Gracious A Practical Primer on Charm Tact and Unsinkable Strength From New York Times bestselling author of Adulting How to Become a Grown Up in Easy ish Steps Kelly Williams Brown comes a funny charming guide to modern civility in these yes we ll say it rathe

  • Title: Gracious: A Practical Primer on Charm, Tact, and Unsinkable Strength
  • Author: Kelly Williams Brown
  • ISBN: 9781623367978
  • Page: 335
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From New York Times bestselling author of Adulting How to Become a Grown Up in 468 Easy ish Steps Kelly Williams Brown comes a funny, charming guide to modern civility in these yes, we ll say it rather uncivil times.Graciousness is practicing the arts of kindness, thoughtfulness, good manners, humanity, and basic decency As a bonus, it makes your life and even the worldFrom New York Times bestselling author of Adulting How to Become a Grown Up in 468 Easy ish Steps Kelly Williams Brown comes a funny, charming guide to modern civility in these yes, we ll say it rather uncivil times.Graciousness is practicing the arts of kindness, thoughtfulness, good manners, humanity, and basic decency As a bonus, it makes your life and even the world or at least the room you re in much lovelier.It s not about memorizing every rule of traditional etiquette to a T though there is so much there to 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 clerk.From chatting easily with anyone to mastering the subtleties of social media etiquette hint block early, block often , Brown has talked to gracious women and men all over the country to give you easy ways to embody your own graciousness.Throughout the book, she provides tips on how to deal with the people and circumstances that challenge even the most socially graceful among us, advice on how to practice graciousness in everyday life, and thoughtful discussions on being kind to those around you without ever losing your sense of self.With the wisdom of gracious folk ranging from celebrities to the author s mother in law, this book explains the perspective, actions and, sometimes, inaction that help us move smoothly and effectively through whatever life tosses at us.

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    1. Maybe I'm revealing that I haven't learned how to be gracious. But at least I'm not engaging 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 principles/checklists stopped and another began. There were also lots of footnotes and separate sections and quotes that kept distracting me from reading (because I must read all words on the page, even if it requires me to stop in the middle of a sentence bec [...]

    2. Wonderful! The author had a really fun, unofficial way of finding gracious people to interview plus she comes off as not snooty but down to earth and relatablelf-deprecating even. The book is fun to read and filled with little tidbits of delightful information.

    3. Voice is very eradicate and hard to follow.With such great premise and promise, I was hoping for more. Some great topics could have been organized better for all readers. However, the fonts used were sweet. Wonderful quotes 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 men [...]

    4. I thought she had some good points. The occasional light profanity however, was not necessary to prove a point.

    5. 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 even exceed my high expectations. I can't wait to see what she puts her own to next.

    6. 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 and editors: 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 [...]

    7. This book is a delightful ray of sunshine. It includes common ways to be gracious and kind in every day life. I think this one is better on audiobook.

    8. 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 employees.

    9. There are aspects of this book that I liked - Brown interviews some totally great women, people who aren't famous but are just quietly amazing. I think that she was hurt by the timing of this release in early 2017; as Trump was 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 year earlier.

    10. AH just finished! I couldn't recommend this book more to every single I person I know. Here are a few of my favorite quotes to give y'all an idea of this book's goodness:"If you find that there's one behavior in others that drives you up the wall, well just remember that we tend to get most angry when we see our own defects reflected back to us." (12)"Capacity is what you're trying to increase in your life. Your capacity, your abilities to be compassionate and to love. So if you disengage from e [...]

    11. "The heart of graciousness is compassion. It's attention to those around you, whether they are your favorite person in the world or that person trying to get by you on the sidewalk."Do you admire the people in your life who are calm, serene, kind, competent, gracious? How did they get to be that way? What are their secrets? In Gracious, Kelly Williams Brown interviews many of the most gracious people in her life to learn about their personal philosophies, outlooks on life, and strategies for bei [...]

    12. I think (hope) Kelly Williams Brown was me in a past life. That's not really possible, but reading this book sounds like words from a cooler, wiser me. That might be why I love the book so much. The genuine, helpful tips and honesty combined with lines about pugs and threesomes with Coach Taylor and Tammy Taylor from Friday Night Lights (yes, please) had me laughing and feeling super inspired the whole time. I finished this book in 24 hours and I regret none of it. Her first book, "Adulting," bl [...]

    13. I love this book. I love the subject matter, and I love the incredibly compassionate out flowing of thoughtfulness that went into producing it. I particularly love that it's a book about being kind to yourself (and how to do that) in order to be kind to others. That speaks to me, and that 2 page spread on pages 100-101 on how to talk your not-so-helpful brain out of whatever track it's running on is pretty much one of the most useful things I've ever read. Thank you. This has more reading left i [...]

    14. I'm more of a brash PNW person, so graciousness is a lofty goal. This was a great read about being a best version of yourself. Very funny too.There were a lot of wonderful footnotes, but also all these little boxes with quotes or separate interviews. Sometimes it amounted to three or four types of text on one page. I think it would have been better to put some of the extras at the end and beginning of the chapters.I find myself hiding the cover because I was uncomfortable being associated with w [...]

    15. The format of the physical book was a little awkward--since the book is so small the side panel discussions and theories of grace break up the main text of the book. It seems like a weird design choice. I enjoyed the content of the book. Nothing earth shattering but lots of solid advice for striving for graciousness. Kelly Williams Brown has a great voice--she is really funny and reassuring. I hope she writes a memoir eventually.

    16. Wow. Just wow. This one went on my to-buy list after the first chapter.The author does a brilliant job of explaining how to be a better person without talking down to the reader. Her tone is conversational and conspiratorial and just fun. I laughed more with this book than I do with most. Her suggestions are, useful, easily understood, and fairly simple to put into practice.I plan on reading this book several more times, and highly recommend it!

    17. I think I loved this even more than her adulting book! I feel like I could go out into the world and host a dinner party a week. The only reason this isn't 5 stars is personal reading preference. I find it challenging to read books with footnotes and sidebars. Where do you start and stop reading? How to you remember what you were reading about before you were interrupted by a box? Sigh a literacy skill I wish I had mastered in college

    18. This etiquette guide is amusing and entertaining. Also useful! I did find all of the sidebars, footnotes, and asides to be funny but ultimately a bit distracting. Overall, though, I applaud any book that strives to make this world a more beautiful, kind, loving, and gracious place. Thank you, Kelly!

    19. Seriously needed this book right now. It was a good reminder to keep your head up and "roll with the punches". Grace is practiced, not something you have innately and this reminded me of that. It also reminded me that nobody is perfect and having a slightly messy house and having disagreements is normal and not at all a failure.

    20. I think this is a book that meets a need, absolutely. I really liked it. But so many pineapple asterix notations. It made it difficult to read the book smoothly. The author is clever, makes great points, and is fun, but going between the body of the book and the (sometimes 3) notations on the page it was difficult, and it's what kept it from being 5 stars for me.

    21. It was okay, not great. Have already recommended it to someone at the office but you know I think I might not be the target audience for this book. Or maybe I was not in the right headspace. Or maybe it took itself just a skoche too seriously for me. Whatever the reason, it had me getting annoyed and angry on more than one occasion so make of that what you will.

    22. The audio book was a pleasure to listen to. Kelly's charm, wit, and remarkably authentic Southern drawl accent make it a must-listen. The book itself was so good that I may even get a print copy as a reference.

    23. Despite her books being self-help, they are extremely entertaining (and also very helpful). Check out my full review on my blog For the Love of Words.

    24. 4.5- Ah, Kelly. Such great voice! I love her random footnotes and quirky charm. She's a person I'd love to be friends with. Even the most gracious of readers will learn from this excellent (beautifully designed) book. Notes: some swearing

    25. This is a very entertaining book and has a lot of great ideas on how to be gracious to others. It also provides a lot of great etiquette guides and I definitely want to put many of them into practice now.

    26. There were moments that I truly chuckled while reading. I already know a lot of the information that was covered, but there were a few good tidbits that I picked up. I really like the author, but there are times where she tries too hard to be twee (think Jessica Day) and loses focus.

    27. I was optimistic, and thought this book had such promise, but it fell a little flat for me, and it was a bit of a challenge to finish. I did enjoy her light and ridiculous voice in this book, but didn't feel there was much of a through line to move the book forward. It was ok, not great.

    28. A very gracious read!I really enjoyed this book--it flowed from witty to touching back to witty to really wise. I highly recommend reading this book and then passing it onto friends.

    29. Witty presentation of rules of etiquette. Number one principle obvious in varying manifestations: Treat people with dignity and respect. Some salty language and modern situations included.

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