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A Practical Primer on Charm, Tact, and Unsinkable Strength: Including instructions on being kind when you don't feel like it, ignoring the Internet and/or disarming trolls, and generally staying serene and sensible in a world that is neither


Rodale Books
Available: 04/04/17
6.67 x 8.69 · 256 pages
CDN $26.99 · cl

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Kelly Williams Brown

Grace is something that so many of us admire, yet we imagine that it's an inborn quality we could never have. Not so! Anyone can be gracious. It costs nothing more than attention and a little bit of time. We can all practice and perfect our graciousness and, in doing so, elevate being a human to an art form.

This book sets out to revive Graciousness in its most modern iteration, providing guidelines on everything from navigating a business networking event to diffusing a political argument that has broken out in the comment section of your Facebook post (key phrase: Hmm! Well, you've certainly given me a lot to think about!). With the wisdom of gracious folk ranging from professional manners and etiquette experts to the author's mother-in-law, this book explains the perspective, actions-and, sometimes, inaction- that help us move smoothly through whatever life tosses at us. Whether it's navigating work disputes, standing up for what you believe in while respecting the values and thoughts of others, or just making your guest feel really and truly loved, all of us can learn to navigate the world with a little more grace, charm, and strength . Complete with illustrations, practical examples, and the author's signature sense of humor, Gracious is the perfect gift-for yourself and for others.

KELLY WILLIAMS BROWN is the founder of the popular site Adultingblog.com and the New York Times bestselling author of Adulting . Previously, she was a features reporter and an award-winning humor columnist for the Statesman Journal, a daily newspaper in Salem, OR. She lives in Portland, OR, with her husband.