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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (November 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145160579X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451605792
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Philip Galanes has made a name for himself as a weekly columnist doling out important advice on social etiquette and now has collected all this wisdom in one terrific book called Social Q's. But all this leaves me to wonder what an expert on social etiquette was thinking when he asked a busy woman in the throes of redecorating her apartment to take valuable time away from her rabbit to write a book blurb?”

--Amy Sedaris

"Social Q's is a hilarious set of solutions to all the problems we're lucky to have. A must-read survival guide."—Christian Landers, author of Stuff White People Like --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Philip Galanes is the author of “Social Q’s,” the advice column published weekly in the Sunday Styles section of The New York Times. Philip is also an entertainment lawyer and novelist. He was born and raised in New England, and graduated from Yale College and Yale Law School. He occasionally sidelines as an interior designer, and his projects have been published in Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, New York magazine, and The New York Times. Visit him at PhilipGalanes.com.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By B. Austone on November 20, 2011
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Certainly not your grandmother's tome for advice! This portable commentary on life is an absolute necessity if you work, travel and interact with people everyday. I would have killed to have Galanes' advice in 2006-2007 when I was dealing with absolute demons for brides and students in the classes I teach. He teaches you to defer and ignore that little things that get us down. Told in a direct and blunt fashion he gets you out of your self-absorbed self. Galanes should run an academy for manners or even those who just want to handle life a bit better. What is interesting is that Galanes with a law background has interesting insight into the workings of other folks' minds, which is different from those who have a knee-jerk reaction to events. From flakey people, to dirty urchins, and tacky grannies, he advises the reader to move beyond the situation and that life is indeed short, but you can make it sweet. Rather than fighting the person you can't stand, he gives you techniques to avoid and disengage. I recommend this gem of a book without reservation.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Stephen T. Hopkins VINE VOICE on November 22, 2011
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I rarely read Philip Galanes column in the Sunday Styles section of The New York Times. After I picked up a copy of his new book, Social Q's: How to Survive the Quirks, Quandaries and Quagmires of Today, I came to appreciate how witty and crisp writing can apply to almost any topic. Galanes'sharp writing style is entertaining and he knows how to turn a phrase. Fans of the column will savor this large dose. Any reader who likes wit and enjoys the social commentary that an advice column can provide will find much to enjoy in this entertaining book.

Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By CindyKodak on May 24, 2012
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I am a big fan of Mr. Galanes column; perhaps too big of a fan. Because I read his column so faithfully, I couldn't help but notice that several of the anectodes/questions in the book were repeats from his columns. I suppose it's not unreasonable for him to turn his columns into a book, but I was expecting new scenarios with fresh new advice, not just a rehashing of the old stuff. The book is a great read for anyone new to the columns; but for die-hard readers, just be aware that a lot of this is repetition of many of the same columns; just grouped together by category instead of date. If you have a NYTimes Digital subscription, you can just read his columns online for free, but if not, by all means, buy the book!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By BLehner on November 3, 2011
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Admittedly I am not the kind of person who'll actually read advice columns - which often are either condescending or leave you even more puzzled than before - but I didn't even know that Social Q's has its roots there before I started reading. I simply assumed it would be a modern view on etiquette. With a humorous touch. Luckily this book, based on the respective NY Times column by Philip Galanes, is a far stretch from regular advice on etiquette, but instead a witty read that really does give good tips on the quirks, quandaries and quagmires of today.
Often laugh out loud funny the author tackles the questions aka problems of readers of his column and shares his collected wisdom on all kinds of everyday questions that leave you stranded simply because you don't know just how to react in a situation when eg your boss has got a serious problem with BO, or your friend's kids ruin your couch and the parents end up blaming you for it.
Though the most important aspect of the whole book is how you don't just get simple answers, every situation is different after all. Giving easy instructions on how to figure out which way best to proceed - remain silent, talk it out, or call a lawyer - you'll actually learn how to find your own answers, which is probably the smartest advice you can get.
In short: Need lighthearted advice about awkward social situations? Read this book!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Simon & Schuster Galley Grab book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Drwo on May 18, 2013
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Phillip Galanes has taken the "pressing question" into the 21st Century and given his answers to the New York Times. In the time of Ann Landers, typical questions were along the lines of: "I have a crush on Johnny and he is dating my friend. Should I tell Johnny about my feelings or keep them to myself?"

Modern times call for modern questions. "I have a crush on my friend's boyfriend, Johnny. I texted Johnny some nude photos of myself and now he wants to take me out and friend me on Facebook. Should I tell my friend or just go on the pill and go out with Johnny?"

I made up these questions as I'm not sure it's technically legal to quote directly from a book in a review but you get the idea. The answer, too, is my own. "Social Q's"answer could be completely different, which is why he writes the column and I am simply reviewing his book.

"The pill sounds like a plan, regardless. If Johnny has kept the photos to himself rather than posting them online and emailing them to all of his friends, that could be good news. If he has posted the photos online, it's possible that the cat is out of the bag and your friend will already suspect that something is up with you and Johnny. If your friend has seen the photos and knows they were posted by Johnny, it's likely that she has booted him to the curb already and your coast is clear. Of course, you have burned your bridges with your friend and Johnny may not be in it for the long term."

Many of the questions in this quirky, funny book are about neighbors, roommates, Facebook friends, watercooler dilemmas and, of course, romance. One of the chapters I found so intriguing was the number of questions concerning hurt feelings, resentments, etc., about money, gifts and thank you notes.

This book is not only fun, it will make you think about the wise counsel of the author.
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