Town & Country Social Graces: Words of Wisdom on Civility in a Changing Society

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For more than 150 years, Town & Country has stood for quality and refinement. So who better to offer sound guidance on leading a civilized life in a world of eroding social graces? Here, 50 of the keenest and wittiest observers of our changing culture put forward their incisive—and thoroughly modern—views on sidestepping today’s most prevalent, perilous social landmines. From such topics as cell phone and e-mail etiquette to guilt-free apologies, these 64 timely essays offer astuteness without stuffiness. ...
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Overview

For more than 150 years, Town & Country has stood for quality and refinement. So who better to offer sound guidance on leading a civilized life in a world of eroding social graces? Here, 50 of the keenest and wittiest observers of our changing culture put forward their incisive—and thoroughly modern—views on sidestepping today’s most prevalent, perilous social landmines. From such topics as cell phone and e-mail etiquette to guilt-free apologies, these 64 timely essays offer astuteness without stuffiness. Relish the humor and insights of such writers as Jonathan Alter, Anthony Bourdain, Jay McInerney, Sue Miller, Peggy Noonan, Cokie Roberts, Jane Smiley, Wendy Wasserstein, and many others. The 10 new contributions include: “Polite or Passé,” by William Zinsser; “To Make a Long Story Short,” by Patricia Marx; and “Thanks for the Compliments,” by Jeanne Wolf.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588167248
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/6/2008
  • Series: Social Graces Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction   Pamela Fiori     10
Modern Times
Privacy ... or What's Left of It   Jay McInerney     14
On Accountability   Ron Powers     18
Play Fair   Heywood Hale Broun     22
The Etiquette of E-Mail   Owen Edwards     26
The Sound and My Fury   William Norwich     30
Rekindling the Holiday Spirit   Sally Quinn     34
Smugly American   Andrew Nagorski     38
The Right of Way   Owen Edwards     43
Wholier Than Thou   Anne Taylor Fleming     47
Little Things Mean a Lot
On Being a Gentleman   David Brown     54
Don't Forget the Flowers   Cokie Roberts   Steven V. Roberts     58
Dressing for Dinner   John Mariani     62
Respecting Our Elders   Anne Taylor Fleming     66
Say "Thank You"   Catherine Calvert     69
Leading Man   Peggy Noonan     74
Family Affairs
Keeping It in the Family   Sue Miller     80
Nagging Habits   Susan Dundon     84
A Single Parent's Say   Veronique Vienne     88
Missing the Point   Patricia Beard     92
Grand (Parent) Expectations   Anne Bernays     96
With All Due Respect   Stacey Okun     100
Whose Wedding Is It, Anyway?   Susan Dundon     105
A Good Man is Hard to Raise   Stacey Okun     110
A Word's Worth
Curses!   Jonathan Alter     118
Put It in Writing   Helen Gurley Brown     123
What's in a Name?   Deirdre McNamer     127
Just Say You're Sorry   Deborah Tannen     131
When Money Squawks   David Brooks     135
In Memoriam   Jim Brosseau     139
Hidden Meanings   Stephen Young     143
Honor Thy Neighbor
Rules for Renovation   Stephen Henderson     150
The Boor of the Grease Paint   Wendy Wasserstein     154
When the Tail Wags the Dog   Marshall de Bruhl     158
Cellular Phonies   Pearson Marx     162
What's So Good About Gossip?   Molly Haskell     166
Don't Waste Time   Craig Wilson     170
A Touch of Tolerance
Spiritually Speaking    Stephen Henderson     176
Sobering Thoughts   Debbie Seaman     180
Political Stomping   Peggy Noonan     184
The Measure of a Woman   Veronique Vienne     188
Straight from the Heart   Lauren Picker     192
Fish Out of Water   Charles Dubow     197
Widow's Pique   Charlotte Y. Salisbury     202
Life of the Party
Speak Easy   Diana McLellan     208
Don't Forget the Punch Line   David Brown     213
Utterly Shameless   Letitia Baldrige     217
Jetiquette   Lyle Crowley     221
Long Live the Gracious Host   Nancy Tuckerman     225
Please Don't Interrupt   Barbara Howar     230
When Bad Things Happen to Good Guests   Francine Maroukian     234
To Make a Long Story Short   Patricia Marx     239
They Also Serve
Give Me the Civil Life   Anne Taylor Fleming     246
A View from the Fridge   Anthony Bourdain     250
Some Holiday Tips   Francine Maroukian     254
More Than Just the Nanny   Janet Carlson Freed      258
The Forgotten Groom   Charles Dubow     262
Grape Expectations   John Mariani     266
One Hundred and One Donations   Stephen Henderson     271
What Grace Does
Something in the Way She Moves   Owen Edwards     278
There Is Nothing Like a Dane   Jane Smiley     281
When Daddy Was King   Frank Langella     285
Invisible Grace   Owen Edwards     289
Thanks for the Compliments   Jeanne Wolf     293
Your Attention, Please!   Frank McCourt     298
Index     302
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