Reviewed by Sara Drake

Social Q’s: How to Survive the Quirks, Quandaries and Quagmires of Today offers insight into polite ways of dealing with difficult situations. Philip Galanes writes an advice column for the New York Times, “Social Qs,” as well as appearing regularly on the Today Show. This book grew out of his advice columns, based on the most common questions his readers sent him.

He addresses social etiquette questions that arise from our modern world. Have you ever wondered if you should tell someone about their really bad BO? Have you ever wanted ideas on how to handle a difficult boss? Do you spend the holiday season confused by how to handle the social obligations? This book has the answers and much more. Galanes offers his advice with a mixture of humor and pragmatism, making this book an enjoyable read.

As someone who frequently finds myself baffled in social situations, I looked forward to reading Social Q’s. I had high expectations of finding some common sense advice on how to navigate my way though awkward situations more gracefully. This book did not disappoint. I have even found occasions to put the book’s advice into practice since I read it, which is the highest praise I can offer an advice book.

I enjoyed the quirky sense of fun that permeates Social Q’s, making it a delight to turn each page. I eagerly read on to discover the next situation, the next snafu, and the next bit of wisdom. I loved that the author presented “rules” with each set of situations providing a guide to handling similar situations, as I tend to think logically and prefer clear rules to fuzzy judgment calls. In fact, I took pleasure in this book from cover to cover, I rare event for me.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Check out Philip Galanes’ website to learn more

Sara Drake has been an avid reader since a young age. She has both a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and a Master’s in History.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Simon & Schuster. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.