Mingling with the Enemy: A Social Survival Guide for Our Divided Era

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New Harbinger Publications
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6.0 X 8.8 X 0.6 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Jeanne Martinet is author of eight other books, including The Art of Mingling, which has been published worldwide and has sold more than 150,000 copies in the US. She has been featured in TheNew York Times, Salon, The Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, and The Washington Post, as well as in many other publications. Martinet has shared her humor and mingling know-how on hundreds of TV and radio shows, including NBC's The Today Show, and NPR's Morning Edition. She lives, writes, and mingles in New York City, NY.


"Martinet (The Art of Mingling), a Huffington Post blogger, delivers an enjoyable primer on the art of conversation. Aiming to help readers strike up discussions with those of differing political views, she provides tips for guiding conversations in a neutral manner, as well as tactics to help readers confidently walk into any setting and avoid hostility. For those entering potentially contentious conversational terrain, she suggests using questions or leading statements to help ferret out a person's political leanings, points out warning signs of "conversational doom," and provides strategies for de-escalating triggering conversations. Martinet also includes tips on how to avoid attracting negative reactions when posting on social media, such as considering one's motives, remaining civil, and checking facts. Throughout, she acknowledges there is a time and place for hard conversations and that it takes two calm, open-minded people to have a productive debate. This handy guide couldn't be more timely."
--Publishers Weekly-- "Publishers Weekly" (9/30/2020 12:00:00 AM)
"In this age of discord and disconnection, so many of us struggle to engage with others on even the most basic level. In Mingling with the Enemy, Jeanne Martinet wisely advises readers on how to navigate even the trickiest social landmines with skill, grace, and humor. The strategies and advice in this book are timely, relevant, and actionable; this is the adulting manual I want to give to everyone I know!"
--Carla Naumburg, PhD, author of How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t with Your Kids--Carla Naumburg, PhD
"In Mingling with the Enemy, Jeanne Martinet offers a powerful antidote to rising incivility, intolerance, and outright hate. This insightful book is lucid, compelling, and above all, timely."
--Maggie Jackson, author of Distracted--Maggie Jackson
"Mingling with the Enemy is a timely and useful book. Martinet does a wonderful job of exposing the social costs of our polarized era, and she offers a number of sensible tips for helping us, if not overcome our differences, at least learn to understand them better. Civil conversation of course is not a cure-all, but, as Martinet shows, it is a necessary step toward a more productive political discourse--and a step away from the brink."
--Ulrich Boser, author of The Leap--Ulrich Boser
"Jeanne Martinet offers a much-needed guide to surviving today's growing 'partisan phobia.' Using examples from everyday social situations, Martinet outlines clever and practical tools to help navigate, and even disarm, politically divisive topics. Her fun, conversational style makes this an enjoyable and accessible read for anyone who is tired of fighting, and instead wants to connect more meaningfully across the aisle."
--Anatasia S. Kim, PhD, associate professor of clinical psychology at The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA; and author of It's Time to Talk (and Listen)--Anatasia S. Kim, PhD,