October 18, 2011

Review - Social Q's (Philip Galanes)

Admittedly I am not the kind of person who'll actually read advice columns - which often are either condescending or leave you even more puzzled than before - but I didn't even know that Social Q's has its roots there before I started reading. I simply assumed it would be a modern view on etiquette. With a humorous touch. Luckily this book, based on the respective NY Times column by Philip Galanes, is a far stretch from regular advice on etiquette, but instead a witty read that really does give good tips on the quirks, quandaries and quagmires of today.
Often laugh out loud funny the author tackles the questions aka problems of readers of his column and shares his collected wisdom on all kinds of everyday questions that leave you stranded simply because you don't know just how to react in a situation when eg your boss has got a serious problem with BO, or your friend's kids ruin your couch and the parents end up blaming you for it.
Though the most important aspect of the whole book is how you don't just get simple answers, every situation is different after all. Giving easy instructions on how to figure out which way best to proceed - remain silent, talk it out, or call a lawyer - you'll actually learn how to find your own answers, which is probably the smartest advice you can get.
In short: Need lighthearted advice about awkward social situations? Read this book!

4/5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Simon & Schuster Galley Grab book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

No comments:

Post a Comment