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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
An artful and humorous take on society, language and manners--as well as ample advice for a carefully considered jab to the social solar plexus. Author AC Kemp manages to pay homage to the best nineteenth-century etiquette guides while also giving an instructive and amusing tour of slang, insults, and the art of the backhanded compliment through the character of Lady Snark. Socialites, beware!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format: Paperback
This very cute book would be a perfect stocking stuffer for someone who suffers from the dreaded Always Nice syndrome.

How to handle a pointed comment about well you look for your old, old age:

"Thank you....I wish I could say the same" (p 115).

You will learn how to handle the bimbo who is stealing your husband. How to deal with the bully in your classroom. And how to deal with the drunk in your Christmas party.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a funny book of edginess and insults, wrapped around an insightful book about the way we use language. Highly recommended both for laughs and "aha" moments...
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on October 23, 2013
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
Production problems with my personally autographed copy, this book is a hoot.

Also, its negative critics confirm the reality that far too many do not appreciate the fact that writing comedy is hard to do as serious writing, if not even harder.

I love author Lady Arabella Snark.

In fact, I offered to marry her IN SPITE of her checkered past and suspected history of being a multiple incident black widow.
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on February 5, 2010
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Thought this book would be more clever than it is. Not a great buy.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2011
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
I purchased this book NEW as a Christmas and it came with a big sticker stain on the front AND back covers. I am not looking forward to giving this gift when the cover looks so terrible. The inside pages look fine from what I saw, but the first thing someone is going to see is the ugly brown smudges on the cover.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2008
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This book promises to be really creative and funny. It's not. It's a little sarcastic, but mostly it's both brittle and didactic. [A difficult combination, no?] There are not enough good one-liners and too much deportment training.
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9 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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We find ourselves gasping at the pure vituperative virulence within this postlapsarian veldt of poisoned puissance. Bravo to the cruellant Lady Arabella Snark, the new goddess of jugular gibes, the protectoress of sesquipedalian succubance. Beware to the illiterati, the linguistic lumpen! This book should be required of all vermivorous and verbivorous citizens. It is better than a fork in the eye, even one encrusted with 'AS' and brandished with the kind of nimble nonchalance fostered at Haverford Women's Correctional Facility. Endangerment is imminent: the only question is which side you'll be on, the 'end' or the 'anger' (the 'ment' of course is in imminent). Buy the book to be on the safe side.
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