Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck

Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck

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Combining science with humor, this in-your-face modern guide to manners for regular people provides a new set of rules for our 21st century lives that show us how to avoid being rude and stand up to those who are. Original. 50,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave

"Miss Manners with Fangs." —LA Weekly
We live in a world that's very different from the one in which Emily Post came of age. Many of us who are nice (but who also sometimes say "f*ck") are frequently at a loss for guidelines about how to be a good person who deals effectively with the increasing onslaught of rudeness we all encounter.
To lead us out of the miasma of modern mannerlessness, science-based and bitingly funny syndicated advice columnist Amy Alkon rips the doily off the manners genre and gives us a new set of rules for our twenty-first century lives.
With wit, style, and a dash of snark, Alkon explains that we now live in societies too big for our brains, lacking the constraints on bad behavior that we had in the small bands we evolved in. Alkon shows us how we can reimpose those constraints, how we can avoid being one of the rude, and how to stand up to those who are.
Foregoing prissy advice on which utensil to use, Alkon answers the twenty-first century's most burning questions about manners, including:

* Why do many people, especially those under forty, now find spontaneous phone calls rude?
* What can you tape to your mailbox to stop dog walkers from letting their pooch violate your lawn?
* How do you shut up the guy in the pharmacy line with his cellphone on speaker?
* What small gift to your new neighbors might make them think twice about playing Metallica at 3 a.m.?
Combining science with more than a touch of humor, Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck is destined to give good old Emily a shove off the etiquette shelf (if that's not too rude to say).



Macmillan School

"Miss Manners with Fangs." --LA Weekly


We live in a world that's very different from the one in which Emily Post came of age. Many of us who are nice (but who also sometimes say "f*ck") are frequently at a loss for guidelines about how to be a good person who deals effectively with the increasing onslaught of rudeness we all encounter.


To lead us out of the miasma of modern mannerlessness, science-based and bitingly funny syndicated advice columnist Amy Alkon rips the doily off the manners genre and gives us a new set of rules for our twenty-first century lives.


With wit, style, and a dash of snark, Alkon explains that we now live in societies too big for our brains, lacking the constraints on bad behavior that we had in the small bands we evolved in. Alkon shows us how we can reimpose those constraints, how we can avoid being one of the rude, and how to stand up to those who are.


Foregoing prissy advice on which utensil to use, Alkon answers the twenty-first century's most burning questions about manners, including:



* Why do many people, especially those under forty, now find spontaneous phone calls rude?


* What can you tape to your mailbox to stop dog walkers from letting their pooch violate your lawn?


* How do you shut up the guy in the pharmacy line with his cellphone on speaker?


* What small gift to your new neighbors might make them think twice about playing Metallica at 3 a.m.?


Combining science with more than a touch of humor, Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck is destined to give good old Emily a shove off the etiquette shelf (if that's not too rude to say).



Publisher: New York : St. Martins Griffin, 2014
New York : St. Martins Griffin, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250030726
9781250030719
1250030714
Branch Call Number: 395 ALK
Characteristics: x, 289 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

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BookBellinghamster
Oct 15, 2016

Alkon's writing is witty and casual, and I found myself chuckling at times. However, she has a lot of conflicting messages in this book and it was hard for me to overcome that. That being said, it was not as insightful as I hoped it would be.

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JudithE
Nov 14, 2015

I deliberately kept this book for a late week, and will pay a fine for the privilege. I liked it. She talks about etiquette in the days of cell phones and crowded subways and planes, and I loved it. I also saw my own perception of the rudeness of unplanned phone calls vindicated. Her last chapter, on happiness, was really good - a brief and accurate summary of what makes us truly happy, with examples of how to put the ideas into practice.

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