Does the mere thought of engaging in small talk strike fear into your heart? Do you ever steer clear of social events just so you'll be able to avoid the awkward silence that inevitably descends when you run out of chit-chat? If so, you need the comprehensive and straightforward advice that Mary Greer Conklin dispenses in Conversation: What to Say and How to Say It. A must-read for shy or socially challenged readers.
"the best book, I tell you, Il Cortegiano by Castiglione, grew up at the little court of Urbino, and you should read it." Il Cortegiano was first published by the Aldine Press at Venice, in 1528. Before the close of the century more than one hundred editions saw the light; French, Spanish, English, and German versions followed each other in rapid succession
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