"Talk to the hand, ’cause the face ain’t listening," the saying goes.
When did the world stop wanting to hear? When did society become so thoughtless? It’s a topic that has been simmering for years, and Lynne Truss says it’s now reached the boiling point. Taking on the boorish behavior that for some has become a point of pride, Talk to the Hand is a rallying cry for courtesy. Like Eats, Shoots & Leaves, Talk to the Hand is not a stuffy guidebook, and is sure to inspire spirited conversation.
Why hasn’t your nephew ever thanked you for your carefully selected gift? What makes your contractor think it’s fine to snub you in the midst of a major renovation? Why do crowds spawn selfishness? What accounts for the appalling treatment you receive in stores (if you’re lucky enough to get a clerk’s attention at all)? Most important, what will it take to roll back a culture that applauds those who are disrespectful? In a recent U.S. survey, 79 percent of adults said that lack of courtesy was a serious problem. For anyone who’s fed up with the brutality inflicted by modern manners (or lack thereof), Talk to the Hand is a colorful call to arms—from the wittiest defender of the civilized world.
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Lynne Truss is a writer and journalist who started out as a literary editor with a blue pencil and then got sidetracked. The author of three novels and numerous radio comedy dramas, she spent six years as the television critic of The Times of London, followed by four (rather peculiar) years as a sports columnist for the same newspaper. She won Columnist of the Year for her work for Women’s Journal. Lynne Truss also hosted Cutting a Dash, a popular BBC Radio 4 series about punctuation. She now reviews books for the Sunday Times of London and is a familiar voice on BBC Radio 4. She lives in Brighton, England.From AudioFile:
Lynne Truss immediately admits that the "zero tolerence" approach she adopted for punctuation in EATS, SHOOTS & LEAVES would not work in the world of manners. In a bright and conversational style Truss tells us precisely how rudeness reigns and common courtesies are mangled in today's culture. Her columns in London's DAILY TELEGRAM are the source for much of the program, but Truss has cleverly woven in readers' feedback and uses examples of insulting behavior that both American and British listeners can relate to. The resulting program is hilarious, but before you've finished laughing, Truss is briskly on to the next. Underlying the furious pace and sharp wit, Truss raises interesting questions of civic responsibility. Should we stay home and bolt the door? R.F.W. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Descripción BBC Audio, 2005. Estado de conservación: Good. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Nº de ref. de la librería GRP88420034
Descripción BBC Audio. Audiobook CASSETTE. Estado de conservación: Good. 0563504293 Minor wear to egdes of cover and case. Nº de ref. de la librería J0017298