The Art of the Visit: Being the Perfect Host/Becoming the Perfect Guest

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The Art of the Visit is an invaluable resource for the socially minded. During tough economic periods people tend to visit with family and friends for a mini-vacation instead of taking more expensive trips. This practical and humorous guide establishes the ground rules for successfully spending time with those people who are most dear to us. Full of anecdotes from the author?s experiences, The Art of the Visit illustrates the dos and don?ts of extended visiting from start to finish so that the reader can become ...
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Overview


The Art of the Visit is an invaluable resource for the socially minded. During tough economic periods people tend to visit with family and friends for a mini-vacation instead of taking more expensive trips. This practical and humorous guide establishes the ground rules for successfully spending time with those people who are most dear to us. Full of anecdotes from the author’s experiences, The Art of the Visit illustrates the dos and don’ts of extended visiting from start to finish so that the reader can become the perfect host and/or the perfect guest.
 
 
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Most of us don't need hilarious episodes of Modern Family to realize that mini-vacations with family and friends can begin as delights and end as disasters. Kathy Bertone's The Art of the Visit is crafted to help hosts and guests adjust to all the aspects of sharing an abode. By setting ground rules and describing expectations, this gentle mentor can make return visits welcome events. A hospitable guide to hospitality—on both ends.

Denise Duarte

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Henry Alford, author of Would It Kill You to Stop Doing That?: A Modern Guide to Manners
"Kathy Bertone leaves no stone unturned in this comprehensive and witty guide to the art of visiting. I'd host or visit her any day."

Karna Small Bodman, Bestselling Author of the International Thriller, Castle Bravo
"Move over Emily, Heloise, Abby, and Miss Manners, Kathy Bertone’s The Art of the Visit says it all: A terrific guide for hosts and guests of every age. You may laugh or cry, but you will learn in every chapter . . . an indispensable book for all of us."

Karen Harper, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author ofReturn to Grace
"Kathy Bertone’s The Art of the Visit is chock-full of common sense advice presented in a delightful—serious yet humorous—way. It covers all the bases and presents some fresh suggestions I've never thought of. Whether you are host or guest, you will find this book as special and warm as an open door. And The Art of the Visit makes a lovely gift."

About.com – Entertaining Guide
“Bertone is always warm and her advice comes from a good place of wanting to help make visits easy and enjoyable for both host and guest.”

Stephanie Klose,
Library Journal
"Anyone who has had a houseguest overstay their welcome or wondered how to ask their host to accommodate a dietary restriction without giving offense or being a burden will welcome Bertone’s book. Not a traditional etiquette manual—no talk of finger bowls or which fork to use here!—this is a straightforward guide to cultivating and maintaining relationships with friends and family in your home or theirs. Bertone explains how to ask the right questions before your guests arrive, manage your own and their expectations, and choose the right host(ess) gift, regardless of the length of your stay. A chapter on hosting and visiting with pets will be especially useful for many people. VERDICT: A helpful and unique book, this answers many common questions and will help both hosts and guests relax and enjoy each other’s company."

Library Journal
Anyone who has had a houseguest overstay their welcome or wondered how to ask their host to accommodate a dietary restriction without giving offense or being a burden will welcome Bertone's book. Not a traditional etiquette manual—no talk of finger bowls or which fork to use here!—this is a straightforward guide to cultivating and maintaining relationships with friends and family in your home or theirs. Bertone explains how to ask the right questions before your guests arrive, manage your own and their expectations, and choose the right host(ess) gift, regardless of the length of your stay. A chapter on hosting and visiting with pets will be especially useful for many people. VERDICT A helpful and unique book, this answers many common questions and will help both hosts and guests relax and enjoy each other's company.—Stephanie Klose, Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762443956
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/15/2012
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 517,633
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Kathy Bertone is the co-founder and managing partner of a merger and acquisition firm located outside Washington, DC. She lives in Naples, FL. Please visit her at theartofthevisit.com.
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