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Rude Bitches Make Me Tired: Slightly Profane and Entirely Logical Answers to Modern Etiquette Dilemmas

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  1,187 ratings  ·  181 reviews
In this always sensible and mildly profane etiquette manual for the modern age Celia Rivenbark addresses real-life quandaries ranging from how to deal with braggy playground moms to wondering if you can have sex in your aunt's bed on vacation to correctly grieving the dearly departed (hint: it doesn't include tattoos or truck decals). Rude Bitches Make Me Tired will provid ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published October 22nd 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

Rude Bitches Make Me Tired is columnist and author Celia Rivenbark's seventh book. Though I have never actually heard of her, I couldn't resist the the title as I was desperate for something light and silly to read after a busy, chaotic week.

Rude Bitches Make Me Tired purports to be an etiquette guide for modern dilemmas discussing appropriate, and inappropriate, behaviour in regards to dealing with, amongst other things, funerals, dance mom's, Facebook, PDA's (public displays of affection) and
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Jillyn
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook, requested
Rude Bitches Make Me Tired is, according to the blurb, a sassy, modern-day etiquette guide that will help the reader learn how to react or what to say in a particular situation. It's written in a question & answer format, like an advice column in a newspaper or magazine, and covers broad topics including children, dining out, and airplane travel.

Unfortunately, the advice wasn't very useful. I understand that Celia Rivenbark is a comedic author (and this book made me laugh more than once), b
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Mary (BookHounds)
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
MY THOUGHTS
LOVED IT

This is one part etiquette book, one part hilarious memoir and all parts funny.
Since Dave Barry isn't writing a regular column anymore, I have been stalking Rivenbark online to catch her columns instead. I have read all of her books and have loved each and every one of them. In her latest collection of essays, she tackles manners and takes them out, yes, just like a football center taking out the quarterback. Seriously, I had to read this one in the bathroom with the door clos
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Eustacia Tan
Oct 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Note: I was wavering between 2 and 3 stars, but since it made me laugh occasionally, I gave it 2.5 stars and then rounded it up.

I requested for this book on NetGalley because, well, an etiquette book swearing? And not just in the title, this book swears quite frequently throughout, so if you're very sensitive to swearwords, put this book down and back away slowly. The combination of etiquette advice and swearing may give you too big a shock to handle.

Basically, this book is written in a Q&A
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Sandra "Jeanz"
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
INITIAL THOUGHTS
Upon approaching reading this I Was hoping for a laugh out loud funny book about etiquette on some very modern day dilemma's as well as some older etiquette issues too.
At 90% - my thoughts were - the book certainly delivers the laughs and cringes as well as the odd OMG I do that! moments. A great light laughter inducing read.

MY REVIEW
I fancied a light hearted read and saw this one on Netgalley, so? I requested it and was lucky enough to receive an e-copy in exchange for my honest
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Soup
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
ARC via NetGalley.

I selected this book based entirely on the title (shallow, I know) and thus missed that it was written by Celia Rivenbark whose work I had previously tried and found to be so-so (she's capable of being screamingly funny, but I find that ability is not often sustained for more than a few chapters at a time). I stuck with the book nonetheless because the subtitle identified it as an etiquette book and I have an embarrassing love of both the genre and its queen, Judith Martin (aka
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Jennifer
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
A funny and easy read! While I don't agree with 100% of what she says, I loved the author's sarcastic sense of humor. She said things that I'm often thinking in various situations - driving, grocery shopping, work, etc. If you are fed up with people's general rudeness, you will enjoy this no-holds-barred etiquette lesson!
Mom
Jan 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Some chapters cracked me up while others were mildly funny. I didn't always agree with what the author had to say but for the most part she was right on target. This is a very light, easy read and just what you need for an emotional uplift.
Samantha Wilson
Nov 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Some of the book was funny, i am not easily offended- yet I found a few things in this book really pushing it (mainly: you’re an asshole if you cant look people in the eyes....🙄, A LOT of people get nervous looking people in the eye it can be apart of a disorder (like Autism) or from suffering with trauma). This was easy to read, it is questions and answers on how to deal with rude people, obviously none of the “advice” given should you actually do. Nothing in this book really had me hooked. Not ...more
Jennifer
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not done yet...but man, she makes me laugh. I'm a gal who sometimes lets her "Southern" slip out, and I so relate to her take on things.

Unfortunately, it gets me in trouble when my own little princess gets sent to the principal's for calling another kiddo "trashy". Hmmm....did the shoe fit? Even better, the next day, lil' princess goes BACK to said principal and tried to explain that it simply meant that her BEHAVIOR was "trashy", not that she WAS trash. Priceless.

****
Finished review:
As a "displ
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Cheryl
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-books
This...right here? This is the reason I need a new laptop:

"Question: You know that expression "prairie dogging"? I hate it when people pop their heads up over my cubicle instead of just walking around. It's so, I don't know, invasive."

Celia Rivenbark's answer:

"You know that expression "Grow a pair"? I mean what are you doing in your cubicle that's so damn private anyway? Oh, right. Porn. Cubicles are an unfortunate reality of corporate office design, and short of going all Old Spice guy and hois
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Maura Burns
May 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
I believe this is the first time I've been completely turned off by a book in its foreword. The author very clearly told me that I was not her intended audience on page xii. (The fact that the contents page -- at least in this version -- gets the page number for that foreword wrong notwithstanding.)

"What does this etiquette book have that others don't?

In a word, you. You the exhausted, overworked, undervalued mommy."

Clearly, I didn't realize that only mommies, exhausted, overworked and otherwise
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Samantha
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
The other reviewers pretty well covered it. I was excited for a modern take on basic etiquette but this book didn't really teach me anything. Sometimes she was very funny, but over all I was disappointed.
Katherine
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
I like Celia's humor but not crazy about the Q/A format.
Zee Monodee
May 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
To the point of sounding rude myself, did anyone ever think of telling the author that she is herself a very rude b*tch? The amount of condescension in this book, the awful remarks, the constant eye rolls I could totally imagine punctuating some of her 'points' - my, she would put the meanest 'Mean Girl' Queen Bee to shame with that kind of attitude!
I didn't know about this author before seeing this book and the title grabbed me (you expect someone saying she dislikes rude bitches to be someone
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Mell Simons
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-read
Ladies and gentlemen, if you are looking for answers to your etiquette questions, and you want someone to just give it to you straight, look no further than Rude Bitches Make Me Tired by Celia Rivenbark. I'll admit I did enjoy reading You Don't Sweat Much for a Fat Girl, but some of her other books were just ho-hum for me. Her honesty is refreshing, but her humor can be crass. My advice is, "lighten up people!" Then you'll be able to enjoy this book for what it is, a book about the do's and don' ...more
LiteraryMarie
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"It's just that when you witness such acute douchery up close and personal, it shakes you to the core." ~ pg. 65

In true Celia Rivenbark fashion, this is not your regular etiquette book. The author makes it clear in the Foreword that this book does not cover traditional etiquette tips like using the right fork or saying please and thank you. Instead it covers office manners, how to deal with rude drivers and courtesy flushes. It is more like a keep-it-real-without-being-fucking-rude book. The que
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Hbomb
Feb 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I had just read and thoroughly enjoyed Hyperbole and a Half and Let's Pretend This Never Happened and came across this book at the library. Profanity and hilarity? YES PLEASE! I started reading it and was immediately put off by her snootiness but I figured it was an etiquette book, this stuff is bound to come from a snooty place and I may learn something or maybe enjoy the humor to come. I kept reading. I am not one to be easily offended so curse words, dirty jokes and conversations about bodily ...more
Erin Newton
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was not one of Rivenbark's better books. I'm not sure she's very good at giving advice but some of her etiquette suggestions were hilarious when paired with personal stories. The chapter on grocery stores and driving were excellent. I don't enjoy all the political comments. This wasn't really part of her earlier book formula and they were better for it. She spends a few pages just talking about what good manners Obama has. Good manners does not a good president make and since when did arrog ...more
Lindley
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
With a title like "Rude Bitches Make Me Tired," how could you not want to read this book? I haven't read any of Rivenbark's other books, but after reading this one, I want to. Those book is full of advice and tips about the proper etiquette in a variety of situations from social media to dinner parties to motherhood that will be sure to make you laugh out loud.

Part personal anecdotes, part advice column, this book is 100% hilarious. Rivenbark's snark is entertaining, but the book is also worthw
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Andrea Galbusieri
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Oh Ms. Celia, you always make me laugh! What a wonderful and quick read; the book had me chuckling and snorting, giggling and laughing out loud, hons. Celia Rivenbark's answers to modern etiquette dilemmas are great advice; I, for one, find it entirely reasonable to follow the guy who cut you off while texting and driving home and beat him upside the head with a baseball bat. He was acting ugly, after all!
Lauren
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A quick, humorous read! To be honest, I have never even contemplated many of the modern etiquette dilemmas in this book. However, that didn't matter! Celia's responses were hilarious and many of the questions themselves were incredibly odd... you never knew what was going to be said on the next page. Definitely a laugh worthy read for those who are fans of Jen Lancaster, Laurie Notaro, etc.
Melissa
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
FUNNY. Think lady David Sedaris, but drunk and doling out advice.
Robin
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Veronica, Amanda, and Carol
Recommended to Robin by: Nicole
Laugh out loud funny snarkiness.
Madi Estes
Jan 13, 2015 rated it liked it
This book gave me several giggles but didn't have the constructive etiquette do's and don'ts I was hoping for. Good for a quick read and a reminder of the importance of manners.
Jennifer
Oct 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Not as funny as I hoped, but I might be overly harsh in my judgement due to just having read Hyperbole and A Half.
Melissa Bennett
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Picked up this book because I was looking for something light and funny. Maybe I was expecting too much but it really wasn't as great as I had hoped. There were times that I chuckled, times were I rolled my eyes, and times when I asked out loud "Really??". It is sad to see how manners tend to be put on the backburner. One of my pet peeves is rudeness. So I was hoping for humor but at the same time, setting the manners straight. Throughout the book the questions were occasionally answered like th ...more
Jeanette
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I struggled through this one, not one of my favorites of this author; whose previous books I've loved. Not sure if it was the way in which it was written - question/answer, or just that the jokes often seemed forced.
Onna
Jun 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
I thought it would be funny and actually have advice? But it's just a proud Southern woman who thinks transphobia and casual misogyny is funny and clever. Hint hint, it is not.

Skip it. Don't buy it. Check it out at the library like I did if you must.
Shaynipper
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gently, with humor, Ms Rivenbark reminds us that good manners is treating others with kindness and tenderness. Take care of those around you.
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Celia Rivenbark was born and raised in Duplin County, NC, which had the distinction of being the nation's number 1 producer of hogs and turkeys during a brief, magical moment in the early 1980s.
Celia grew up in a small house in the country with a red barn out back that was populated by a couple of dozen lanky and unvaccinated cats. Her grandparents' house, just across the ditch, had the first ind
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“Never invite someone who is speaking a foreign language in your presence to "Go back to your country." The only time that phrase is every acceptable is if you are British and you are speaking to Madonna.” 3 likes
“While it may seem a bit antithetical to use quite so many "naughty words" in an etiquette book, I can assure you that I would never use curse words for shock value alone or to prop up a needy joke. We live in a world in which one Real Housewife of New Jersey seriously admonished another to "show some fuckin' class!" Enough said.” 1 likes
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