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From the Back Cover

"The attributes of a great lady may still be found in the rule of the four Ss: Sincerity, Simplicity, Sympathy and Serenity."    --Emily Post

 

Modern life may be increasingly frenetic, but the qualities of a true lady are timeless.  She possesses a delicate combination of grace, charm, and elegance and is universally admired. Any woman can make the transition from lady-in-waiting to leading lady with a little help. 

 

How to Live Like a Lady is your essential guide to modern manners. Brimming with advice on every etiquette issue, this book helps you navigate your way through the trickiest of social dilemmas with complete confidence. 

About the Author

Sarah Tomczak has spent the last ten years working on magazines in New York and London. She was a lifestyle editor at celebrity bible Us Weekly and has written on style, sex, and celebrities for Cosmopolitan, Company, Closer, Top Sante and YM magazine. She currently lives in London.

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Product Details

  • Turtleback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599213524
  • ASIN: B001O9BY24
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,802,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nice tips, easy to read.
sherri crabtree
The book is well written and sticks to classic themes and guidelines to help add some elegance and grace to your everyday life.
Kayleigh
There seems to be a disconnect between the title and the contents of the book.
Miss Betsy

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Juliet Spencer on October 8, 2013
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I could have gotten the same advice in Cosmopolitan without paying for this book. In the dating section, the author says that if "your first and second dates went well," it's OK to invite him in and "casually suggest" he stay the night, so be sure to clean up the place before you go out. As for sex, "let him know what you enjoy...nudity is unavoidable (duh)...bringing up contraception is essential (so have condoms close at hand)...The next morning, be bright and breezy and always offer him breakfast even if you're not sure you want him to stay." Of course, let him think this is just another roll in the hay - nothing special. If he must have coffee, hope he makes it fast. Bye-bye. Really, is this the way a lady lives? And to think - I almost gave this book to my friend's teenaged daughter who is a lovely young girl who I'm sure does not own a "flesh-colored G-string" - an essential item on the author's must-have list. There is so much in this little book that I found offensive and only hope that no reader takes it seriously and actually thinks that living like a lady requires such trashiness. Isn't society bad enough without this?
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By AnnaPearl on October 2, 2010
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I bought this book hoping for something quite in depth that would give me advice on conduct in different situations. However I really didn't feel like it delivered, and it came across as a little superficial.

All of its suggestions were obvious and I didn't learn much from it. I wouldn't recommend anyone who had been brought up with any social sense at all to buy this book. You will get better advice from your girlfriends!!!

I'm a little disappointed as most of rules are pretty basic and common sense.
It is nicely presented but really of little substance.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Miss Betsy on June 4, 2013
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Rather than being a worthwhile in-depth read, this book is a collection of light articles that you might come across in a magazine or tabloid while waiting in line at the supermarket. There seems to be a disconnect between the title and the contents of the book. I don't think readers buy a book entitled "How to Live Like a Lady" so that they can be told that they have to wear high heels, should own a flesh-colored g-string, and should not be self-conscious about nudity when they have sex with their dates. Perhaps this book should be re-titled.
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful By five+two on April 20, 2011
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My husband bought me this book to help me on social outings with his clients. I have a tendency to be shy, but he thought maybe this would help my conversation skills. I tried to explain that I'd read Emily Post, but he thought he was being nice so I chose to read it out of politeness.

As another reviewer pointed out, there are many inaccuracies or ridiculous opinions within the book. The author actually thinks that Kate Moss has natural style. I would think getting caught doing cocaine on camera is not stylish or ladylike! Probably most of Kate's style could be attributed to a team of stylists that get her ready for the camera. There is also a whole section devoted to wearing heels, which I'm sure many podiatrists would be excited to read. True, they can make legs look great, but are not necessary for most occasions or when you're 5'11, as am I. Also, no one kisses strangers in Scandinavia, but they definitely do in Italy. She pointed out that a handshake is most appropriate in U.S. and European cultures, but then only listed Western countries when being more specific on greetings. Maybe she should have thought of some place like Mexico, when siting examples, where it's very rude to not kiss when greeting.

Additionally, the book is rather pompous in tone and seems to think that all modern women need a lecture on how to act. It's easy to blame younger generations for failing to live up to our morals and standards, but perhaps we should learn to accept that the world is continually evolving.

As for me, social anxiety will not be conquered by ridiculous expectations, so perhaps this book is not for me. Maybe if it could talk for me I'd have the privilege of fitting in with all the pinky and nose in the air crowd.
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30 of 43 people found the following review helpful By S. Otto on March 2, 2010
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Good idea, bad advice.

I picked up this book expecting the perfect little handbook on life, but I found some of the advice to be just plain wrong.

For example, in the first chapter it is suggested that one should "Ask about jobs, vacations..." "Jobs" can be a difficult subject to speak on, what if the person is unemployed? What if they do something you consider embarrassing, boring, immoral or repugnant? Exotic dancer, proctologist or butcher come to mind.

Under how to sit in a skirt (pg 45) the author suggests what she calls "the double leg-cross." in which the skirt wearer first crosses her legs at the nee and then at the ankle. First and most importantly, you have to have super skinny legs in order to pull this off. Secondly a lady never crosses her legs!

There were many more examples of bad advice, this is just two that I know of for certain. I have to ask, what else is wrong?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amber on January 8, 2015
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I was intrigued by someone mentioning this book offhandedly in conversation and decided to give it a go despite the bad reviews. While most of the advice is good, the useful bits are far too short to be helpful. Most if this is common sense. Unless you have absolutely no idea how to behave politely, this book is probably not going to be of much use.
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