Dr. P.M. Forni is an award-winning professor of Italian Literature at Johns Hopkins University. In 2000 he founded The Civility Initiative at Johns Hopkins and over the years has continued to teach courses on the theory and history of manners. Reports on his work have appeared on "The New York Times," "The Times" of London, "The Washington Post," "The Wall Street Journal," and "The Los Angeles Times." He has been a on a number of radio and television shows, including ABC's World News Tonight, CBS Sunday Morning and BBC's Outlook. For years he was a regular on-the-air contributor to the Baltimore NPR affiliate station and the nationally syndicated radio show 'The Satellite Sisters.' Most of us would agree that thoughtful behavior and common decency are in short supply, or simply forgotten in hurried lives of e-mails, cell phones, and multitasking. In "Choosing Civility," P. M. Forni identifies the twenty-five rules that are most essential in connecting effectively and happily with others. In clear, witty, and thoughtful sections, Forni covers topics that include
--think twice before asking favors
--give constructive criticism
--refrain from idle complaints
--don't shift responsibility and blame
--care for your guests
--accept and give praise.
Finally, Forni provides examples of how to put each rule into practice and so make life--and the lives of others--more enjoyable, companionable, and rewarding.
"Choosing Civility" is a simple, practical, and wise book whose philosophies can be applied to all areas of our lives. ""Choosing Civility" is a beautiful book that lifts the spirit, warms the heart, and provides clear direction for a balanced life."--Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, Ed.D., Ph.D., author of "The Power of Empathy " "Required reading at many faculty-development seminars and civility campaigns."--"Baltimore Sun" ""Choosing Civility" is a beautiful book that lifts the spirit, warms the heart, and provides clear direction for a balanced life."--Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, Ed.D., Ph.D., author of "The Power of Empathy "
"One of those rare gems . . . this book is about how we ought to treat each other. What could be more important than that?"--Edward Hallowell, M.D., author of "Connect" and "The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness"
"A slim but powerful book."--Linell Smith, "The Baltimore Sun "
"Professor Forni explodes the popular academic myth that people who are polite simply don't know any better."--Judith Martin (Miss Manners)