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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books; English Language edition (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931686319
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931686310
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 4.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,513,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Move over, Emily Post!”—New York Magazine

“Hip, hilarious, and utterly indispensable, this is the perfect guide for those of us who have ever had a really bad date, navigated a busy airport, or been the victim of road rage.”—TucsonCitizen.com

“A 21st-century etiquette guide for [adults], this better behavior resource is both helpful and hysterical!”—Scholastic Parent & Child


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About the Author

Caroline Tiger has written for Ms. , Self , and Salon . She is a writer and editor at Philadelphia Magazine , and takes pride in her impeccable manners.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Seattleite on July 5, 2004
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If the "Worst-Case Scenario" authors ever wrote a guide to modern etiquette, it would probably turn out a lot like this. Each subject area, from "sharing armrest space on a plane" to "puking in a taxi" contains a two-part "how to" section: 1) Confronting the person to lecture them about their error and 2) Good methods for getting revenge.

Did someone steal your airplane armrest? No problem. Whack their headrest and perform deft elbow jabs to knock their elbow off the armrest. Ha HA!

If you're an etiquette junkie looking for a useful guide on modern manners, you will find this horrifying. Avoid. If you want to read something more along the lines of "etiquette satire as entertainment," and indulge all your fantasies about what you secretly wish you could do to people who have offended you, then this is a total riot.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mary S. Hingston on June 4, 2003
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Finally, etiquette for real people! I was sort of taken aback when a friend gave me this book as a gift -- manners? Me? But besides the fact that Tiger is totally practical, she's funny as hell. (Her advice on how to get a fellow airplane passenger to turn down his Walkman is laugh-out-loud.) This book also has a nice sense of nuance; the idea of "personal space" comes into it a lot, whether Tiger is dealing with elevator rules or cheaters in the express line at the grocery store. Her tips on gym behavior, a.k.a. "Sweatiquette," answered questions I've always wanted to ask somebody. The more I read, the more I realized -- this is really about maintaining civilization as we know it. I'm no longer irked that my friend thought I needed this book. She was right -- I did. You do, too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Dunsay on January 10, 2006
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If you have a sense of humor, you'll have a good laugh with this book, and pick up many useful tips along the way. Dealing with everything from commuter protocol to e-mail etiquette, this guide covers situations that most manners books miss. The section on gym etiquette should be required reading for certain gym users I've come across. Lastly, using a little common sense will easily allow you to tell which suggestions have been made in jest.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "amf1234" on May 5, 2004
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This book isn't about manners or courtesy. It's about getting revenge on everyone in the world when you are unable, for some reason, to achieve perfect personal comfort. If it's meant to be satire, it fails. I am afraid that too many people will take this book seriously, and think that they have the right to start lecturing anyone who sneezes near them on the subway. It's a horrible book, written by a woman that I wouldn't want to have anything to do with, ever. Her interpretation of "modern manners" is disgusting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Burket VINE VOICE on September 8, 2007
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The advice on when and how to retaliate is among the items that distracts from the solid tips in much of the book. Are you really supposed to get back at another airplane passenger? Are you really better off blocking someone in traffic? Do you really want to confront the person with a few extra items in the express line (yes, I know I feel like doing it)? Do you actually tell the clerk who spritzed you with perfume that you are "enraged and disgusted"? Perhaps the author was trying satire or humor. If so, the attempts all failed. She isn't as clever as Miss Manners, and too most of the mainstream content is played straight up.

OK, with the complaints aside, Ms. Tiger is very sound on the basics. In proposing how to deal with rude behavior (pre-escalation), she reminds us not to do those things ourselves, which is the corollary of how to respond. In America, be well aware of personal space. Use your cell phone quietly and with awareness of others. Don't leave the copier without paper. How to pick up on clues that your co-workers don't feel like chatting. Keep the office kitchen and fridge clean. Don't use insipid signatures and greetings in your e-mails. Watch the personal calls. Be polite getting in and out of elevators. No checking out people at the gym. How to split the check or pick up the tab. And so on.

The book is an easy read, with 200-ish small pages without a lot of type. You'll finish quickly, unless you pause to contemplate the advice or remember relevant situations from your own life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kalodaimon on January 28, 2010
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That is essentially what this book teaches. If you were socially challenged before you read this book and actually inclined to follow the instructions, you'll soon wonder why random strangers and old friends alike seem to hate you. This book details perfect examples of most, if not all, unpleasant encounters I've observed with what I considered to be extremely rude individuals. However, that appears to be its rather well masked intention.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 2003
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I have often felt as though I've lived in the shadow of Emily Post's tomb of archaic etiqette. Tiger has distilled the harder-edged modern world with this easy to reference book on safely and politely interacting --today.
Not only are the realistic, often humorous situations a useful guide, but the book is filled with offbeat tips that will make you the life of more than one coctail party.
Some of these things should be obvious, yet, I've got five clever friends on my list to send it to!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 2003
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I loved this book!!! Caroline Tiger gives advice on everything from answering office email to how to deal with a loud eater at the movies. I especially liked the section on love, sex and dating where she gives advice on what to wear on a first date, what to order and what to do if your date is ex-obsessed. Also, I enjoyed reading her suggestions for retaliation when someone's actions are extremely annoying. This book is humorous, engaging and informative - a rare combination. It would make a great gift for recent grads, birthdays, etc. Go out and buy this book for all of your friends and family!!!
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