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

3.45 of 5 stars 3.45  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  6 reviews
"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 au...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Running Press Book Publishers (first published March 27th 2012)
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As someone who has had long term house guests for 6+ months over the past 2 years, I am always up for some pointers to keep me from losing my sanity. This book doesn't specifically cover the situation where you have the same guest(s) in your house for months on end, but there were some useful pointers. Maybe I am the only lucky person to have in-laws visit for loooong term visits. ;)

The book was not a fussy manners tome and was entertaining to read. Bertone had lots of tips on both how to be a g...more
Kathy Bertone
Nov 09, 2012 Kathy Bertone rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I must admit I am biased...I loved writing it. I hope you love reading it. It's goal is to make visits with the people who are most dear to us, our family and friends, the best they can possibly be - and stress-free! Happy visiting!
I received this book for free from the author through the Goodreads First Reads program.

First, the many positives. Kathy Bertone sent me the book with a sweet handwritten note, setting the warm-hearted tone for the book. As a typical Type A personality, her emphasis on grace and planning, planning, planning resonated well with me (although she does specifically recommend downtime for both hosts and guests to "recharge," which my introverted side appreciated very much). She is meticulous and pays...more
From my Cannonball Read V review ...

Another book I’m wrapping up – this one is only a month old, and was another purchase at Anthropologie. I cannot get out of there without buying a hard-cover etiquette or lifestyle book with fancy font and great colors on it. The clothing rarely fits, but the books so often do.

As the title suggests, this book is about things to keep in mind when you have houseguest and when you are a houseguest. I’ve actually not seen an etiquette book devoted solely to this t...more
I felt like most of the tips for being a good hostess were common sense. Although as a mother of young children I do think it would be presumptuous to email someone ahead of time and suggest that they completely child proof their house for me. If I had an allergy to pets, I also think it would be rude to ask someone to board their dogs while I was staying in their home. It is better to stay in a hotel. If the hosts ask how they can help, a few suggestions can be offered, but I certainly don't ex...more
I like how to books. I feel like a person can always learn something new in them, even though sometimes the information may be obvious. And yes, there was a fair bit of obvious information in this one, but there was also things I didn't think of before. Bertone's goal was to teach you how to go above and beyond as a host or a guest. Sometimes I could feel myself thinking whether or not all this advice was excessive. Much of it can easily be edited or watered down to suit the average person. Alth...more
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A Conversation with Kathy Bertone,

Q: What motivated you to write the book and why is it needed?

KB: We had three homes at once in some interesting places, and were always having friends and family coming to visit for weekends or over holidays. Some of those visits went really well, and some went really badly. I kept notes of what made the good ones good, and the bad on...more
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