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A new guide for a new generation,
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This review is from: Social Q's: How to Survive the Quirks, Quandaries and Quagmires of Today (Hardcover)
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.