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Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck

Amy Alkon

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"Miss Manners with Fangs." ―LA Weekly
We live in a world that's very different from the one in which Emily Post came of age. Many of us who are nice (but who also sometimes say "f*ck") are frequently at a loss for guidelines about how to be a good person who deals effectively with the increasing onslaught of rudeness we all encounter.
To lead us out of the miasma of modern mannerlessness, science-based and bitingly funny syndicated advice columnist Amy Alkon rips the doily off the manners genre and gives us a new set of rules for our twenty-first century lives.
With wit, style, and a dash of snark, Alkon explains that we now live in societies too big for our brains, lacking the constraints on bad behavior that we had in the small bands we evolved in. Alkon shows us how we can reimpose those constraints, how we can avoid being one of the rude, and how to stand up to those who are.
Foregoing prissy advice on which utensil to use, Alkon answers the twenty-first century's most burning questions about manners, including:

* Why do many people, especially those under forty, now find spontaneous phone calls rude?
* What can you tape to your mailbox to stop dog walkers from letting their pooch violate your lawn?
* How do you shut up the guy in the pharmacy line with his cellphone on speaker?
* What small gift to your new neighbors might make them think twice about playing Metallica at 3 a.m.?

Combining science with more than a touch of humor, Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck is destined to give good old Emily a shove off the etiquette shelf (if that's not too rude to say).

Unf*ckology: A Field Guide to Living with Guts and Confidence

Amy Alkon

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Amy Alkon presents Unf*ckology, a “science-help” book that knocks the self-help genre on its unscientific ass. You can finally stop fear from being your boss and put an end to your lifelong social suckage.

Have you spent your life shrinking from opportunities you were dying to seize but feel “that’s just who I am”? Well, screw that! You actually can change, and it doesn’t take exceptional intelligence or a therapist who’s looking forward to finally buying Aruba after decades of listening to you yammer on.

Transforming yourself takes revolutionary science-help from Amy Alkon, who has spent the past 20 years translating cutting-edge behavioral science into highly practical advice in her award-winning syndicated column. In Unf*ckology, Alkon pulls together findings from neuroscience, behavioral science, evolutionary psychology, and clinical psychology. She explains everything in language you won’t need a psych prof on speed-dial to understand―and with the biting dark humor that made Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck such a great read. She debunks widely-accepted but scientifically unsupported notions about self-esteem, shame, willpower, and more and demonstrates that:

- Thinking your way into changing (as so many therapists and self-help books advise) is the most inefficient way to go about it.

- The mind is bigger than the brain, meaning that your body and your behavior are your gym for turning yourself into the new, confident you.

- Fear is not just the problem; it’s also the solution.

- By targeting your fears with behavior, you make changes in your brain that reshape your habitual ways of behaving and the emotions that go with them.

Follow Amy Alkon's groundbreaking advice in Unf*ckology, and eventually, you’ll no longer need to act like the new you; you’ll become the new you. And how totally f*cking cool is that?

I See Rude People: One woman's battle to beat some manners into impolite society

Amy Alkon

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"This crazy redhead is on to something. Her pink Rambler story alone is worth the price of the book." -- Elmore Leonard

"Amy Alkon is intellectually promiscuous--and funny as hell." -- Paleopsychologist Howard Bloom, author of The Lucifer Principle

We all just suck it up every day. You leave the house for a latte and somebody'll flip you the bird on your way and force their loud cellphone conversation on you once you're there.

It doesn't have to be that way, says award-winning syndicated columnist Amy Alkon. Her hilarious stories of in-your-face encounters with rude people and businesses will inspire you to stand up to the boors in your own world.

Alkon not only gives the offenders a taste of their own medicine, she delves into anthropology, pscyhology, and behavioral science to figure out why we're rude and how we can stop all the intruding, shoving, and shouting. She ensures that all these rude people get their comeuppance:

  • Lax parents
  • Internet bullies
  • Rude drivers
  • Negligent businesses
  • Telemarketing executives
  • Car thieves
  • Parking space hogs
  • That loud jerk in the drugstore line

In this funny, ferocious and freewheeling expose, Alkon gives you the tools you need to confront these abusers and restore common courtesy, respect and good manners to society...one chastened cellphone shouter at a time.

Free Advice: The Advice Ladies on Love, Dating, Sex, and Relationships

Amy Alkon

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Move over, Dear Abby, here come The Advice Ladies!

It all started in a Manhattan diner. A lovelorn waiter sought advice from the three sassy women he was serving—and The Advice Ladies were born. Inspired by their success with the young man, they set up a table on a street corner in Soho and began to offer their expert advice services to strangers—free of charge! Soon advice seekers came in droves asking anything and everything about romance. Hilariously captured in Free Advice, The Advice Ladies offer their pearls of wisdom on these and other subjects:

• Love & Dating (also Marriage)
• Getting Rid of Your Jerk
• Wardrobe & Makeovers
• Proper Etiquette
• Wigs & Beards
• The Personals
• Meeting People
• Entertaining
• New Identities
• Cheap Dates
• Recessionary Lifestyles
• Jealousy
• Talking to Strangers
• Office Romance
• Getting Dumped
• Staging a Seduction
• Conflict Management
• Personal Merchandising
• Negativity Lessons (Learning to Say “No”)

From their confidential files, their personal experiences, and their unfailing insight, Amy, Caroline, and Marlowe show everyone how to bypass years of therapy and attack their problems head-on.

FREE ADVICE PPK

Amy Alkon

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Do the Right Thing: Life Lessons for Today (2010): Los Angeles Times Festival of Books: Panel 2111

Amy Alkon

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The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has become the largest and most prestigious book festival in the country, attracting more than 130,000 book lovers each year.

Mary & Carol Higgins Clark in Conversation with Amy Alkon (2009): Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Mary Higgins Clark

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The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has become the largest and most prestigious book festival in the country, attracting more than 130,000 book lovers each year.

Amy Alkon's syndicated advice column, "Ask the Advice Goddess", runs in more than 100 newspapers. She blogs daily at advicegoddess.com. Alkon's second book is Revengerella: One Woman's Battle to Beat Some Manners Into Impolite Society.

Mary Higgins Clark is the best-selling author of 26 suspense novels and winner of numerous accolades that include being chosen by the Mystery Writers of America as Grand Master of the 2000 Edgar Awards. An Edgar award in her name was launched in 2001. Her latest novel is Just Take My Heart.

Carol Higgins Clark is coauthor, along with her mother, Mary Higgins Clark, of a best-selling holiday mystery series. She is also the author of 11 best-selling Regan Reilly mysteries and has recorded several of her mother's works as well as her own novels on audio. Her latest book is Cursed.

Memoir: All the Single Ladies (2010): Los Angeles Times Festival of Books: Panel 1114

Julie Klausner

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The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has become the largest and most prestigious book festival in the country, attracting more than 130,000 book lovers each year.

Dobre maniery dla milych ludzi, ktorzy czasem mowia k***a

Amy Alkon

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Dobre maniery dla milych ludzi, ktorzy czasem mowia k***a

Free Advice - The Advice Ladies on Love, Dating, Sex, and Relationships (First Printing) (Signed Copy)

Amy Alkon

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