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Manners [Hardcover]

Kate Spade
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10 April 2004
In Manners, Kate Spade shares her thoughts and experiences about matters of modern etiquette and perplexing social conundrums.; Whether in the workplace, at the opera, or on an overnight stay at a friends, it is always important to observe the rules of proper behaviour. In this volume Kate Spade sets forth her own solutions for successfully navigating a variety of social situations. Beginning with a section entitled Exercising Your Manners 365 Days a Year, progressing through From Me to You: The Gentle Art of Communication, and ending with in the Office, On a Date and All the Rest of it, Kate provides honest, insightful advice on table manners, thank-you notes, office gossip, introductions and much more. Modern and fresh, Manners is a delightful forthright guide to twenty-first century etiquette.

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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (10 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743250664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743250665
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 16.1 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 631,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kate Spade grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. After graduation she went to Mademoiselle magazine and became senior fashion editor/head of accessories before leaving in 1991. In 1993 she and her boyfriend, now husband, Andy Spade launched kate spade handbags, which has grown exponentially over the past decade and has established Kate Spade as a style icon.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Book 4 Mar 2014
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Gift for someone else. They like it but then they would as they like Kate Spade designs.

I have bought three assorted titles they are as promised
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2.0 out of 5 stars Kate Spade's Pet Peeves 30 Jan 2005
By book worm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book reads more like a list of Kate's pet peeves. There is really nothing new to be learned from this book other than what most people already know, such as chewing gum in public, turning cell phones off in the movie theater, sharing arm rests, splashing people with water while in the pool, etc.

I found two things disturbing about the book. A lot of the advice she gives, which is very little, in handling awkward sitauations is to grin and bear it and be sure to hit the booze while you are at it. I do not see how getting drunk is a remedy. I think that sometimes it is more appropriate to speak up for yourself in a way that will not be offending to others around you. It's just that when these occasions do arise, sometimes it helps to get a little guidance on how to speak up tactfully, and this book will not provide any such guidance.

I also was floored when she claims that apparently it is a faux pas to wear a band-aid on one's foot that is visible while wearing sandals. ????? eh???? This I do not understand at all. What is one to do if they've injured their foot and it's uncomfortable to wear regular shoes? This advice is a bit too much and way off the mark.

I did learn 2 useful bits of knowledge (like splitting a check and visiting someone's home), but other than that, there isn't anything practical or useful to be learned here.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Emily Post Redux 17 April 2005
By Bookworm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a cute book, but lacking in substance. Like her other books in this series, it's layout is like a magazine- with watercolor illustrations, quotes and short paragraphs interspersed through out the pages. The advice Kate gives is not bad- it's just that you can get this information, and in greater detail from Emily Post's book. Kate does give some modern advice for cell phones and re-gifting, but nothing you have not heard already. It was an entertaining one-time read that you can finish in about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Check it out at your library instead of buying a copy though.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste Your Money 3 May 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I agree with the other reviewer. I bought all of the books in this series and am shocked at how much of the advice has been taken from previous authors on these topics. She is copying classics like Emily Post and simply re-wording the text. Except for the cute drawings, this series is a waste of money. If you want to know how to do things "correctly", read Letitia Baldridge's "The New Manners For the '90's". It covers everything and is written by a woman with the education and experience to know of which she speaks! Not someone who using her fashion connections to flood the magazines and talk shows with her "discovery" of this information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Book! 19 April 2004
By Megan Marston - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Kate Spade's "Manners" is a delightful book. After reading "Manners", I was left with ideas about how to incorporate politeness and respect for others back into my busy and fast paced life. Ms. Spade gives a number of wonderful suggestions for displaying manners in the business world, at home, while staying with friends, etc. I also loved that she included etiquette rules for when traveling to foreign countries.
"Manners" succeeds in reminding its readers that how you treat others has a strong impact on the quality of your life. While this book is not designed to compete with Emily Post's writings or other etiquette anthologies, it is a lovely reminder to readers that thoughtfulness and kindness can bring yourself and others much joy in your day to day lives.
"Manners" will make a wonderful addition to your book collection. Kudos to Kate Spade for a job well done!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about Time! 30 April 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Common manners have almost completely disappeared from everyday life. I am now surprised when someone is polite instead of being shocked at rudeness. If this book is responsible for even a few people learning to be more courteous in every day life then it is a laudable effort. You don't need to be a paragon to want to see a revival of common decency. Post and Vanderbilt are a bit stuffy for the everyday person, Spade has made manners more accessible, and that's great.
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