The Art of Living with Style, Class and Grace
by Jordan Christy
Published by Hatchette Book Group—196 pages
This isn't going to be so much a book review as a LoveFest.
I love this book. I love everything about it.
I will confess, I bought it online thinking it was a book on fashion and was disappointed when I didn't find any pretty pictures. If author Jordan Christy ever reads this...I will be forever humiliated.
I wish I had this book in my tween time. Even high school or college would've been helpful. I looked to friends for style clues and sometimes I got it right, most times I didn’t. This book would have been invaluable.
In fact, within the first 30 pages I called everyone I know with a daughter to tell them they must read this book (always appreciated from someone without kids).
Christy's witty commentary dissects the lack of role models and social grace courtesy of Lindsay, Paris, Britney and the rest of the ditz-of-the-decade crew. Christy has put to paper what most over-30s have thought or said aloud when bombarded with the latest horrific MTV-Ryan-Seacrest-Kardashianesque-Girls-of-the-Playboy-Brothel offering.
What happened to style, grace and character? Christy notes how far we've come as women and how far we've regressed. In fact, this book is a modern day guide to old-fashioned etiquette. She makes it cool to bring it back. With hip, relevant references and genuine, helpful solutions to awkward social situations...all in less than 200 pages.
Have I said it? I love this book. Run, scratch that, step elegantly with head held high to the nearest bookstore.—Sada Vee