Town & Country Modern Manners: The Thinking Person's Guide to Social Graces

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Thomas P. Farley
Hearst Books, 2005 - Reference - 256 pages
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As a follow up to the extremely successful Town & Country's Social Graces comes this new collection of essays by some of our most celebrated writers, exploring the need for manners in today's hectic world. Such keen observers as David Brown, Hugh Downs, Frank McCourt, and Peggy Noonan offer their witty and incisive views on how to avoid offending others.

Town & Country magazine has been synonymous with good taste and refinement for more than a century. So who better to comment on the need for manners in a time of constant cell phone chatter, non-step competition, hair-trigger-tempers, and fast-paced lifestyles? Both humorous and insightful, this sparkling collection of essays reflects on the pressing need for kindness, consideration, and civilized behavior. And the list of contributors is stellar: David Brown makes a persuasive plea for civility; Jamie Lee Curtis talks about "Having Dinner with the Family"; Sonya Friedman reflects on motherhood; Charles Osgood comments on everyday courtesies; and Ted Sorenson discusses "Patriotic Pride." With topics that range from the art of listening to good elevator etiquette, these eloquent pieces offer advice worth following.
  

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Modern Manners : The Thinking Person's Guide to Social Graces (Social Graces)

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Does the world need yet another book on contemporary etiquette? If it's this classy volume of engaging essays edited by Farley, Town & Country senior editor and overseer of the magazine's "Social ... Read full review

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45 articles contributed from various authors in regard to the subject of social manners. Interesting yet a little redundant at times. Read full review

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Contents

Introduction by Pamela Fiori
11
Win Some Lose Some by Charles Osgood
21
Peaceful Coexistence
32
Dont Do This in Public by Patricia Volk
41
The Genuine Article
52
Presume Nothing by Jim Brosseau
61
Marriage Matters
73
Matrimonial Manners by Stacey Okun
79
Its Grand and Great by Hugh Downs
132
CHAPTER VIM Home Is Where the Heart
138
In the Company of Friends by Karen Duffy
144
Holiday Cheer
154
Thank You for Not Sharing by Andy Borowitz
163
Speaking Presidential Witty words from the White House
176
Patriotic Pride by Ted Sorensen
185
Fighting Words by Geoffrey Nunberg
195

To Love and to Cherish? by Janet Carlson Freed
90
So What Do You Expect? by Jill Kargman
102
How to Treat Your Nanny by Janet Carlson Freed
110
You Must Be Kidding
122
September 11 2001
206
What Ive Learned by Peggy Noonan
216
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