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3.0 out of 5 stars Sharp, November 22, 2011
This review is from: Social Q's: How to Survive the Quirks, Quandaries and Quagmires of Today (Hardcover)
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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Initial post: Apr 6, 2012 10:16:51 AM PDT
Did you mean to give this three stars? You seem to praise the book disproportionately to the number of stars you give it. I know that the star ranking is subjective, of course, but I find myself using it, for better or worse, to guide my purchasing. Often, I won't buy something if it has under a four-star average rating if I am on the fence about it. On the other hand, I may be guilty at times of being overly generous with stars as a way to improve the average rating on something I really enjoy if I feel it is lower than it should be.

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 8:07:07 PM PST
W. Webb says:
I agree with M. Slaughter's comment. I also just heard Galanes on Fresh Air with Terry Gross and he was really interesting. Bottom line is: Why the 3 stars?
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