Kelly Williams Brown: Gracious

Five pages Do I read the five pages first assuming if you felt it so important to put them in that particular place they should be read at that particular time I know the book styles itself a manual but you know better dear ditors and publishers arrange the book sections appropriately Second and related footnotes In some cases they are cute As a person who freuently speaks in asides and non seuiturs I often appreciate them But again these were not arranged in a way that was conducive to the reading or narrative Plus the pineapples were annoying than cute what was wrong with asterisks I understand the symbolism of the pineapple it s still stupidLastly ven in narrative non fiction you can Not Write How You Speak This is probably specially true for anyone who styles themselves as Southern It isn t readable and what comes across as charming in person is an annoyance in print Ironically this book felt anything but genuine and had so many annoyances piled on top of one another it wasn t Passage Through Crisis even remotely readable I can only imagine the audio of this reads like a suirrel on speed Wonderful The author had a really fun unofficial way of finding gracious people to interview plus she comes off as not snooty but down toarth and relatableself deprecating Science, Technology and Culture even The book is fun to read and filled with little tidbits of delightful information Maybe I m revealing that I haven t learned how to be gracious But at least I m notngaging in some fancy BSing I don t think this was a terrible book It just was too disjointed for me and sometimes it was hard to tell where one set of principleschecklists stopped and another began There were also lots of footnotes and separate sections and uotes that kept distracting me from reading because I must read all words on the page The Road to Einsteins Relativity even if it reuires me to stop in the middle of a sentence because I worry I will forget to read that onextra little thing I came While I have definite Opinions about manners they were invented to keep the comfortable comfortable and only use the most basic ones to help Black Boy ease my passage through the world Please Thank you and opening the door for the persons behind me I am neverthelessndlessly fascinated with the little courtesies and social norms other people dictate to make society civilized I used to read Emily Post and Miss Manners and took nothing from it obviously like other people read The Nati. Re to Nighttime Sweethearts explore or spending all your time maintaining a spotless house It’s about approaching the world with compassion conviction self confidence and whole heartedness whether you're at the Met Gala or saying good morning to a convenience store clerkFrom chattingasily with anyone to mastering the subtleties of social media Maternity Bride (Silhouette Desire etiuette hint blockarly block often Brown has talked to gracious women and men all over the country to give you Safe in My Arms easy ways tombody your own graciousnessThroughout the book she.

Such a wonderful book I found her ideas so helpful for business retail can be so terribly trying and have handed it out as homework for my Presunta colpevole employees There are aspects of this book that I liked Brown interviews some totally great women people who aren t famous but are just uietly amazing I think that she was hurt by the timing of this release inarly 2017 as Trump was Poisoned Secrets (Murder and Mayhem elected to office a call for graciousness and being the bigger person and an attitude gratitude seemed grating and hollow in a way that it would not have seemed had it been released a yeararlier Delightful I love this definition of graciousness Graciousness which is only in part about manners and Safe Words etiuette has a moral core place settings are but a tiny flourish on annormous architectural I thought she had some good points The occasional light profanity however was not necessary to prove a point I am always in awe of Kelly Williams Brown s ability to deal with weighty important issues with an incredible sense of humor Her second book may His To Claim (McBain Brothers Alpha, evenxceed my high The Black Sheeps Baby (Into The Heartland) (Into The Heartland) (Silhouette Intimate Moments, expectations I can t wait to see what she puts her own to next Voice is veryradicate and hard to followWith such great premise and promise I was hoping for Some great topics could have been organized better for all readers However the fonts used were sweet Wonderful uotes throughout the book fell flat with some of the content Considering the books concept the author s use of swear words including saying the Lord s name in vain I found inappropriate not polite in any manner with little tact for the wide range of readers The book does mention some Pursuit of Justice earlier historical works that I might pick to browse through insteadI absolutely LOVED the premise of this book and was really hoping this would be a good fit Unfortunately it wasn t Hopefully it isn t ironic that I am about to write all the things I didn t like about a book on graciousness to the point that I DNF d it First publishers andditors if your author submits to you a narrative non fiction that is meant to be read cover to cover PLEASE DO NOT BREAK IT INTK A MANUAL This book was unreadable from this perspective alone You have one word of a sentence on one page and then five pages later pick the sentence back up a third of the way down the page because you had to plunk a random uote in there too Do I skip past the five pages finish the chapter then go back and read those. From New York Times bestselling author of Adulting How to Become a Grown Up in 468 Easyish Steps Kelly Williams Brown comes a funny charming guide to modern civility in these yes we'll say it rather uncivil timesGraciousness is practicing the arts of kindness thoughtfulness good manners humanity and basic decency As a bonus it makes your life and Dangerous to Touch even the world or at least the room you’re in much lovelierIt’s not about memorizingvery rule of traditional tiuette to a T though there is so much the.

Onal Enuirer So that s why I checked this out I mean maybe this woman has something new to tell me about social tiuetteSpoiler alert She doesn tThe author narrates her book which is lovely I Rodeo Daughter enjoyed her reading skillsspecially the little asides she did in cute voices I suspect she s delightful at storytelling She is not however delightful at structural organization and this book winds up being a mess on account It s all over the place bouncing back and forth from one topic to an unrelated other There were several times I thought I had the discs out of order and was listening to number 4 when I should have been playing number 3 because the information shifted so suddenly and without segue But no that s just how this story goes One minute she s discussing proper houseguesting and the next we re at a weddingAlso distracting Brown interviews several gracious women on what they do that makes them so fabulous and wonderful and she often uotes them However because she doesn t change her modulation or My Guilty Pleasure (Harlequin Blaze enunciation for the majority of the uotes it s hard to tell when she s telling us what they said and when she s reading her own words Brown may have two daughters and she may have run a business or she may have been reading a uote from others who did those things there s no way to tell with the audiobookAlso also distracting Why has y all moved up from the south There is no reason for a person not sporting a southern accent to say y all It just sounds ridiculous sprinkled in with the rest of the Yankee words Yes Brown is originally from the south but she has un accented herself and now sounds like a news woman maybe the weather prognosticator with her no accent vocal stylings so when she drops a northern inflected y all it sounds terrible And no I will not accept y all as the defacto gender neutral form of address Because it s notI feel this is aimed at a specific subset of society namely upwardly mobile young white women who may not have had the benefit of to uote one of my favorite terms from the Black Women of Twitter broughtupsy I don t think this would be out of place shelved with the How to Get a Husband books of yore Forveryone Fatal Secrets (Protecting the Witnesses else though this has the potential to be grating for a variety of reasons If you want somethingually light hearted and fun but with meat and better structure I recommend I m Judging You The Do Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi. Provides tips on how to deal with the people and circumstances that challenge A Wanted Man (Silhouette Intimate Moments, even the most socially graceful among us advice on how to practice graciousness inveryday life and thoughtful discussions on being kind to those around you without My Spy (Mission: Impassioned, ever losing your sense of selfWith the wisdom of gracious folk ranging from celebrities to the author’s mother in law this bookxplains the perspective actions and sometimes inaction that help us move smoothly and ffectively through whatever life tosses at us.

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