Author(s): Amy Alkon
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 onslaught of rudeness we all encounter. To lead us through this miasma of modern manners, syndicated columnist Amy Alkon - The Advice Goddess - gives us a new set of manners for our 21st century lives. In chapters titled "The Telephone", "The Internet", "The Apology" and "Communicating", among others, Alkon maps out new rules that go beyond what fork to use to answer real questions we all have: When is it okay to phone somebody instead of emailing or texting? When is it rude? Why shouldn't you tweet about a guest at a private dinner party? Everybody knows privacy is dead, right? How do you shut the guy up in the pharmacy line with his cell phone on speaker? When is it right to approach somebody who's crying in public and when is it right to leave him alone? When should you un-friend somebody on Facebook and what do you say when she calls you on it? If you have an STD, when do you tell people, what do you say and do you have to contact everyone you've ever had sex with? Real advice for today with more than a touch of humour, 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).
"This book is a gem. Hysterically funny and grounded in science, Amy Alkon explains why so many people are rude and how it's possible to be courteous, even if you're foul-mouthed and clueless about etiquette."--Adam Grant, Wharton School professor and bestselling author ofã"Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success""If you're frequently left gasping by the jaw-dropping social ineptitude of your fellow human beings, or you're guilty of being a rude jackass yourself from time to time, this is the book for you. Alkon doesn't suffer fools lightly, but she also has the gentle wisdom to know that each of us plays the role of the fool sometimes. Armed with fascinating science, great humor, and a preternatural bullshit detector for a mind, she shoots from the hip - and you'll be damn glad she does, too."--Jesse Bering, Associate Professor of Science Communication and author ofã"Perv"Praise for "I See Rude People" "This crazy redhead is on to something. Her pink Rambler story alone is worth the price of the book."--Elmore Leonard "Amy Alkon is intellectually promiscuous--and funny as hell."--Howard Bloom, paleopsychologist and author of "The Lucifer Principle""Seriously great book. Alkon is smart and savvy and funny as hell. Where Hannibal the Cannibal only ate the rude, Alkon stands up to them with the sort of glorious panache that sometimes makes you want to stand and cheer."--David Middleton, "January Magazine"Praise for Amy Alkon: "Alkon turns reporting on findings in evolutionary psychology into an art form. She scans the research horizon for fascinating new results. Though relentless in her skepticism, she is keenly attuned to findings that are both solid and suggestive. (The world lost a great analyst when Alkon turned away from academic research.) In her hands, all this research turns into practical advice for how ordinary people can live better lives. Alkon may be, as the LA Weekly put it, 'Miss Manners With Fangs, ' bu
Amy Alkon writes "The Advice Goddess, " an award-winning, syndicated column that runs in more than one hundred newspapers across the United States and Canada. She is also the author of "I See Rude People." She has been on "Good Morning America, The Today Show, " NPR, CNN, MTV, and "Entertainment Tonight" and has a weekly radio show called "Advice Goddess Radio." She has also written for "Psychology Today, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Daily News "(New York), and "Pravda," among others. She lives in Venice, California.