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"Being an extremely low-born and gauche person, I rely heavily on the Countess for tips on good manners and etiquette. She has also taught me how to be more sassy and alluring."
-Simon Doonan, creative director of Barney's New York, author of Eccentric Glamour

"Forget what you think you know from television: this lady walks the walk and talks the talk. She's a real doll, comfortable in her own skin and real, and if you're thinking about buying this book, it's one you will keep for yourself and send to friends who - like you - didn't know they needed it."
-Whoopi Goldberg

"My collections are about giving opportunities to women to express their feminine side. LuAnn understands the importance of femininity and shares her savoir-faire with you in this book."
-Catherine Malandrino, fashion designer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Avery; 1 edition (December 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592405207
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592405206
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My problem with Ms. de Lesseps is that she uses etiquette as a weapon. Etiquette has the still-relevant function of making others feel comfortable. Misanthropes such as Ms. de Lesseps are making manners seem to be outdated and pretentious. A good ettiquette book should teach you the opposite. Ms. de Lesseps missed a golden opportunity to make the television-watching public aware of ways to improve their interactions with others. She may be interesting to watch through the declasse lens of a reality television camera, but class she will never possess.
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By ABM on January 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book was pretty bad. I cringed (and yawned) while I read it. If you want to know how fabulous "The Countess" thinks she is and how marvelous she thinks her life is, then this is the book for you. Emily Post she is not. I was actually a little embarrassed for her.
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Usually I'm very picky about Amazon reviews being on the actual product and nothing else. However, as the Real Housewives of NYC star that she is, I feel Luann's reputation from the show can be fairly included in my review of this book.

So I just have to say, what gave her the nerve to write and have published a book on etiquette, of all things? Watching the Real Housewives is a guilty pleasure of mine, I love to see how ridiculous these women act. It never ceases to amuse me how these women all run around pretending to be classy & ladies when their behavior is atrocious. These girls hardly act like well bred ladies of society. Please.

Luann, while not the worst offender on the show (I'm talking to you, Ramona & Kelly), lacks class and decorum needed to be taken seriously when selling a book such as this. Her regal facade slips quite often. Just today I watched her give a lunch lesson to her daughter's friends (how lucky for them, right?) on etiquette and she chastised a girl for having her elbow on the table. I kid you not, the very next episode Luann has lunch with Bethanny and had her elbow on the table practically the whole time. This book, and her personality, is preachy and condescending. She talks the talk, but she doesn't walk the walk.

Let's face the fact that without the show, no one other than her circle in New York would really know who this lady is. No one would buy this book, she's pulling a profit on this book because of the show. So it's very amusing to read this book, and then sit down and watch her behavior on tv. Calling her friend a "lucky b****" for not having a husband. Calling her friends out on their rude behaviors in public (hardly classy). Talking down to her friends and giving unsolicited advice.
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Format: Hardcover
This is not so much a "how to" or an etiquette book, it is, like everyone else has stated, a book about her fabulous life as the Countess.

Unless you want to learn how to transform yourself from a nurse into a Countess into a reality TV personality, or you are genuinely interested in her from the Real Housewives show, I would highly not recommend this book.
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By Traci on January 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
After reading the book and watching her show, I find Luann a huge disappointment. No where in her book was the part about offering advice when not asked for it, speaking in condescending ways to those around you, and correcting everyone around you as much as possible. As a Native American, as she admits to being, I was raised that to speak too much was to make a fool of yourself. Perhaps she needs to go back to those childhood lessons.
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A most basic distinction in regards to class is between the powerful and the powerless. I do think LuAnn attempted to make this point painfully clear when she 'bestowed' her presence and so called 'instructions' (on class-if this wasn't so ironically awful, it would be funny), to those young girls at the inner city school. BTW LuAnn, there is this quality called humility, something perhaps you could explore, and these girls gracefully radiated it as they sat there having to politely and painfully tolerate the embarrassing, condescending performance you subjected them to. Personally, I was mortified.

Who would purchase this book? Certainly not those of the upper classes, b/c they obstensibly would not find it necessary. So LuAnn is doing the rest of the common masses a favor, n'est pas?, with her 'teachings'-----if only they buy her book and fall for her fantasy facade/overblown grandiose idea of who she thinks she is.

So LuAnn seems to have the intent to make money off of those she thinks need her instruction to live like her, and also those who have not been as 'privileged' as she seems to think she is. This is not 'class' LuAnn, this is classism. Class is elegant and classism, is vulgar for your information. Class, by its own nature is generous, the other, exploitably greedy. One is grand, the other, petty and small. 'Class' that is inherent is expansive/enlightens and informs by 'being', not by dogmatic pedantry.

Classism by definition Lu, is prejudice/discrimination on the basis of social class. "It includes individual attitudes that are set up to benefit the upper classes at the expense of the lower classes". Clearly the selling of your book fits in neatly here and and who profits?
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