Better than Beauty: A Guide to Charm

Better than Beauty: A Guide to Charm

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Chronicle Books resuscitates the long-lost art of charm with this classic compendium of hints, tips, and tricks guaranteed to boost anyones charm quotient. First published in 1938, this delightful handbook is overflowing with timeless advice to guide readers through a maze of social interactions with wit and grace. More than an etiquette or personal grooming book, Better than Beauty tackles complicated social situations with delicacy: How to be kind to atrocious people How to avoid the gossip mill How many drinks is too many drinks How to deflect unwanted advances from married men How much to tip And much, much more With good humor, authors Helen Valentine and Alice Thompson offer straightforward charm counsel, making it a cinch to win the admiration of friends, family, and suitors. Featuring original artwork, Better than Beauty proves that charm never, ever goes out of style.

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ISBN-13: 9781452103747
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date: 10/21/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 716,614
File size: 4 MB

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Better than Beauty: A Guide to Charm 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was published in 1938, but a lot of what's in it is timeless advice. Some of the specific fashion advice is a bit dated, or some social circumstances used as examples no longer have an exact equivalent, yet much of the advice offered is surprisingly modern. The author explains that good manners are nothing more than being kind to others around you. Such things as good personal hygiene, or polite table manners, or finding economical ways to be well-dressed, are done as much for consideration of others as for one's self respect. As the author puts it, "Charm springs from warmth, not etiquette," and that "...we are all just a group of human beings trying to live together " The book is short, and easy to read. Readers will need to apply elsewhere for more specific and up-to-date fashion and beauty advice, but the fundamental message of how to be kind yet not be a doormat is universally applicable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Provides timeless advice for women on how to be charming and its importance for career/life success.
eightambliss on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Better Than Beauty was originally written in 1938 (for example, one section mentions having a date under three dollars-someting that would be difficult to pull off today), and thus this explains why some of the advice may seem dated. However, the charming drawings remain cute and original, and the advice can be applied to any decade. Topics in Part One covered include how to dress, wear one's hair and look well-groomed. Part Two deals with manners, charm, relating to others, and how to be a good hostess/guest/all-around person.A timeless, cute read that has a well-deserved place among etiquette books on today's bookshelves.
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This isn't a modern book about being charming. This is a book about why women should be quiet, closed mouthed arm-candy. In fact, it's stated purpose from the very beginning is to help women disappear into the background.
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