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Urban Etiquette: Marvelous Manners for the Modern Metropolis Paperback – June 1, 2004
Meet the personification of today's new etiquette: Mr. Social Grace -- weekly advice columnist in print, radio and online -- as he reveals the basics of good manners for everyday urban life. Unlike yesterday's etiquette advisors (like your Great Aunt Vivian) Social Grace isn't here to beat you about the head and neck with self-righteous disapproval. Instead, he offers a new interpretation of good manners that can serve as a powerful tool to help twenty-first century people get along better. Presented in answers to real-life quandaries is Social Grace's philosophy of etiquette. It's not about snobbish correctness, but courtesy and common sense.With the help of this fun and lively little book, you'll be able to move confidently through any situation. You'll even be able to deal effectively with the rudeness of others, and, where kindness fails in the face of boorish behavior, to wield the powerful weapon of "applied rudeness" yourself.With gentle humor and encouragement, Social Grace promotes etiquette's critical role in a multi-cultural, democratic society -- to guarantee that everyone is able and knows how to participate fully in society.
From the Author
I dedicate this book to the worlds courteous strangers -- the people who are polite and kind, even to people they do not know, and even when they perhaps need not be. Each day, at least one of you affirms my faith in humanity.
Top customer reviews
This book addresses some topics in gay and transgender etiquette, but it seemed a bit waffly as a guide and so Hetero here from Bigoted Podunk County is still not etiquette savvy after reading. It is not at all adequately sensitive, creative, or aware regarding people with food politics and food sensitivities, but, it does bravely try to navigate that minefield.
Mostly, it's lighter advice. It's so well written that it's fun to read and there are some laugh-out-loud spots, but I think the author is really conveying his heavier points in a fun and approachable way, showing how truly important and powerful it is, how we treat each other "out there."
I would recommend this book to anyone and I have alreayd bought two more for house warming gifts. You will get a chuckle from the book and it will open your eyes what not to do in public.
Well done, Social Grace, I can't wait to see what your next project will be.