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Manners Hardcover – April 14, 2004
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Spade overhauls and replenishes our wardrobes in and celebrations in Occasions. With Manners, the designer steers us through the more sensitive arena of etiquette, showing us how to pull it all together with grace and style. Common conundrums like tipping, thank-you notes, and maneuvering embarrassing moments like "toothsome tidbits" (spinach between your teeth) are all succinctly addressed. But Spade picks up where Emily Post left off by dealing with more modern mysteries like "Cell Hell" and sample sales with wit and wisdom. Best of all the approach is decidedly un-preachy, which makes this new twist on the manners mix a fun read. --Christene Barberich
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I found two things disturbing about the book. A lot of the advice she gives, which is very little, in handling awkward sitauations is to grin and bear it and be sure to hit the booze while you are at it. I do not see how getting drunk is a remedy. I think that sometimes it is more appropriate to speak up for yourself in a way that will not be offending to others around you. It's just that when these occasions do arise, sometimes it helps to get a little guidance on how to speak up tactfully, and this book will not provide any such guidance.
I also was floored when she claims that apparently it is a faux pas to wear a band-aid on one's foot that is visible while wearing sandals. ????? eh???? This I do not understand at all. What is one to do if they've injured their foot and it's uncomfortable to wear regular shoes? This advice is a bit too much and way off the mark.
I did learn 2 useful bits of knowledge (like splitting a check and visiting someone's home), but other than that, there isn't anything practical or useful to be learned here.
"Manners" succeeds in reminding its readers that how you treat others has a strong impact on the quality of your life. While this book is not designed to compete with Emily Post's writings or other etiquette anthologies, it is a lovely reminder to readers that thoughtfulness and kindness can bring yourself and others much joy in your day to day lives.
"Manners" will make a wonderful addition to your book collection. Kudos to Kate Spade for a job well done!
behavior that is lacking in not only children but, adults too.