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The Resource Would it kill you to stop doing that? : a modern guide to manners, Henry Alford

Would it kill you to stop doing that? : a modern guide to manners, Henry Alford

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Would it kill you to stop doing that? : a modern guide to manners
Title
Would it kill you to stop doing that?
Title remainder
a modern guide to manners
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Henry Alford
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Language
eng
Summary
"We all know bad manners when we see them," the author observes at the beginning of his new book. But what, he asks, do good manners look like in our day and age? When someone answers their cell phone in the middle of dining with you, or runs you off the sidewalk with their doublewide stroller, or you enter a post apocalyptic public restroom, the long-revered wisdom of Emily Post can seem downright prehistoric. Troubled by the absence of good manners in his day to day life, by the people who clip their toenails on the subway or give three letter replies to one's laboriously crafted missives, he embarks on a journey to find out how things might look if people were on their best behavior a tad more often. He travels to Japan (the "Fort Knox Reserve" of good manners) to observe its culture of collective politesse. He interviews etiquette experts both likely (Judith Martin, Tim Gunn) and unlikely (a former prisoner, an army sergeant). He plays a game called Touch the Waiter. And he volunteers himself as a tour guide to foreigners visiting New York City in order to do ground level reconnaissance on cultural manners divides. Along the way he also finds time to teach Miss Manners how to steal a cab; designates the World's Most Annoying Bride; and tosses his own hat into the ring, volunteering as an online etiquette coach. Ultimately, by tackling the etiquette questions specific to our age, such as Why shouldn't you ask a cab driver where's he's from?, Why is posting baby pictures on Facebook a fraught activity? and What is the problem with "No problem"? He finds a way into a subject that has sometimes been seen as pedantic or elitist. And in this way, he looks past the standard "dos" and "don'ts" of good form to present an illuminating, seriously entertaining book about grace and civility, and how we can simply treat each other better. This is a laugh out loud guide to modern manners. -- Provided by the publisher
Summary
"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
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10157657
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
395.02/07
Index
index present
LC call number
BJ1853
LC item number
.A39 2012
Literary form
non fiction
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True
Target audience
adult
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a modern guide to manners
Label
Would it kill you to stop doing that? : a modern guide to manners, Henry Alford
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Publication
Note
Includes index
Control code
5542347
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
242 p.
Isbn
9780446557665
Lccn
2011036113
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn707965043
  • (OCoLC)707965043
Label
Would it kill you to stop doing that? : a modern guide to manners, Henry Alford
Publication
Note
Includes index
Control code
5542347
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
242 p.
Isbn
9780446557665
Lccn
2011036113
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn707965043
  • (OCoLC)707965043

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