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Class with the Countess: How to Live with Elegance and Flair Paperback – December 29, 2009
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-Simon Doonan, creative director of Barney's New York, author of Eccentric Glamour
"Forget what you think you know from television: this lady walks the walk and talks the talk. She's a real doll, comfortable in her own skin and real, and if you're thinking about buying this book, it's one you will keep for yourself and send to friends who - like you - didn't know they needed it."
"My collections are about giving opportunities to women to express their feminine side. LuAnn understands the importance of femininity and shares her savoir-faire with you in this book."
-Catherine Malandrino, fashion designer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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So I just have to say, what gave her the nerve to write and have published a book on etiquette, of all things? Watching the Real Housewives is a guilty pleasure of mine, I love to see how ridiculous these women act. It never ceases to amuse me how these women all run around pretending to be classy & ladies when their behavior is atrocious. These girls hardly act like well bred ladies of society. Please.
Luann, while not the worst offender on the show (I'm talking to you, Ramona & Kelly), lacks class and decorum needed to be taken seriously when selling a book such as this. Her regal facade slips quite often. Just today I watched her give a lunch lesson to her daughter's friends (how lucky for them, right?) on etiquette and she chastised a girl for having her elbow on the table. I kid you not, the very next episode Luann has lunch with Bethanny and had her elbow on the table practically the whole time. This book, and her personality, is preachy and condescending. She talks the talk, but she doesn't walk the walk.
Let's face the fact that without the show, no one other than her circle in New York would really know who this lady is. No one would buy this book, she's pulling a profit on this book because of the show. So it's very amusing to read this book, and then sit down and watch her behavior on tv. Calling her friend a "lucky b****" for not having a husband. Calling her friends out on their rude behaviors in public (hardly classy). Talking down to her friends and giving unsolicited advice.Read more ›
Unless you want to learn how to transform yourself from a nurse into a Countess into a reality TV personality, or you are genuinely interested in her from the Real Housewives show, I would highly not recommend this book.
The majority was just stories of her life, as she tried to relate them to certain manners and etiquette. The most embarrassing section of course was "how to make a man fall in love with you and keep him in love with you" or some such nonsense. Clearly, she's not really the best one to be giving advice in THAT situation, being it seemed even before they separated, she and her husband lived separately, in different countries.
I find nothing wrong with people not knowing the complete catalog of manners. Some of them have gone in and out of fashion, or are no longer relevant. When manners are used, I appreciate them instead of expecting it all the time. If you don't know or were never taught that particular etiquette, how are you suppose to use said manners. No big deal. I like to think that pointing out someone's bad manners IS having bad manners. It's rude. BUT! If you promise that you are of the utmost class and manners, you best use it in your everyday life and be a good example. The "Countess" does not do that.
She's a fashion model/nurse who married into title and money. Every time she introduces herself as the Countess or reminds someone to call her Countess on the show, I feel embarrassed for her, because it's of poor class to always be pointing that out to people. She's clearly insecure and thinks telling people her title will make her more important.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This woman is the biggest crock and so is her "book". If I could rate this with lower than 1 star, I would. Didn't even buy it, didn't want to waste my money. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Becky
I cannot believe she titled her book "class" when she is nothing but a tramp. I would never buy this trash. A friend did and LOL all the way through. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Skye
I read some terrible reviews on Amazon, but decided to order it anyway. It was a well written easy read with useful information! Read morePublished 6 months ago by melissa
Manners should be used as a means to ease all social situations ... not as a club to beat up others you feel are beneath you. I guess the countess didnt get that lesson.Published 7 months ago by J. Sharp
This arrived on time and in very very good condition. I enjoyed reading it. Just hope I can remember everything! I like LuAnn and would probably read anything she writes. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Morningheart
Fun read. Filled with lots of great, basic manners that everyone should know.Published 9 months ago by margle
The Countess gives great tips on how to be classy in any situation. Elegance and class never goes out of style.Published 10 months ago by Deborah