How to Survive the Quirks, Quandaries and Quagmires of Today
A cornerstone of The New York Times’s Styles section, Philip Galanes confronts today’s most awkward and pressing questions with laugh-out-loud dish and practical wisdom. Not only about the new ways to thank a friend for throwing you a bridal shower, or how to deal with a noisy neighbor, but also how to navigate a new age crowded with Tweets, twits, OMGs, and WTFs, Social Q’s is a knockout book that will guide you swiftly through the treacherous terrain of modern etiquette—and keep you laughing for days.
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- Simon & Schuster |
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- November 2011
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“SOCIAL Q'S by Philip Galanes is the one book you need to help guide you through some of life's toughest social challenges! It's smart, funny, and incredibly practical.”
– Peter Walsh, New York Times bestselling author of Lighten Up and It’s All Too Much
“SOCIAL Q'S by Philip Galanes is the one book you need to help guide you through some of life's toughest social challenges! It's smart, funny, and incredibly practical.”– Peter Walsh, New York Times bestselling author of Lighten Up and It’s All Too Much
“Philip knows his way around an awkward situation--but enough about us! ”– Kathie Lee & Hoda
“I love Philip Galanes’ New York Times column! And the book is a must! Social Q’s is a beacon of light in the foggy haze of today's world. ”– Jessica Seinfeld
“Consider SOCIAL Q's your funny, wise and indispensable guide for honing, improving and finessing YOU--your own special creation!”– George Wayne, contributing editor, Vanity Fair
“Zesty, zingy, zippy, zany. Everything I want to say about the funny and very talented Philip Galanes starts with the letter z. He and SOCIAL Q’S are truly zonderful.”– Henry Alford, humorist and author of How to Live: A Search for Wisdom from Old People (While They Are Still On This Earth)
“Life in the 21st century is one rude awakening after another. But now we have Philip Galanes’ SOCIAL Q’S to the rescue--very smart, very funny advice for sidestepping any etiquette A-bomb.”– Kendall Farr, author of The Pocket Stylist and Style Evolution
“Philip Galanes has made a name for himself as a weekly columnist doling out important advice on social etiquette and now has collected all this wisdom in one terrific book called Social Q's. But all this leaves me to wonder what an expert on social etiquette was thinking when he asked a busy woman in the throes of redecorating her apartment to take valuable time away from her rabbit to write a book blurb?”– Amy Sedaris
“Social Q's is a hilarious set of solutions to all the problems we're lucky to have. A must-read survival guide.”– Christian Landers, author of Stuff White People Like
Read an Excerpt
Not Your Mummy’s Advice Column
What should I do?
I get it all day long.
I’m pretty sure the woman who swims laps next to me at the Y is peeing in the pool. What should I do?
It started a few years back, when I began the Social Q’s advice column for the Sunday Styles section of the New York Times.
My boyfriend has an identical twin that I’m strangely hotter for than I am for him. What should I do?
Since then, the questions come faster than a drunken starlet behind the wheel of a speeding Maserati.
My dad seems to have... see more
Taking the “Woe” out of Co-Workers
Just Because You Sit Together Doesn’t Make You Besties
My name is James. I introduce myself as James and sign my name as James. But my co-workers always refer to me as “Jimmy.” I think the nickname conveys an image of immaturity, and is inappropriate with clients and other professionals. How do I get my colleagues to change the way they refer to me?
—James, Long Island, NY
Have you thought about wearing long pants to the office, and maybe leaving that... see more
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What are Social Q's? Watch to Find Out
Find out what Social Q's actually are and how to manage them with a Q&A session with author Philip Galanes.