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The Nice Girl's Guide to Good Behavior

3.36  ·  Rating Details ·  22 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
First published in 1935, this subversive tome purports to be a classic etiquette guide to good behavior for young women. Yet hidden beneath its civilized tone is a classic satire that provides a dubious blueprint for becoming the "right" sort of girl. From razor-sharp lessons in female one-up-manship ("I'm sure this would fit you. It's vast on me") to absurd dating ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published October 15th 2004 by Universe Publishing (first published 2004)
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Maggie V
Jun 20, 2012 Maggie V rated it it was ok
Although this book is supposed to be subversive, I didn't find it as amusing, snarky, or even interesting as I had thought when I picked it up. I'm reading from a modern perspective where I'm expecting less subtlety and less stereotyping. To me, the author was perpetuating catty, nasty women stereotypes instead of subverting them (again, my perspective may not be the right one for this book). To be fair, I skimmed the last half of the book, but from what I saw this didn't change. It felt like a ...more
Louise Culmer
this book purports to be a guide to good behaviour, but is actually the opposite, all advice given shows how to be as malicious, manipulative and greedy as possible. it gives advice on appropriate comments to make to your friends on every occasion, for example to a friend congratulating you on getting married: " thank you, Angela, i only wish we could manage to find someone for you." Advice about how to behave at social events, like the opera "Do not talk too loud while people are singing, for ...more
Margaret Hale
Jul 11, 2013 Margaret Hale rated it really liked it
Monica Redlich is a deliciously delightful bitch. A hilarious, fascinating read. Made me feel like I'd time travelled to 30s England as a naiveley, stuck-up "nice" young lady.
Crystal
Jul 21, 2016 Crystal rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I find books like this need to be either hilariously funny or tongue in cheek while still being useful, but this book wasn't quite either.

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