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What your mother, Oprah, and Martha never told you Let's face it: we live in a complicated world. Lands' End has a swimsuit anxiety zones area on its website; a moisturizer can cost more than a weekend in Paris; they can send a man and a monkey into space, but they still can't find a cure for split ends. Clearly, we all need essential life skills and operating instructions. But why should you have to learn from hard-won experience when Stephanie Pierson is willing to give you her vast life experience and wisdom (and share some of her more humiliating life lessons)? This smart, funny, fabulous book will get you everything from a juicier chicken to a less hostile hairdresser. Read it and you will know what not to order from room service (eggs Benedict) to what never goes out of fashion (a crisp white shirt) to what is never in fashion (socks and Birkenstocks worn together). You'll know when a man isn't a keeper (he knows more Sondheim lyrics than you do), how to buy a house (location, location, location), how to assess an Oriental rug (condition, condition, condition), how to get the best price from the wedding caterer (say it's for a funeral), and how to get the dog in a custody battle (keep a dog-walking journal).
Is it okay to text bad news? What do you do if you and your intended already have hyphenated last names? Is it gauche to take home leftovers from a four-star restaurant? Should you admit you are getting your MBA online? Is it okay to ask a lesbian how she got pregnant? Who gets the dog in the divorce? Is an anti-wrinkle cream that is made of pig collagen kosher? You will always have a clue with expert advice from: Badgley Mischka, designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka Rick Bayless, chef Colin Cowie, event producer Bethenny Frankel, author and star ofThe Real Housewives of New York City Arianna Huffington, editor in chief of The Huffington Post Daniel Jones, editor of theNew York Times"Modern Love" column Louis Licari, hairstylist Danny Meyer, restaurateur Marion Nestle, nutritionist Carley Roney, cofounder of TheKnot. com Paul Saffo, technology forecaster and futurist Pepper Schwartz, Ph. D. , sociologist and relationship expert Deborah Tannen, language expert Erik Torkells, editor for TripAdvisor. com Plus a dean of admissions, a leading dermatologist, a dog trainer, a founder of an online dating site, and other experts on what to do when no one has a clue.