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How Do You Work This Life Thing?: Advice for the Newly Independent on Roommates, Jobs, Sex, and Everything That Counts Hardcover – April 10, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; English Language edition (April 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060823755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060823757
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,628,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Lizzie Post. . .brav[es] topics that her great-great-grandmother probably never saw coming.” (Newsday)

About the Author

Lizzie Post, great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post, is the coauthor of Great Get-Togethers, and author of How Do You Work This Life Thing? Lizzie is the Institute’s graphic designer. She also produces the Institute’s videos and e-learning programs.


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It's well written and it's easy to read.
Evik
Personally, I am thrilled with this book and plan on having a couple of copies on hand for college graduations and 21st birthday gifts.
YoMama
Everyone I know would be able to take something away from this extremely well-written book.
Chad Thornton Wildman

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Although the adolescent years are often considered to be the hardest in terms of life transition, moving from teen-living-at-home to out-on-your-own has to rank right up there. For those who are struggling on how life's supposed to happen in the real world, there's How Do You Work This Life Thing?: Advice for the Newly Independent on Roommates, Jobs, Sex, and Everything That Counts by Lizzie Post. I'm sure my 18 and 20 year olds could learn much from this book, and I know a number of others (unfortunately much older) who would also benefit from a refresher course or two...

Contents:

Introduction: Why This Book?

Part 1 - How to Avoid Killing Your Roommate (and Others) - The "Three C's" Approach to Building Better Relationships; Your New Place; Top Five Potential War Zones at Home; Hello, Neighbor; Welcome to My Home - Hanging Out, the Etiquette of Couch Crashing, and How to Be the Ideal Houseguest; Significant Others, One-Night Stands, and Things That Go Bump in the Night - Romance, Dating, and Sex at Your Place; Entertaining - From Wine Tasting to Beer Pong, and Everything In Between

Part 2 - The Rest of the World and You: Steppin' Out - What You're Telling the World; Errands; The Cell Phone; Dining - A Night Out With Friends; Dining - The Mechanics of it All; Socializing - From Etiquette With Friends to Meeting New People; Dating - For Real; Let the Games Begin! - The Etiquette of Sports and Fitness; Driver's Ed-iquette; Four Times When You've Got to Get It Right

Part 3 - Work, Paid and Unpaid: Landing the Perfect Job; On the Job; When School is Your Job

Index

It's tempting to think that moving out and getting a roommate will be cool, easy, and nonstop fun.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By YoMama on July 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
When I think of Emily Post I automatically think stuffy, prim, and proper. Not so this book by her great-great-granddaughter, Lizzie. An updated and fairly hip book of advice for the newly independent, it approaches issues in a straightforward manner, using a variety of formats with tips, Q&A, and checklists addressing roommate dilemmas, and classroom, dining, and office etiquette. As further evidence that this is not your grandmother's Emily Post, subjects such as one-night stands, "things that go bump in the night," (Use your imagination.) and couch-crashers are discussed. The book will also advise you on the appropriate clothing for a variety of occasions, when it's probably not okay to swear, and a great shrimp primavera recipe for your next party.

This book is not a perfect fit for each and every grown kid who moves out of the house, and certainly not for most 18-year-olds. It is well-suited for a slightly older, more sophisticated crowd of say, 20-somethings, who are more likely to WANT to make shrimp primavera and really care about wearing the right clothes for each occasion. Personally, I am thrilled with this book and plan on having a couple of copies on hand for college graduations and 21st birthday gifts. 50 Ways to Leave Your Mother
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Colby E. Perkins on May 18, 2007
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I bought this book because I was interested in a hipster take on manners for the post grad crowd. I was a little disapponted at the lack of wit in the book, but it contains info that all people need to know...and a great majority never learn.

It's a perfect go-to-guide for the serially clueless graduate in your life
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chad Thornton Wildman on May 8, 2007
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Everyone I know would be able to take something away from this extremely well-written book. Too many young adults these days seem to have somehow missed out on learning how to conduct themselves in a way that does not hassle the people they interact with on a daily basis. It is refreshing to see a young author with such a thorough understanding of these issues.

The book itself is entertaining and an excellent read regardless of how it is read (I enjoyed picking it up and reading chapters at random). I highly recommend it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Evik on August 30, 2010
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I'm going to enjoy this book very much. It's well written and it's easy to read.
I love it.
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