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No Nice Girl Swears

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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 todays editor in chief of Town & Country and the editor in chief of Vogue from 19141952.

Heralded as the go-to guide for soon-to-be debutantes and ladies whod
Hardcover, 184 pages
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Apollo Publishers (first published 1933)
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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
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 ...more
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.
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.
So far, this book seems to be more aimed at unmarried girls, but there are still a few things to learn from it.
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?
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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!
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This is an amazing period piece and it take about 20 minutes to read.
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