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No Nice Girl Swears

3.31  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  13 reviews
No Nice Girl Swears is the original, trailblazing guide to the “new etiquette,” brimming with timeless advice on style, romance, and grace, and finally back in print 90 years after its original release. Forewords by today’s editor in chief of Town & Country and the editor in chief of Vogue from 1914–1952.

Heralded as the go-to guide for soon-to-be debutantes and ladies who’
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Hardcover, 184 pages
Published April 7th 2020 by Apollo Publishers (first published 1933)
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Sam
This was an amusing and witty guide on the etiquette of past times where women's behaviour was far more regimented and vital to their advancement in society. Moats has written what on the surface appears to be a serious and instructive guide on how one should behave in polite society but in reality it is a cutting and witty look at the stupidity and ridiculousness of the standards and expectations applied in years past, and to some extent today. I think we can safely say that I've broken pretty ...more
Jena
Apr 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Once again, Rockstar Book Tours is back at it. This time with a surprising time capsule, taking us all the way back to the Roaring 20’s.

Before we get into the book, we need some definitions. First, let’s define swears. Second. Define nice. Then remember that this book was printed 90 years ago, so it is NOT a modern guide to swearing, nice, or even girls for that matter. But it is a fascinating glimpse into our past, even if the definitions are a bit… old-fashioned.

The book when first written was
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Meaghan Hurn
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book had a delightful combination of the author's innate wit and the unintentional hilarity of very dated etiquette. Alice-Leone Moats has written what on the surface appears to be a serious and instructive guide on how one should behave in polite society but in reality, it is a cutting and witty look at the stupidity and ridiculousness of the standards and expectations applied in years past.

I think it's important to remember the time this was written and to see how far we've come from the
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Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. This book is such a charming and sassy etiquette guide. The tips are from a 1930s debutant and "it girl," and cover style, dating, travel, and more. I love how the author gives advice for putting others in their place when they step out of bounds and also how her advice for classiness--in all aspects of life--still holds true. It's an escape, but also still relevant. Also note, the book is beautiful--a Tiffany's colored jacket with gold foil. It was a good read and is now decor ...more
Amy
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Alice-Leone Moats has written a fun read in No Nice Girl Swears. It gives advice and tips on how to act in society from the past. I honestly got a little tickled at few of them. Some of them includes what to do and not to do while on a date. And many other do’s and don’t’s what is expected from a young lady.
I thought No Nice Girl Swears to be a delightful read and recommend it. I am giving it four stars.
I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
Katrina E
HA! I am still going to cuss life it too short.
Cydni Perkins
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a no-nonsense etiquette guide that was written in the 1930s. It gives very good advice for extremely practical things that a girl would have encountered, but that her mother might not have, like how to behave without a chaperon, what a girl should do the year she debuts, and how to turn down a date with someone a girl doesn't like. It was a changing world, and the girls coming out during this time period may have had Edwardian mothers who didn't understand the shifting social rules. My favo ...more
Diana
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had a delightful combination of the author's innate wit and the unintentional hilarity of very dated etiquette (e.g., the propriety of a young lady entering a speakeasy alone, or what to do if you want to take your personal maid to a house party but space is limited). It's an interesting glimpse into the world of debutantes, servants, engraved invitations, and all the "new" thrills for women: drinking, smoking, working, and driving cars. ...more
Lakota
Jan 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A 30s guide to behaviour for young women and debutantes. Great fun, loved the author's tongue in cheek style. ...more
Jennifer
So far, this book seems to be more aimed at unmarried girls, but there are still a few things to learn from it.
Robin
Apr 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
don't we all need a little reminding about etiquette? "Learn to dance before you come out." As a debutante, of course...what were you thinking? ...more
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If you like this book you MUST read her book "A Violent Innocence" Don't know why it isn't listed. It's her story of growing up in Mexico City during the Mexican Revolution. Amazing! ...more
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