Gracious (Hardcover)

A Practical Primer on Charm, Tact, and Unsinkable Strength

By Kelly Williams Brown

Rodale Books, 9781623367978, 256pp.

Publication Date: April 4, 2017

List Price: 22.99*
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So you’re adulting. Now what? New York Times bestselling author of Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps Kelly Williams Brown is here to tell you what, with her 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, well, basic decency. It’s not about memorizing every rule of traditional etiquette (though there is something to be said about a lovely hand-written invitation) or being the perfect hostess. It’s about approaching the world with compassion, conviction, and self-confidence—and it makes all the difference, whether you're at a Fancy Schmancy Intimidating Work Occasion or at the convenience store. Gracious provides tips to help you deal with the people and circumstances that challenge all of us (pushy relatives, internet trolls), and thoughtful discussions on being the highest version of yourself.

Graciousness, at its heart, is the ability to be truly present to the humans around you, to face the world with a generous heart and a core of strength that’s never corroded. Even when you get rude comments from Internet strangers (hot tip: you don’t give a lot of credibility to someone screaming obscenities at you on the street, so why do it online?)

We can’t control the world, or other humans, or even how we feel in a given moment. The only thing we can control is our words and actions, and when we act deliberately and with kindness, it makes everything better.

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.

Praise For Gracious: A Practical Primer on Charm, Tact, and Unsinkable Strength

“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