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“A dashing and entertaining little book.” —Liz Smith, New York Post
The Art and Power of Being a Lady
By Noelle Cleary
Grove Press
978-0-8021-3941-2 • $16.00 • Paperback • Oct. 2002
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A guide to life that reclaims the word "lady"—and calls for a return to the respect and civility that are sorely lacking in modern life

"I think a lady is someone who shows grace under pressure, a lady is someone who can assert herself without being perceived as harsh, a lady is someone who gets the job done without sacrificing femininity."—Paula Zahn

"Lady": the word brings to mind a host of associations, probably many undesirably restrictive and outmoded. And best-sellers like A Return to Modesty, For Common Things, and even The Rules tout a return to traditional values that for most modern women sounds more like a return to the bondage of the nineteenth century. No, thank you.

Enter The Art and Power of Being a Lady. Civility, grace, elegance, self-respect, and respect for others—all of these are qualities exemplified by powerful women, not doormats. They are timeless values that some of our greatest icons—from Rosa Parks and Audrey Hepburn to Oprah Winfrey and Madeleine Albright—have exemplified. These traits serve a lady in all of her doings—from throwing a spectacular dinner to giving a speech before the House of Representatives to getting her significant other to do the dishes. Being a lady is about knowing what you're worth and about knowing you shouldn't be asked to do everything. It's about rewarding those who do you a good turn and knowing that the best response to the rest of them is to rise above it. It is the grace that makes a busy life easier, and the power to say no when it's necessary. In that light, being a lady sounds pretty good. The Art and Power of Being a Lady is the book that will help every woman achieve it.

"A sense of priorities, of social responsibility . . . To live life paying attention is really critical. . . . I think someone who behaves elegantly is someone who pays great attention."—Candice Bergen on what makes a lady

A Lady Does:
Know she's a catch
Recognize that being late is stealing time from other people
Know the difference between assertive and rude
Treat service people with respect and gratitude
Know how and when to flirt
Handle a breakup or an awkward social situation gracefully
Value communication and discretion in all relationships
Know how to party—and how to throw a great party
Set an example for others
Engage in acts of kindness and generosity

A Lady Doesn't
Stay silent when someone is being hurtful
Wait for a man to open the door for her (but thanks him if he does)
Forget the boundaries of PDA
Ever let someone drive while intoxicated
Groom at the table
Ever forget that her friends are her most precious asset
Let a man beat her at sports when she's a better player
Date her friends' exes
Renege on an invite if she gets a better offer
Sell herself short

Ten Who Are Ladies:
Madeleine Albright
Candice Bergen
Mia Hamm
Audrey Hepburn
Lauryn Hill
Oprah Winfrey
Rosa Parks
Julia Roberts
Liz Smith
Paula Zahn

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