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Guests: Or, How to Survive Hospitality: The Classic Guidebook (Paperback)

By Russell Lynes, Russell Lynes (Illustrator)
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Our eminent founding father Ben Franklin once famously compared guests to stinking fish. While this assessment may seem a trifle harsh, the truth remains that social intercourse is a most risky endeavor. Who better to address this concern than the inimitable pundit Russell Lynes a man renowned for his unparalleled expertise on the social graces and the many personality types who regularly abuse them? In this classic guide to "guesting," Lynes provides an indispensable overview of the rituals of behavior that make it possible to visit and be visited, and the necessary safeguards that protect us from our friends and our friends from us. It is a book that demands to be read by every potential guest and host, stinker and stinkee alike.

About the Author

Praise For…

“One of America’s foremost arbiters of taste and mores. . . . Essayist, social historian, photographer and Renaissance man, Mr. Lynes was an acclaimed expert on what was highbrow, what was lowbrow and what was no brow at all.”
-New York Times

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061706417
ISBN-10: 0061706418
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Publication Date: March 31st, 2009
Pages: 79
Language: English