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In Beverly Hills, fame and wealth can buy everything except class, grace, and sophistication. In Beverly Hills Manners, Lisa Gache offers a behind-the-scenes look at the unique social dilemmas of the residents of the hills of Beverly through the eyes of an etiquette expert tasked with transforming her awkward, boorish, and sometimes challenging clients into social virtuosos. From Saudi princesses to Oscar winners, talent agents to intelligence operatives, child actresses, butlers, and football players, Lisa has amassed an astounding roster. She’s taught Oscar nominees how to successfully navigate the red carpet, sorority girls to use forks and knives, and NFL coaches to shake hands. In this book, she reflects on those experiences to teach you how to present yourself as a respectable professional in real-world situations. Beverly Hills Manners covers more than just table manners. It includes advice on what Lisa calls Child Wrangling “laying down the law as parents when it comes to cliques, bullying, and cattiness and netiquette, a vital new discipline in tune with every type of social media. You’ll also learn how to gracefully conduct yourself during life’s most trying moments, such as comforting a friend on the loss of a loved one or agreeing to help a family member who may be down on his luck.

©2013, 2014 Lisa Gache. Originally published as 24 Karat Etiquette. (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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It's a great book- if you're an insecure teenager

This book was so disappointing I don't even know where to begin. It pictures the saddest, most insecure and futile image of a person I've ever seen. It's all about "what will others think about you" and "will doing this reduce my popularity?" one example? "(...)Do not give your finger to others while driving. You never know who this person is, and you might have just given the finger to your interviewer". Sure. We all know etiquette isn't about being polite and dignifying yourself by treating others with dignity. It's all about taking advantage somehow.
This isn't an actual etiquette book. I can count on my fingers the amount of actual etiquette tips I could extract. This seems to have been written by a frustrate high schooler.
Now, you must be thinking; 'Oh, but that's because you don't understand Beverly Hills!'. Sir/madam, with all the respect, I live in one of the most exclusive communities of the world in which Ferraris and mansions aren't a big deal. I understand that wherever we live there will always be superficial people who care more about their outfit than if they have a nasty attitude. It doesn't mean these people are role models. The author constantly says there is always someone "alpha" wherever we are and she gives us tips to impress/not upset them. The level of obsession with being accepted into a group made essentially of superficial people is so high it's hard to believe a grown up woman wrote it.
All the advices are just about looks even if it contradicts principles of elegance, such as "In Beverly Hills dressing down is what really draws attention. If you leave your house wearing ripped jeans, flip flops and sweatshirts people will think you're trying to avoid paparazzi". Do I need to keep giving examples of how ridiculous this book is?
Extra credit! (Dis)honorable mentions: 1-So many drugs references like it's a cool thing. Sure, let's drive our Mercedes and do Xanax. Because drug jokes are so classy and appropriate in a book about etiquette AND
2- Talking about Mercedes, the author seems to have an obsession about mentioning brand names. We get it, you're trying to be the cool kid. But throwing brand names like it's a big deal just shows best case scenario how unused to money you are. Worst case scenario how much you feel the need to brag in order to feel better about your life. Utterly sad on both cases.
Conclusion: If you don't live in Beverly Hills, skip this book and save your money. If you live in Beverly Hills, skip this book and save your money (and sense of dignity).

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Laugh out loud and great tips on manners

This is an entertaining manners book. You don’t have to live in Beverly Hills to appreciate the amusing moments. Practical advice for every occasion whether interviewing for a job or meeting the parents. I’ve used it to prepare for a date and practice walking in high heels.

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WASTE OF MONEY

Silly...waste of time and money. I stopped listening after 2nd chapter.
"Sit up straight" DUH! How to walk in heels...another DUH! Different types of handshakes etc.....

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  • Fort Lee, NJ, United States
  • 02-08-15

Thorough and exceptionally practical

Well written, comprehensive and relevant - this book also me laugh and consider what I really find to be important in life. If you want a fluffy niche vanity tutorial do not read this. But if you want a superbly crafted, current life guide then you're in luck.

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