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Preview — How to Be a Lady by Candace Simpson-Giles
How to Be a Lady: A Contemporary Guide to Common Courtesy (A Gentlemanners Book)
Whether a woman is a contractor, a stay-at-home mother, or a high-powered
attorney, the suggestions in How to Be a Lady will cause others to think
"Wow! She's got it all together!"
If a lady is on a diet, she does not speak of it at the table
A lady never eats a meal while behind the wheel of a car
A lady makes it a point to know the names of the teams playing in the
The book could easily be summed up into a single sentence on page 115:
“A lady knows that when faced with a question as to how to treat another person in any situation, she attempts to treat that person as s ...more
"A lady," says the author, "knows that beauty can fade and wealth can leave her, but her character is the lasting marker by ...more
Nevertheless, at points, of the pieces of advice were reppetitive and most of the book could be summarized as:
1. A lady should have common sense.
2. A lady should be gracious at every moment.
(A lady must know the SuperBowl teams playing? Really?)
The rhetor ...more
"When a guest behaves less than mannerly, a lady endures the actions of her guest, but she remembers those actions the next time she makes out her guest list."
(aka, a true lady knows how to embody the qualities of endurance and vengeance - with grace)
Well, what if I don't know? The book does not give any solid advice on how to act in certain, very formal situations but seems to assume the reader knows already. Further, the author repeats himself multiple times, giving the same piece of advice over and over again in the same wording. This book w ...more
I find several rules problematic. I think there are negative self messages as well as messages that are judgmental of the way others live their lives.