Monday, February 15, 2010

Review: Not So Common Courtesy by Mitzi Taylor

Where in the world did Common Courtesy go?! I don't want to ruin this story for you, but I found out Common Courtesy is dying a slow and painful death. I want it back, so welcome to my journey. I did find pockets of courtesy here and there that are fairly healthy, but it is definitely no longer 'common'. Common Courtesy used to describe behaviors that everyone was expected to know and practice, hence the word 'common'. There was a personal accountability to being courteous. Your manners and etiquette were not just about how you treated others, it was a show of your attitude in general. This book is about finding Common Courtesy and putting it back on the road to good health. Topics include: Communication Courtesy, Public Places, Traveling and Personal Courtesy. I have made this interactive for the reader (e.g. sign the front of the book, adding ideas in certain sections, Pass-it-Along Pages, etc.). Have fun! As Gandhi would and did say, "Be the change you want to see in the world."

Received from the author for review.

This was deliciously frank and, sadly, sorely needed. I really think everyone should carry an extra copy or two of this to hand out to the next individual you encounter who is common courtesy challenged. Of course, if you actually did you'd probably give away a case a day!

The portion on cell phone usage was particularly relevant due to their ubiquitous presence in daily life. Four words – Paris Hilton sex tape. Enough said.

This one gets four stars. It was lovely, funny, and very well done. It is certainly highly recommended either for your own personal refresher course, or as a not so subtle gift.

★★★★ = Really Liked It


Ryan G said...

Sounds like an intersting read. One of the reasons I decided to not renew my cell phone contract was how obnoxious I find other people who constatnly need to use them in public. I've been cell phone free for almost 10 months and I love it.

Rhonda W. Geneva said...

Very insightful book . . . I also loved the authors sense of humor through the story telling.

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