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Alkon not only tells readers what good manners are but also provides useful suggestions for politely calling offenders attention to their rudeness. And she does this in a ferociously funny style--it s worth a read for the laughs alone. There is nothing here of the proper arrangement of table setting, nor of how to address a letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury; rather Alkon deals with modern problems in interpersonal relationships, such as how civilized people should act when standing in lines, on airplanes, online, and elsewhere. In addition, she officers very dependable, sensible, caring advice to those whose friends or family are coping with terminal illness. VERDICT: Solid psychology and a wealth of helpful knowledge and rapier wit fill these pages. Highly recommended. "Library Journal (starred review)""" 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. Dr. Adam Grant, Wharton School professor and New York Times-bestselling author of Give and Take I can say without reservation that "Good Manners For Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck" is hilarious, consistently entertaining, and, above all, wise. It's Emily Post as a beach read. "Charlotte Allen, The Weekly Standard" She is chatty, at times outrageous, but full of ideas about living politely in a society that she says has become too big for our brains to handle. As for Oscar Wilde, at the end of his life is said to have commented: The world was my oyster, but I used the wrong fork.' "Moira Hodgson, The Wall Street Journal" 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. Dr. Jesse Bering, Associate Professor of Science Communication and author of Perv Contradiction is part of what makes Ms. Alkon so captivating. Perhaps the biggest contradiction: The hisser can also be utterly lovely. "Brooks Barnes, The New York Times" Although the subject matter should be enough to hold your attention, it is primarily Amy's ability to turn a phrase that makes the book such a good ride. Her section headings (e.g., 'Dating is War, ' 'Murder-Suicide and Other Forms of Diplomacy, ' 'The Tragedy of the Asshole in the Commons') make it impossible to put the book down and get back to work without reading "just one more" section. I highly recommend this book. Dr. Frank McAndrew, Evolutionary Psychology journal In this comprehensive, science-based, easy-to-read, and hilarious book, Alkon looks at where our rudeness comes from and provides tangible ways for all of us to deal with it. "Dr. Jennifer Verdolin, Psychology Today" One of '11 Smart Books You Should Read This Summer' Sam McNerney, This crazy redhead is on to something. Her pink Rambler story alone is worth the price of the book. Elmore Leonard on I See Rude People Amy Alkon is intellectually promiscuous and funny as hell. Howard Bloom, paleopsychologist and author of The Lucifer Principle on I See Rude People 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 on I See Rude People" 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, ' but she is perhaps better characterized as the offspring of Charles Darwin and Dorothy Parker. We academics can all take a lesson from her ability to redefine academic turf in terms 'the ordinary person' can both understand and enjoy. Dr. Barbara Oakley, Oakland University on Amy Alkon"


"Miss Manners with Fangs." —LA Weekly
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 increasing onslaught of rudeness we all encounter.
To lead us out of the miasma of modern mannerlessness, science-based and bitingly funny syndicated advice columnist Amy Alkon rips the doily off the manners genre and gives us a new set of rules for our twenty-first century lives.
With wit, style, and a dash of snark, Alkon explains that we now live in societies too big for our brains, lacking the constraints on bad behavior that we had in the small bands we evolved in. Alkon shows us how we can reimpose those constraints, how we can avoid being one of the rude, and how to stand up to those who are.
Foregoing prissy advice on which utensil to use, Alkon answers the twenty-first century's most burning questions about manners, including:

* Why do many people, especially those under forty, now find spontaneous phone calls rude?
* What can you tape to your mailbox to stop dog walkers from letting their pooch violate your lawn?
* How do you shut up the guy in the pharmacy line with his cellphone on speaker?
* What small gift to your new neighbors might make them think twice about playing Metallica at 3 a.m.?
Combining science with more than a touch of humor, 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).


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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 304 Seiten
  • Verlag: St. Martin's Griffin (3. Juni 2014)
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HASH(0x9b3b7db0) von 5 Sternen Good information for a world of better people 14. August 2014
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I doubt anyone is expecting a standard guide to etiquette when they see a title like this and they'd be right. But this makes so much more sense as a guide to etiquette in the connected world. This book is just groaning with good advice livened by both Amy's personal anecdotes and her research into the psychological background of the personal interactions of modern life.
She will use a charmingly old-fashioned word like "masher" in reference to a possible Facebook creep and then use a wonderfully modern 'mot juste' like "moochspam" in reference to people trying to hit up their entire contact list for some crowd funding project. The book is laid out in highly digestible bites but is also engaging and amusing enough to reward deep draughts as well (to mix a consuming metaphor).
This a book for anyone and everyone. Those [people who say "f*ck" all the time and those who never do. Reading this book will make you a better person and since I have to live in a world with you, I tell you: buy this book!
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HASH(0x9b3c11a4) von 5 Sternen Smart, funny, interesting on every page 2. August 2014
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I thought this book was terrific. It's really much more than a manners book. It was almost like a guide to better living. You just feel like you know how to be a slightly better person when you finish each section. The premise that we're being rude because humans have spent most of our history in tribes of 150 people and our brains aren't accustomed to huge cities rang totally true to me.

And I laughed on almost every page. On random friends who hit you up for money on Kickstarter: "He contacted me to ask me to pay into his Kickstarter fund to finance the distribution of some indie film he’d made. My response: “I would like to get a new pair of boots. Please send me $200 via PayPal.”

On talking with the person next to you on a plane: "Even when a seatmate seems open to chatting, you should look for signs suggesting his openness has closed, such as fidgeting or a little trickle of blood coming from his ear."

I'd post a bunch more but Amazon is being a real prude about curse words!

Great read, great science, full of life tips that are actually interesting, and funny throughout. I also think it would make a fun, cheeky gift to give a friend who's a bit of an a-hole...I have several in mind...
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HASH(0x9b3bf750) von 5 Sternen Read this book if you want to enhance your every day life and interactions. 25. Juli 2014
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After reading Advice Goddess in my local paper and noticing the author's email address, I took the liberty of telling the author how hilarious her advice was. Amy Alkon has an ability to say what is on her mind in such a way that the reader sees the world in a whole new way. She has an educated understanding of psychology and technology coupled with a warm embrace of humanity.

After buying "Good Manners" which I thoroughly enjoyed from cover to cover, I realized that the behavior of certain people upsets each one of us but the majority of us just walk away. As an activist for preventing further actions that cause misery to others, Amy differentiates from most people. She is a champion in this regard and takes action. We need more people in the world to step up to the plate and say or do something when slighted or offended.
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HASH(0x9b3cc390) von 5 Sternen a good, fun read... and how often can that be said of a book with "manners" in the title? 4. Juni 2014
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This is not your grandmother's manners book! Comparing it to any book with a section on addressing wedding invitations would be a mistake. This book is about how to not end up in a viral video for being a jerk. It deals with etiquette issues that desperately need addressing (e.g. how to not be a cellphone boor) as well as the question of why people seem ruder than ever... and what we can do about it. Perhaps most importantly, it doesn't simply chirp to "set a good example" but is empowering in that explains how we can influence others to behave better, without being a jerk about it, of course.

...And it's funny too.

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HASH(0x9b3cc528) von 5 Sternen I like that the author went out of their way to ... 14. November 2015
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I was really excited about this book primarily because of the title and the fact that a friend of mine at the time raved about it. I picked it up expecting it to be a more modern and comprehensive guide to etiquette and manners without the stuffiness of old materials. Unfortunately that was not what I actually found within the pages.

The book started off well enough. It was well sourced, and a lot of the material appears to be backed up with some interesting psychology, biology, and other information well rooted in scientific study and understanding. I like that the author went out of their way to actually explain the ideology behind their conclusions.

Ultimately, though, I had so many problems with it that I DNF’d the book after only a few chapters, then skim read the rest of it.

The first reason was because. truth be told, at a base level the material was the same rehashed advice that I’ve read in a thousand columns online. There was nothing genuinely unique, riveting, or particularly useful about the book- and much of the information was basic things I already practice in day to day life. In reality I would really consider it more of a guide on common / human decency- which, while it has to do with manners, is not really the same thing at all.

My largest problem, however, is that the author is highly inconsistent in her advice throughout the course of the book. In many areas she flat out gives the reader terrible advice- most of which would have even modern manner and etiquette masters rolling in their graves. Some of the advice especially comes from a place which is outright entitled and even perpetuates victim blaming and shaming. Other advice is downright reprehensible, even for someone who “sometimes says F*ck”.

Overall I generally found her attitude more condescending and superior, and I didn’t appreciate the “humor” she attempted to interject into more than a few areas.
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