Would It Kill You to Stop Doing That?

Would It Kill You to Stop Doing That?

A Modern Guide to Manners

Book - 2012
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"We all know bad manners when we see them," author Henry Alford observes. But what do good manners look like in our day and age? When someone answers their cell phone in the middle of dining with you, or you enter a post-apocalyptic public restroom, the long-revered wisdom of Emily Post can seem downright prehistoric. So Alford studies how things might look if people were on their best behavior more often. He travels to Japan to observe its collective politesse. He interviews etiquette experts likely (Judith Martin, Tim Gunn) and unlikely (a former prisoner, an army sergeant). He volunteers as a tour guide to foreigners visiting New York City in order to study cultural divides. He also finds time to teach Miss Manners how to steal a cab, and designates the World's Most Annoying Bride. Ultimately, by tackling etiquette questions of our age, he presents a seriously entertaining book about grace, civility, and how we can simply treat each other better.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Twelve, 2012.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780446557665
0446557668
Branch Call Number: 395.0207 ALF
Characteristics: 242 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Modern guide to manners

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mswendybe
Jun 16, 2012

Not exactly the modern guide to manners that I was expecting, but I was pleasantly surprised by the humor in this book. More anecdotal than how-to.

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ClaireM_W
May 30, 2012

Lest chat and more punchy lists would be more fun.

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hgibbins
Mar 20, 2012

Not quite what I had expected, in fact for the most part it was a rather big waste of time to read. The book did give brief overviews of how manners have changed in the "modern era" with regard to the internet, e-mail, etc. but for the most part these weren't all that stunning.

tootsierollpop Jan 26, 2012

Most of this book about manners in modern society is clever, especially when he is delineating the things that he finds irritating. It was good to see that someone else has similar opinions ti mine about the behavior of ppl.

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