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"Is it a breach of good manners to mislead folks just a little if you are going to show them a good time? The question arises after a brisk and happy trot through Henry Alford's new book, WOULD IT KILL YOU TO STOP DOING THAT?..Lively."―The New York Times
"Investigative humorist Henry Alford explores the illusive art of behaving well... Alford is a charming writer, who seems able to spin delightful stuff from whatever straw he happens to stumble across, and his rumination on good behavior is no exception."―Salon.com
"[His] self-deprecating wit recalls earlier generations of gentlemanly humor writers... Alford offers a...nearly always charming account of his own confusion about how to act."―The Boston Review
"Alford is a razory-wicked, fun guy to be around, and each of his stories are like those 'tiny acts of grace' brightening your day."―Kirkus
"Mr. Manners Henry Alford explains how-and why-to behave. WOULD IT KILL YOU TO STOP DOING THAT? amuses as it informs."―The New York Times Book Review
"[Alford] describes life as a cosmic Wikipedia, in which each of us through our actions is redefining and expanding the categories to which we belong. The book alternates between these idiosyncratic digressions and actual commentary on modern manners...consistently fun."―Newsday
"Extremely entertaining....Whatever the ideals may be, most of us can agree decent manners are a good idea. Thanks to this handbook, we stand a better chance of complying."―Bookpage
"Even the best behaved among us would benefit from a close reading of investigative humorist Henry Alford's brilliant primer on gracious living, Would It Kill You to Stop Doing That?"―Vanity Fair
"In today's world of social climbers, inconsiderate shoppers, cell phone yappers and the ever-evolving social media, Alford has taken it upon himself to get to the root of just what good manners really means in 2012. His flair for adding jovial wit to the proceedings offered is evident in every chapter. He has a natural, informative and clever writing talent....All in all, Would It Kill You to Stop Doing That? A Modern Guide to Manners provides a reference point from which to learn, a sympathetic voice of reason and an everyday guide for almost any social situation you could possibly imagine."―The Edge
Henry Alford is the author of three acclaimed works of investigative humor - How To Live: A Seach for Wisdom from Old People (While They are Still on this Earth); Big Kiss: One Actor's Desperate Attempt to Claw His Way to the Top; and Municipal Bondage: One Man's Anxiety-Producing Adventures in the Big City. He has been a regular contributor to the New York Times and Vanity Fair, and a staff writer at Spy. He has also written for The New Yorker, GQ, New York, Details, Harper's Bazaar, Travel & Leisure, the Village Voice, and Paris Review. He lives in Manhattan.
Lewis Black meets Miss Manners. Had me laughing very hard at many points. Well worth reading, and actually true to life.Published 2 months ago by R. Weiss
I found this book nearly unreadable -- although I did make it through to the end.
The prose is often convoluted and the author's tone waspish and snide. Read more
I found this book more amusing than useful. I had really hoped to discover some new strategies for dealing with rudeness ...without escalating the situation.Published 4 months ago by Tale Bearer
not miss Manners
She had a kind sense of humor , and thoughtfulness I liked
I had great hopes for this book, but it is a colossal disappointment. Alford kind of rambles from one anecdote to another, and the chapters (such as they appear to be chapters)... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Abigail
SO far this book seems likely to deliver. I like the writers wit and style and I purchased it exactly and only because of what other reviewers commented and I am satisfied.Published 7 months ago by K.Grace Brady
I read a lot of books on etiquette and public behavior, both historical works and present-day guides. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Michael K. Smith
This is a funny book about manners, or the lack of manners.
Not like any other book on manners I ever read though. Read more