A Practical Primer on Charm, Tact, and Unsinkable Strength: Including instructions on being kind when you don’t feel like it, ignoring the Internet and/or disarming trolls, and generally staying serene and sensible in a world that is neither

By Kelly Williams Brown

On Sale: 4/14/2017
Category: Self-Help
Trim Size: 5-1/2 x 8-7/16
Pages: 256

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ISBN: 9781623367985

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About Gracious

From New York Times bestselling author of Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps Kelly Williams Brown comes a funny, charming guide to modern civility in these—yes, we’ll say it—rather uncivil times.

Graciousness is practicing the arts of kindness, thoughtfulness, good manners, humanity, and basic decency. As a bonus, it makes your life and even the world (or at least the room you’re in) much lovelier.

It’s not about memorizing every rule of traditional etiquette to a T (though there is so much there to explore!) or spending all your time maintaining a spotless house. It’s about approaching the world with compassion, conviction, self-confidence, and whole-heartedness, whether you’re at the Met Gala or saying good morning to a convenience store clerk.

From chatting easily with anyone to mastering the subtleties of social media etiquette (hint: block early, block often), Brown has talked to gracious women and men all over the country to give you easy ways to embody your own graciousness.

Throughout the book, she provides tips on how to deal with the people and circumstances that challenge even the most socially graceful among us, advice on how to practice graciousness in everyday life, and thoughtful discussions on being kind to those around you without ever losing your sense of self.

With the wisdom of gracious folk ranging from celebrities to the author’s mother-in-law, this book explains the perspective, actions—and, sometimes, inaction—that help us move smoothly and effectively through whatever life tosses at us.

Praise for Gracious

“Kelly Williams Brown’s Gracious reads the way a phone call with a best friend feels. The notions she puts forth about living a gracious life are both aspirational and attainable. And let’s face it, there is nothing better than talking about genuinely good—and attainable—ideals for humanity with a heavy dose of “the one time I did mushrooms” and “His momma didn’t raise him right.”
—Lizzie Post, The Emily Post Institute

About the Author

Kelly Williams Brown is the founder of the popular Tumblr,, and the New York Times bestselling author of Adulting. Previously, she was a features reporter and an award-winning humor columnist for the Statesman Journal, a daily newspaper in Salem, Oregon. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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