Friday, November 8, 2013

#BookReview: Rude Bitches Make Me Tired: Slightly Profane and Entirely Logical Answers to Modern Etiquette Dilemmas by Celia Rivenbark

Remember the other day when we talked about judging books by their covers and how you decide what to read? When I saw the title of this book, I didn't even care what the topic was, I had to read it.  It's like Celia Rivenbark knew just what I needed.

I'm no Miss Manners, but I do prefer polite society.  A quick glance at social media and face to face interactions with the public these days are enough proof that manners have gone by the wayside.  Luckily, Celia Rivenbark is here to get everyone back on track.  I read her 2006 book, Stop Dressing Your Six-Year-Old Like a Skank: And Other Words of Delicate Southern Wisdom, so I knew Rude Bitches would be right up my alley.

With just the right amount of wisdom and snark, Rivenbark answers questions in her inbox and delivers delightful gems such as:

Question: Is it ever okay to email condolences? I just learned that my cousin died, and while we weren't very close, I'd like to do something.

Oh, why not just text your condolences? You could say something like

Sorry 4 ur loss ):

I mean, why be so formal as a telephone call or a card or letter or flowers?  It's just a death, after all.  It's not like you forgot to DVR the season finale of The Voice.  

No.  It is not okay to email condolences. Ever.  

Other chapters of the book deal with topics I'm all too familiar with: rude airplane passengers and mommy friends.  For those of you that have kids, I can almost guarantee that you've been thrown together with other moms with which you have nothing in common, except that your kids are in the same class/activity/whatever.  And you make the best of the situation until you catch her stroking her chest hair as she talks to you (this actually happened to me) or in Celia's case, you find out your new BFF is a huge Rush Limbaugh fan.  In which case, you toss her a "bless your heart" and keep it moving.

If chapter titles like Gym Etiquette: Or, "Pardon Me, But Is This Your Ass Sweat?," "Get a Clue in the Loo: Restroom Etiquette for the Lasses," or "Office Manners: Loud Talkers, Cake Hawkers, and Britney Sue's Unfortunate Cyst" make you cackle just a wee bit, this is definitely the book for you.  And if they don't make you cackle, get thee a sense of humor.







288pp
Published: October 2013
Disclaimer: Copy of book received from publisher, opinions are my own.

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