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Millenial Manners Maven Shows the World What It Means to be "Gracious"

Loyola press release - April 5, 2017

New York Times bestselling author of "Adulting" and Loyola alumna Kelly Williams Brown '06 releases "Gracious," a Practical Primer on Charm, Tact, and Unsinkable Strength

Grace is something that so many of us admire, yet we imagine that it’s an inborn quality we can never have. Not so! Anyone can be gracious – it costs nothing more than a little bit of time. In her new book Gracious: A Practical Primer on Charm, Tact, and Unsinkable Strength, Loyola alumna Kelly Williams Brown '06 shows readers that being gracious isn’t about manners or style alone, but the ability to be truly present to the humans around you.

The book sets out to revive the practice of graciousness in daily life and is packed with tools and observations that will help anyone exude this universally beloved quality, no matter the circumstance. With the wisdom of gracious folk from around the country, Brown explains the perspective, actions, and sometimes inaction that help us move smoothly and effectively through whatever life tosses at us. Brown covers everything from Facebook etiquette to being a gracious houseguest to being gracious to yourself, all with her unique humor and personality we came to love in her first book, Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps.

Gracious is a charming, funny guide to modern civility – something that many of us are desperate for in today’s world of vast political differences. Graciousness is practicing the arts of kindness, thoughtfulness, good manners, humanity, and basic decency. As a bonus, it makes your life and even the world (or at least the room you’re in) much lovelier.

It’s not about memorizing every rule of traditional etiquette or spending all your time maintaining a spotless house. Whether it’s standing up for what you believe in while also listening to other points of view, making a surprise guest feel welcome, or just maintaining your serenity while waiting in an endless queue, graciousness is a quality that everyone could use a little help with. But the good news is that it is a skill that can be honed, practiced, and taught to anybody. We can all, one moment at a time, practice and perfect our graciousness and, in doing so, elevate being a human to an art form.

About the Author:

Kelly Williams Brown is the New York Times bestselling author of Adulting: How to Become a Grown Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps," which has been translated into nine languages. Previously, she was a features reporter and an award-winning humor columnist for the Statesman Journal, a daily newspaper in Salem, Oregon, which is where she lives now with her dog, Eleanor, who may in fact be a Muppet.

Her work has appeared on or in the New York Times, the Today Show, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Esquire, The Boston Globe, Fast Company and many more, and been translated into seven languages. The Washington Post called her "a Millennial advice-guru," and her TEDx Talk, "I'm a Millennial, and I am a Monster" was a TED.com editor's pick of the week. She's also spoken at NASA, universities across the country and was invited to the White House to facilitate a conversation about student loans with President Obama in partnership with Tumblr.

She has also worked as a long-form features writer, a humor columnist for The Daily Beast, a cocktail waitress on Bourbon Street, and for several years covered rural Mississippi for a daily newspaper, which has left her with a lifetime supply of ridiculous anecdotes to tell at cocktail parties.

Brown graduated in 2006 from Loyola University New Orleans' award-winning School of Mass Communication. Her first book Adulting, "a guide for millennials in managing the stormy seas of adulthood," catapulted her to internatio
nal success.