Phayvanh's Reviews > How to Do Things Right: The Revelations of a Fussy Man : Three Incomparable Books of Wit, Charm, and Wisdom Finally Available in One Volume

How to Do Things Right by Lawrence Rust Hills
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If the middle book (How to Retire at 41, or Life Among the Routines and Pursuits and Other Problems) of this set was excluded, it likely would have gotten 4 stars.

This is my kind of book and Rust Hills is my kind of man, connesseur (sp?) of the little things ("How to Make and Eat Milk Toast") and the big things ("How to Develop 'Principles' When You Have None"). Insightful ("it's probably hard to find a sin that doesn't have a certain amount of tradition behind it, and then if there is, it wouldn't be worth perpetuating at all") and overbearing--see "How to Host a Dinner Party" with no less than 7 diagrams.

Mr. Hills would give Miss Manners a chuckle, which she would do while making as if to cough into her hankie, while he directed the dinner conversation elsewhere so she wouldn't suffer the scrutiny. Because, of course, these people are fussy and excruciatingly polite. How I'd like to be at the cocktail party those two give.

If you ever feel that "Everybody does everything wrong nowadays," this book will vindicate you and your surperiority.
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