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Urban Etiquette: Marvelous Manners for the Modern Metropolis Paperback – June 1, 2004

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Meet the personification of today's new etiquette: Mr. Social Grace -- weekly advice columnist in print, radio and online -- as he reveals the basics of good manners for everyday urban life. Unlike yesterday's etiquette advisors (like your Great Aunt Vivian) Social Grace isn't here to beat you about the head and neck with self-righteous disapproval. Instead, he offers a new interpretation of good manners that can serve as a powerful tool to help twenty-first century people get along better. Presented in answers to real-life quandaries is Social Grace's philosophy of etiquette. It's not about snobbish correctness, but courtesy and common sense.With the help of this fun and lively little book, you'll be able to move confidently through any situation. You'll even be able to deal effectively with the rudeness of others, and, where kindness fails in the face of boorish behavior, to wield the powerful weapon of "applied rudeness" yourself.With gentle humor and encouragement, Social Grace promotes etiquette's critical role in a multi-cultural, democratic society -- to guarantee that everyone is able and knows how to participate fully in society.

From the Author

I dedicate this book to the world’s courteous strangers -- the people who are polite and kind, even to people they do not know, and even when they perhaps need not be. Each day, at least one of you affirms my faith in humanity.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Council Oak Books (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188517182X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885171825
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,848,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Etiquette expert and writer Charles Purdy, a.k.a. Social Grace, lives and works in San Francisco, California. His first advice column appeared in the Bay Area's "SF Weekly" newspaper from 2000 through 2005; a second currently appears on Planet Out's Web sites. He is the resident etiquette expert of KRON TV's "Weekend Morning News" program and a regular guest of KFOG Radio's "Morning Show," where he answers called-in questions about living well and behaving courteously.

Charles has appeared on numerous television programs, including "Good Morning Canada," "Mr. Romance," and "Life & Style"; his advice has appeared in the "Wall Street Journal," "Real Simple" magazine, and many other publications; and he has conducted seminars on topics from table manners to business etiquette, for third-graders, finance professionals, and many other groups.

"I have great faith in the power of good manners, and in my heart I believe that most people want to act correctly; they just weren't taught how to do so. And before they have an understanding of the underlying principles of good manners, they reject these principles on the grounds that they are arbitrary rules or simply tools that snobs use to keep "lower classes in their place." But the fundamental basis of proper behavior has always been kindness and consideration for others. Etiquette in its true sense gives us an agreed-upon way to communicate respect for other people and for our communities. Additionally, social rules have roots in the past, and modified as they may be in modern times, they connect us with history and weave us more firmly into the fabric of society."

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
Over the past couple of years, I've become a big fan of the Social Grace etiquette advice column. It offers a refreshing outlook on etiquette and manners. So I was really looking forward to the first Social Grace etiquette book . . . and it was definitely worth the wait. This book is funny and entertaining, but it also has some fantastic advice on how to live a courteous, dignified life. I would recommend Urban Etiquette to anyone who has ever had to ride a subway, use a public laundromat, eat in a restaurant, do anything in a city environment, etc. -- and was not sure how to behave. This book will be extremely helpful.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
Mr. Purdy has done the impossible; he's made etiquette something that's not just for the social elite or something from an earlier century like bustles and dowries. In his book he writes that being kind and polite is for everyone in every age. It makes the world a nicer place to live. And why wouldn't we want that?
Well done, Social Grace, I can't wait to see what your next project will be.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Hayley on June 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
I have really enjoyed reading Urban Etiquette, not only for my personal use, but to inform my friends of public etiquette. I recently moved to SF and I loved the section on bus (public transportation) etiquette. I enjoyed the way the book polished the etiquette I had learned as a child from my parents, but told it in a new "trendier" fashion.
I would recommend this book to anyone and I have alreayd bought two more for house warming gifts. You will get a chuckle from the book and it will open your eyes what not to do in public.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
Finally, a book that takes the rather murky world of "proper" manners and gives it a sensible, modern spin. This book is a must for anyone even remotely interested in interacting with their fellow man with dignity and grace. The layout makes for an interesting and entertaining read, while also serving as a handy reference tool for when you need a few quick tips on throwing a right proper cocktail party. This is just a great little book, and would make a wonderful gift. It does beg the question though, who on earth would forcibly remove a person's Argyle socks from their sock drawer? For shame.
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