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Mark Twain's Helpful Hints for Good Living: A Handbook for the Damned Human Race | [Lin Salamo (editor), Victor Fischer (editor), Michael B. Frank (editor), Mark Twain]

Mark Twain's Helpful Hints for Good Living: A Handbook for the Damned Human Race

Irreverent, charming, and eminently quotable, this handbook - an eccentric etiquette guide for the human race - contains 69 aphorisms, anecdotes, whimsical suggestions, maxims, and cautionary tales from Mark Twain’s private and published writings. It dispenses advice and reflections on family life and public manners; opinions on topics such as dress, health, food, and childrearing and safety; and more specialized tips, such as those for dealing with annoying salesmen and burglars.
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Irreverent, charming, and eminently quotable, this handbook - an eccentric etiquette guide for the human race - contains 69 aphorisms, anecdotes, whimsical suggestions, maxims, and cautionary tales from Mark Twain’s private and published writings. It dispenses advice and reflections on family life and public manners; opinions on topics such as dress, health, food, and childrearing and safety; and more specialized tips, such as those for dealing with annoying salesmen and burglars.

Culled from Twain’s personal letters, autobiographical writings, speeches, novels, and sketches, these pieces are delightfully fresh, witty, startlingly relevant, and bursting with Twain’s characteristic ebullience for life. They also remind us exactly how Mark Twain came to be the most distinctive and well-known American literary voice in the world. These texts, some of them new or out of print for decades, have been selected and meticulously prepared by the editors at the Mark Twain Project.

©1991 1997, and 2001 by Richard A. Watson and JP Morgan Chase Bank as Trustees of the Mark Twain Foundation. 2004 by the Regents of the University of California (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“This wonderful book illustrates precisely why we can never have enough Twain. His humor is timeless, his wisdom about all things without equal.” (Ken Burns, American director and producer)

“This is a masterfully edited compendium that does Twain proud. It captures the note-taking, aphorism-creating, angry-letter-writing essence of Twain’s brain in a way essential, I think, to understanding the man, and by extension, the history of the United States and the nature of life on Earth.” (Dave Eggers)

“This book is a delightful read all the way through.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

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    tracy POWAY, CA, United States 09-23-13
    tracy POWAY, CA, United States 09-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Mark Twain is Hilarious!"

    Mark Twain is insightful and funny and no matter how much time passes his work will still be relevant. He just gets people, and he knows how to take everyday stories and bring out the humor in them. I loved it!

    25 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Michael chico, CA, United States 05-09-14
    Michael chico, CA, United States 05-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "good read, not for listening"
    What disappointed you about Mark Twain's Helpful Hints for Good Living?

    Would be a great reference book for quotes, not really a book to listen to.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gregg Smyrna, GA, United States 04-06-14
    Gregg Smyrna, GA, United States 04-06-14 Member Since 2007

    An Audible fan about to pass 500 titles in my library.

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    "Horrible, horrible, bad, bad, bad"

    I'm a huge Twain fan, but not of this audio "book". This is a compilation of Mark Twain's writings put together by a bunch of editors. Purchased on special for $1.99 I feel ripped off.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    A. Yoshida Pasadena, CA USA 04-11-14
    A. Yoshida Pasadena, CA USA 04-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Silly and funny"

    I didn't realize that Mark Twain had such a witty and whimsical writing style. The book is filled with random stories of seeing life from a different perspective (not really a handbook). It contains silly suggestions like "Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society." It's an entertaining little book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Gannon Lutz, FL United States 04-19-14
    Amanda Gannon Lutz, FL United States 04-19-14 Member Since 2013

    Engineer in business school. I appreciate every genre but find business/professional reading and epic fantasy best suited to audio format.

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    "Well read, funny short stories by Mark Twain."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was entertaining. Good for a commute as you can easily pause and pick it up again. Well read.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Toronto, Ontario, Canada 04-13-14
    Gary Toronto, Ontario, Canada 04-13-14 Member Since 2008

    Professional audio producer, interested in any story well told.

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    "Good Living, Good Listening"
    Any additional comments?

    Bravo to the academics who collated and collected Twain essays for this piece, and bravo that it finally has become an audio book. Twain's mellifluous linguistic prestidigitation benefits greatly from oral application, and this engaging dispensation satiates and satisfies both in intensity and dosage. Apply liberally.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Santa Clara, CA, United States 04-10-14
    Scott Santa Clara, CA, United States 04-10-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A real hoot!"

    From now on, whenever the damned human race drives me crazy, this the book I'll be reaching for.
    These here Mark Twain scholars have put together a delightful collection of anecdotes, stories, wit, and wisdom from the pen of the man himself. No one else could have written this stuff. It's funny, irreverent, insightful, and cantankerous. Real fun.
    Plus, they got Grover Gardner to read it, and ya' can't do better than that.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    christa 06-11-14
    christa 06-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Hilarious!"
    Would you listen to Mark Twain's Helpful Hints for Good Living again? Why?

    Yes, it was absolutely funny!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I had no idea that Mr. Clements could be so down to earth and his perception of every days ordinary living will bring a smile to your face. Great writing as well


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    E R COFFMAN Charlotte, North Carolina United States 05-15-14
    E R COFFMAN Charlotte, North Carolina United States 05-15-14 Member Since 2007
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    Where does Mark Twain's Helpful Hints for Good Living rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This collection of Mark Twain reflections is entertainment to have available to listen to while traveling or with friends. In this way it is quite different from the novels and non-fiction that I usually listen to.


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    K. Winebold IA, USA 04-27-14
    K. Winebold IA, USA 04-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "LOLL (laugh out loud, literally!)"

    Dead over a hundred years and his writing still amazes, both for his mastery and humor, and for his relevance. Doesn't matter which of his works I'm reading, that is always what I come away with. Absolute awe.
    For this collection, I'm actually having trouble recalling the individual pieces (but it's early and I haven't had my coffee yet), but I do remember having to explain myself for literally laughing out loud on more than one occasion. For both my colleagues at work and for my fellow diners (and for most American's, come to think of it), one word of explanation is usually enough:

    "Twain."

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "dull, dull, dull"

    I like Mark Twain but got nothing from this, it just sounds like a cantankerous old man writing little columns for newspapers.

    stick with the books!!

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