Talk to the Hand by Lynne Truss
The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today, or Six Good Reasons to Stay Home and Bolt the Door

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"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.
 

About Lynne Truss

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LYNNE TRUSS is the author of the New York Times bestseller Talk to the Hand: The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today, or Six Good Reasons to Stay Home and Bolt the Door, and The Lynne Truss Treasury: Columns and Three Comic Novels . Eats, Shoots & Leaves, for which she won Britain’s Book of the Year Award, has sold over three million copies worldwide. Truss is a regular host on BBC Radio 4, a Times (London) columnist, and the author of numerous radio comedy dramas.
 
Published November 8, 2005 by Gotham. 206 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Young Adult, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Cooking, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Publishers Weekly

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This isn't a book about good manners, per se. Instead, the British author of Eats, Shoots and Leaves sets out "to mourn... the apparent collapse of civil

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The Guardian

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Talk to the Hand: The Utter Bloody Rudeness of Everyday Life by Lynne Truss Profile £6.99 The doyenne of punctuation is right, of course: people do jabber away on mobile phones, irrespective of whether they're an inch away from you in a tube train or actually supposed to be having lunch with you;

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Publishers Weekly

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Truss expounds on these themes with fine ire, mordant humor and many examples, but it must be said that the result is not so much a book as a heavily padded magazine article.

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Book Reporter

with ill-behaved children --- or is it children with incompetent.

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AV Club

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The author of Eats, Shoots & Leaves gets beyond grammar to find appalling breaches of courtesy in everyday life.

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The Independent

Truss states in her introduction that "The author apologises for the high incidence of the word 'Eff' in this book...

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The Bookbag

Apart from the fact that you're not a curmudgeon (old or otherwise) you will be the same, which is one of the reasons that Lynn Truss's book Talk to the Hand makes such wonderful reading.

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USA Today

Don't tell me what I Effing chose!' " For a book on manners, Truss does a lot of yelling, although she does apologize for the high incidence of the "Effing" euphemism in her book.

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