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Would It Kill You to Stop Doing That by Henry Alford
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Apr 14, 12

bookshelves: autobio-memoir, read-in-2012
Read in March, 2012

if you're looking for a "guide to modern manners"--which i interpreted as being an etiquette book--keep looking. in no way can this pass as an etiquette book of a guide to modern manners. instead, it's a david sedaris-esque memoir loosely themed around the topic of etiquette & manners. it was far from unpleasant; it's just not what i expected.

my boyfriend said the other day that the trick to writing book reviews in the historical tradition is to review the book the author did write, rather than the book you wanted them to write. so i will say that i was pretty confused when i dug into this book & it was just a bunch of goofy stories about the author's world travels & a game he likes to play called "touch the waiter" (exactly what it sounds like--very impolite). it was fun, it was light-hearted, it was perhaps even a bit insubstantial, like he'd been offered a contract before he knew if he really wanted to write a book. if you're after a clever collection of personal essays, there are better books out there, but if you've exhausted the library's shelves of david sedaris & sloane crosley, this will do in a pinch. probably a great airplane book.
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