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How Not to Be a Dick: An Everyday Etiquette Guide Hardcover – August 1, 2013

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Throughout history, there have been dicks. The kind of people who have the power to ruin even the nicest day. The kind of people who, when you’re just enjoying a soothing cut of hot coffee in the morning, rush in, knock that coffee all over your favorite sweater, and don’t even stop to help, much less apologize!

Dicks don’t stop to consider how their attitudes, actions, and words affect other people. Dicks are, as a rule, selfish and thoughtless. They take out their fears, frustrations, insecurities, and ignorance on others. Dicks have been the cause of wars, snide New Yorker articles, and upsetting comments on cute cat blog for as long as anyone can remember. That bully from grade school, that boss who promoted his fraternity brother over you, that kid in seventh grade who mocked your list – all dicks!

To be totally honest, we can all be dicks at times. We can all get caught up in our own world, forget about everyone else, and start acting like dicks. We all have bad days, and we all make mistakes, even when we mean well. What can you do?

Here’s what: Remember that we’re all in it together.

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*Starred Review* Really? An etiquette book for teens? Yes, really, you butt-faced jerk! See, that right there is “dickish behavior,” a timeless plague for which Doherty has a cabinet full of cures. The atmosphere is pure Dick-and-Jane: fussy early-reader prose married to bland clip-art-style illustrations starring a deadpan boy and girl. Through these oldfangled characters, Doherty fires absurd twenty-first-century zingers that happen to be really, really, really funny. (When was the last time you LOL’d at a nonfiction book?) Droll humor is one thing, but does Doherty deliver substance? Shockingly, she does, offering teens blunt, no-nonsense advice on the adult world that awaits them. Examples: don’t stare at a female's boobs during conversation, avoid passive-aggressive Post-its, try to smell like “nothing in particular” if you work in the service industry, don’t recline your airplane chair all the way, and on and on. She even drops some mega-wisdom bombs; regarding faith, she writes, “Believing in an idea is kind of like falling in love with a person—it just seems right, even if we can’t explain it.” Given the emphasis on roommates, office parties, and alcohol, this is clearly the gift book for next year’s high-school and college grads. After all, we all need the occasional reminder that peeing in the shower is wrong. Grades 10-12. --Daniel Kraus

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“Really? An etiquette book for teens? Yes, really, you butt-faced jerk! See, that right there is 'dickish behavior,' a timeless plague for which Doherty has a cabinet full of cures. The atmosphere is pure Dick and Jane: fussy early-reader prose married to bland clip-art-style illustrations starring a deadpan boy and girl. Through these old-fangled characters, Doherty fires absurd twenty-first-century zingers that happen to be really, really, really funny. (When was the last time you LOL’d at a nonfiction book?) Droll humor is one thing, but does Doherty deliver substance? Shockingly, she does, offering teens blunt, no-nonsense advice on the adult world that awaits them….Given the emphasis on roommates, office parties, and alcohol, this is clearly the gift book for next year’s high-school and college grads. After all, we all need the occasional reminder that peeing in the shower is wrong.” 
- Booklist (Starred Review)

"Amen! - a parenting book for crummy parents like me. It's not so much a parenting book, per se - no, it really is an etiquette book. But the tone and language used is straightforward and speaks to teens and young adults in a manner that they understand. And all that stuff you learned in parenting class? It's back, and much more applicable than you thought. . . . The book is rated for 18+, but honest to God, I'll let my 12-year-old daughter read it. There's nothing inappropriate in terms of language or subject matter, I think, for middle schoolers, and frankly, that's where the seeds of dickishness are usually planted."
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