the reading experience was a bit jarring. I honestly found myself flipping pages quicker than I could read them, especially closer to the end.

What we have here is a cool guy with cool ideas. He's positive, which I applaud!
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