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Social Q's: How to Survive the Quirks, Quandaries, and Quagmires of Today Paperback – November 27, 2012
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""Social Q's" is a hilarious set of solutions to all the problems we're lucky to have. A must-read survival guide."--Christian Landers, author of "Stuff White People Like"
"SOCIAL Q'S by Philip Galanes is the one book you need to help guide you through some of life's toughest social challenges! It's smart, funny, and incredibly practical." --Peter Walsh, "New York Times "bestselling author of "Lighten Up "and "It's All Too Much"
"Philip knows his way around an awkward situation--but enough about us!" --Kathie Lee & Hoda
"I love Philip Galanes' "New York Times" column! And the book is a must! "Social Q's "is a beacon of light in the foggy haze of today's world." --Jessica Seinfeld
"Consider SOCIAL Q's your funny, wise and indispensable guide for honing, improving and finessing YOU--your own special creation!"--George Wayne, contributing editor, "Vanity Fair"
"Zesty, zingy, zippy, zany. Everything I want to say about the funny and very talented Philip Galanes starts with the letter z. He and SOCIAL Q'S are truly zonderful."--Henry Alford, humorist and author of "How to Live: A Search for Wisdom from Old People (While They Are Still On This Earth)"
"Life in the 21st century is one rude awakening after another. But now we have Philip Galanes' SOCIAL Q'S to the rescue--very smart, very funny advice for sidestepping any etiquette A-bomb."--Kendall Farr, author of "The Pocket Stylist" and "Style Evolution"
"Philip Galanes has made a name for himself as a weekly columnist doling out important advice on social etiquette and now has collected all this wisdom in one terrific book called "Social Q's". But all this leaves me to wonder what an expert on social etiquette was thinking when he asked a busy woman in the throes of redecorating her apartment to take valuable time away from her rabbit to write a book blurb?"--Amy Sedaris
About the Author
Philip Galanes is the author of “Social Q’s,” the advice column published weekly in the Sunday Styles section of The New York Times. Philip is also an entertainment lawyer and novelist. He was born and raised in New England, and graduated from Yale College and Yale Law School. He occasionally sidelines as an interior designer, and his projects have been published in Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, New York magazine, and The New York Times. Visit him at PhilipGalanes.com.
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Modern times call for modern questions. "I have a crush on my friend's boyfriend, Johnny. I texted Johnny some nude photos of myself and now he wants to take me out and friend me on Facebook. Should I tell my friend or just go on the pill and go out with Johnny?"
I made up these questions as I'm not sure it's technically legal to quote directly from a book in a review but you get the idea. The answer, too, is my own. "Social Q's"answer could be completely different, which is why he writes the column and I am simply reviewing his book.
"The pill sounds like a plan, regardless. If Johnny has kept the photos to himself rather than posting them online and emailing them to all of his friends, that could be good news. If he has posted the photos online, it's possible that the cat is out of the bag and your friend will already suspect that something is up with you and Johnny. If your friend has seen the photos and knows they were posted by Johnny, it's likely that she has booted him to the curb already and your coast is clear. Of course, you have burned your bridges with your friend and Johnny may not be in it for the long term."
Many of the questions in this quirky, funny book are about neighbors, roommates, Facebook friends, watercooler dilemmas and, of course, romance. One of the chapters I found so intriguing was the number of questions concerning hurt feelings, resentments, etc., about money, gifts and thank you notes.
This book is not only fun, it will make you think about the wise counsel of the author.
His responses to a wide and wild variety of quandaries are informative, educational, AND entertaining. He strikes the perfect tone -- humane, direct and nonjudgmental - while at the same time not letting questioners off the hook for the misguided assumptions they try to paper over. And so funny, sympathetic, kind and entertaining! How does he do it? That's one of the mysteries of good writing.
This book had me laughing out loud - for example, at his admittedly pseudoscientific methodology for deciding whether to walk away from a touchy matter or deal with it. Just don't read it at bedtime - too much laughter can be energizing.