Guests : Or, How to Survive Hospitality: The Classic Guidebook

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This humorous and kind-hearted little tome examines various facets of topics pertaining to 'guests'. In the first chapter, Lynes discusses the changing face of hospitality, from an older more formal time (when the rules were clear) to his time, when (as today) a more informal culture prevails, with some attending confusion. The second chapter is an unforgettable taxonomy of various types of cocktail party 'bores' (from the Crashing Bore to the boring Fascinating Conversationalist.) The third section examines the perils of inviting guests for a weekend country visit. In the final chapter, different types of hosts and hostesses are discussed and dissected, including the bossy, the shy, and those wearing slogan-emblazoned barbecue aprons.

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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 134 x 198 x 10mm | 181.44g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperPerennial
  • New YorkUnited States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0061706418
  • 9780061706417
  • 1,056,908

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"One of America's foremost arbiters of taste and mores... Essayist, social historian, photographer and Renaissance man, Mr. Lynes was an acclaimed expert on what was highbrow, what was lowbrow and what was no brow at all." -- New York Times

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About Russell Lynes

Russell Lynes (1910-1991) was an art historian, cultural critic, author, photographer, and managing editor of Harper's Magazine. His articles for Harper's and Life in 1949 made parsing American culture into highbrow, upper or lower middlebrow, and lowbrow a national pastime. He wrote many books, including Snobs and The Tastemakers.

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