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I Try To Behave Myself: Peg Bracken's Etiquette Book Mass Market Paperback – 1966

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett Crest; First Thus edition (1966)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000ER4BZE
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,401,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Most people reading this review have probably read the late Peg Bracken's I HATE TO COOK BOOK (1960) or any of its many cooking sequels. Those of us who fell in love with her quick but genial wit (On leftovers: "This is a way to re-present last Sunday's roast until the roast disappears or Daddy does") can also expect to be charmed by I TRY TO BEHAVE MYSELF, Bracken's one and only etiquette guide, from 1965. You'll find no recipes here except for one simple but fun punch for a crowd. Specific topics, at nearly fifty years' remove, are not always current (how to addres a woman in the days before "Ms"; casual invitations for a daytime house party), but Bracken's -- dare I say it? -- legendary wit still entertains, and her grounding in the fundamentals of "good behavior" such as a sense of fair play and the need for the hostess (or host) to put her/himself in the shoes of visitors and guests, would certainly bring nods of approval from today's etiquette mavens. I wouldn't consider assigning this book for 21st-Century instructees, but as a curl-up-and-read pleasure from an earlier time that was not always so "simple" as supposed today, it is more than fun. Expect mass-market paperbacks in good clean condition to run considerably more than the seventy-five cents my version fetched so long ago.

Those with a taste for well-written etiquette and protocol from a not-yet-vanished time might also want to check out the late Marjabelle Young Stewart's books, such as White Gloves and Party Manners for girls,
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I am a big fan of the I Hate to Cook Book, having read a friend's dog-eared family copy over and over as a student. I subsequently obtained my own copy, and then years later started looking for other Bracken books. The advice is sage for its time, and much of it is still valid today. Not as much of a novelty as the I Hate to Cook Book, simply because her crisp humor is not entirely new for me anymore. The illustrations are, as to be expected, perfectly suited to the writing. Worth buying if you can find a used copy, as I did.
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I LOVED I TRY TO BEHAVE MYSELF IF PEG CAN BEHAVE HERSELF I CAN TOO. ONE OF THE TRUE CLASSICS IN COMIC WRITTING. A MUST READ FOR EVRERYONE WHO LOVES TO READ AND LAUGH. BUY IT READ IT. YOU'LL LOVE IT.
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