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The Thinking Life

Choosing Civility

St. Martin’s Griffin
Paperback
192 pages • $12.99
ISBN: 978-0-312-62572-6

How to Thrive in the Age of Distraction

P. M. Forni

“[Forni] offers sound advice on how to incorporate thinking into a hectic lifestyle.”—Portland Book Review

Professor Forni, founder of the Civility Initiative at Johns Hopkins, is America’s civility expert. In his first two books, Choosing Civility and The Civility Solution, he taught readers the rules of civil behavior and ways of responding to rudeness. Now, in The Thinking Life, he looks at the importance of thinking in our lives: how we do it, why we don’t do enough of it and why we need to do more of it.

In twelve short chapters, he gives readers a remedy for the Age of Distraction, an age fueled by the internet, video games, smartphones, and tablets—all of which make constant demands on our attention, diverting it from one thing to another. “Mr. Forni goes into great detail about how to make good decisions, ones made critically, ethically and rationally. His advice is simple but non-patronizing as he instructs on how to avoid emotional decisions while thinking things through. The book winds down by making the case that the practice of true thinking, when placed at the center of one’s life, can make for a much more rewarding life experience . . . P.M. Forni’s book should help anyone who wants to learn how to think in the din of endless cable news channels, cellphone conversations, Facebook obsession and tweeting.”—Perry Munyon, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

P.M. ForniP. M. Forni is a professor at Johns Hopkins University. He is author of Choosing Civility, The Civility Solution, and The Thinking Life. His work has been featured in The New York Times and The Washington Post. He has appeared on NPR and Oprah. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Thinking Life has been adopted for First-Year Experience programs at:

Cincinnati Christian University; Coppin State University (MD), Martin Methodist College (TN)

Choosing Civility

Choosing Civility

St. Martin’s Griffin
Paperback
208 pages • $12.99
ISBN: 978-0-312-30250-4

The Twenty-five Rules of Considerate Conduct

P. M. Forni

“A slim but powerful book.”—Linell Smith, The Baltimore Sun

Most of us would agree that thoughtful behavior and common decency are in short supply, or simply forgotten in hurried lives of e-mails, cellphones, and multitasking. Forni’s book identifies and explains twenty-five rules that are most essential for our connecting effectively and happily with others. He provides examples of how to put each rule into practice and so make life—and the lives of others—more enjoyable, companionable, and rewarding.

P.M. ForniP. M. Forni is a professor at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of Choosing Civility, The Civility Solution, and The Thinking Life. His work has been featured in The New York Times and The Washington Post. He has appeared on NPR and Oprah. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Choosing Civility has been adopted for First-Year Experience programs at:

Clayton State University (GA); Frank Phillips College (TX); Grand Rapids Community College (MI); Howard Community College (MD); Johnson C. Smith University (NC); Kalamazoo Valley Community College (MI); Lynn University (FL); Mount Union College (OH); Muskingum College (OH); New York Institute of Technology; Occidental College (CA); Pennsylvania State University, Berks; San Diego Mesa College; Southern Utah State University; Spelman College (GA); St. Cloud State University (MN); SUNY, Potsdam; University of West Georgia

The Civility Solution

Civility Solution

St. Martin’s Griffin
Paperback
192 pages • $12.99
ISBN: 978-0-312-36964-4

What to Do When People Are Rude

P. M. Forni

“Forni will be remembered as one of the greatest generals in our nation’s struggle for civility.”—Smithsonian magazine

Though confronted with rudeness every day, many people don’t know how to respond. P. M. Forni shows how to respond to others’ negative behavior by being assertive as well as civil. In doing so, he suggests that the cycle of rudeness can be broken. In a simple and practical handbook, Forni takes a closer look at the challenges of human interaction and presents logical solutions that reinforce good behavior and make our world a more civil place. “Though his new book deals with many kinds of incivility, Dr. Forni has devoted a sizeable chunk of it to workplace and high-tech rudeness . . . his approach to incivility is rooted in his academic career researching and teaching Italian literature. Some fundamentals of good behavior, he says, go back hundreds of years.”—The Wall Street Journal

P.M. Forni

P. M. Forni is a professor at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of Choosing Civility, The Civility Solution, and The Thinking Life. His work has been featured in The New York Times and The Washington Post. He has appeared on NPR and Oprah. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.