The official preppy handbook

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Author: Lisa Birnbach

Publisher: Workman Publishing

ISBN: 9780894801402

Category: Education

Page: 224

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A facetious guide to emulating the look, speech patterns, thinking, and lifestyle of those who attend prep schools and are a part of high society

True Prep

It's a Whole New Old World

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Author: Lisa Birnbach

Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated

ISBN: 0375712011

Category: Humor

Page: 248

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The author of "The Official Preppy Handbook" evaluates the world of preppies thirty years later, tracing how this generation has adapted to such modern challenges as the Internet, cell phones, and political correctness.

The I-hate-preppies handbook

a guide for the rest of us

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Author: Ralph Schoenstein

Publisher: Pocket Books

ISBN: 9780671437961

Category: Fiction

Page: 121

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A tongue-in-cheek comparison of the manners, language, recreation, education, and life styles of preppies and non-preppies

Social Climbers

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Author: Beth Dunn

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1438933614

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 316

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The Official Filthy Rich Handbook

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Author: Christopher Tennant

Publisher: Workman Publishing

ISBN: 0761147039

Category: Humor

Page: 247

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A hilarious guide to the world of the very rich furnishes whimsical advice on how to live large in the land of plenty, covering everything from the difference between a butler and a majordomo to guidelines on bodyguards, cosmetic procedures, and the world's best party locales. Original.

The BAP Handbook

The Official Guide to the Black American Princess

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Author: Ginger Wilson,Kalyn Johnson,Tracey Lewis,Karla Lightfoot

Publisher: Crown Archetype

ISBN: 0307432947

Category: Reference

Page: 224

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"Finally, a book about the Black American Princess! If you're already a BAP or just want to act like one, this book is for you!" — E. Lynn Harris, author of Not a Day Goes By In the bestselling tradition of The Official Preppy Handbook, here is a must-have manual for the BAP and those who love her. Black American Princess: 1 : a pampered female of African American descent, born to an upper-middle or upper-class family 2 : an African American female whose life experiences give her a sense of royalty and entitlement 3 : BAP (acronym) : colloquial expression 4 : an African American female accustomed to the best and nothing less. Drawn from hours of interviews, archival research, and frequent visits to Prada, The Black American Princess Handbook offers a rare behind-the-scenes look at this exclusive lifestyle. Your total guide to BAP speak, BAP style, and BAP history, this one-of-a-kind book explains everything you ever wanted know about living the BAP life–from breaking in a shop-a-phobic dad to planning a magical BAP debutante ball. In addition, you'll learn why a true BAP cleans her house before the housekeeper arrives, what to do if your Baby BAP wants to play sports, and whether it's OK for a relative to sing "I Believe I Can Fly" at a BAP wedding. Also featuring spot-the-BAP checklists, suggestions for top BAP colleges, a Who's Who of famous BAPs, a glossary (including essential French phrases), actual diary entries and e-mails from BAPS of all ages, and crucial chapters such as "It's High Noon-Do You Know Where Your Groove Is?" The Black American Princess Handbook is destined to become a coveted treasure for BAPs worldwide. And, published just in time for graduation, it's sure to be at the top of every BAP's shopping list. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Preppy

Cultivating Ivy Style

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Author: Jeffrey Banks,Doria De la Chapelle

Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications

ISBN: 0847836614

Category: Design

Page: 169

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Offers the history of the American preppie style, including its beginnings among male students at prestigious Ivy League schools, the female versions of the style, and its resurgence in the twenty-first century.

The Facebook Book

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Author: Greg Atwan,Evan Lushing

Publisher: Abrams

ISBN: 1613123582

Category: Humor

Page: 192

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The Facebook Book, by Harvard alums and early Booksters Atwan and Lushing, follows in the fine satirical tradition of The Official Preppy Handbook and The Hipster Handbook, full of anecdotes (true and semi-true), tips (useful and useless), and other insights, including chapters on the Ethics and Etiquette of using the 'Book, what your profile really says about you, and a Facebook dictionary (which defines for the uninitiated terms like "frenemey" and "fauxmance"). The Facebook Book will appeal not only to undergrads, but also high schoolers (to whom the site was recently opened), savvy parents, and anyone who's tapped into Web 2.0 culture and counterculture.

The Preppy Cookbook

Classic Recipes for the Modern Prep

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Author: Christine E. Nunn

Publisher: New Harvest

ISBN: 9780544114586

Category: Cooking

Page: 272

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Presents a tongue-in-cheek cookbook that is filled with time-tested traditions and techniques and recipes for any occasion, from wedding showers to lobster bakes.

Cheerful Money

Me, My Family, and the Last Days of Wasp Splendor

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Author: Tad Friend

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316071447

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

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Tad Friend's family is nothing if not illustrious: his father was president of Swarthmore College, and at Smith his mother came in second in a poetry contest judged by W.H. Auden--to Sylvia Plath. For centuries, Wasps like his ancestors dominated American life. But then, in the '60s, their fortunes began to fall. As a young man, Tad noticed that his family tree, for all its glories, was full of alcoholics, depressives, and reckless eccentrics. Yet his identity had already been shaped by the family's age-old traditions and expectations. Part memoir, part family history, and part cultural study of the long swoon of the American Wasp, Cheerful Money is a captivating examination of a cultural crack-up and a man trying to escape its wreckage.

The Hipster Handbook

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Author: Robert Lanham

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0307485943

Category: Humor

Page: 176

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hip•ster - \hip-stur (s)\ n. One who possesses tastes, social attitudes, and opinions deemed cool by the cool. (Note: it is no longer recommended that one use the term "cool"; a Hipster would instead say "deck.") The Hipster walks among the masses in daily life but is not a part of them and shuns or reduces to kitsch anything held dear by the mainstream. A Hipster ideally possesses no more than 2% body fat. Clues You Are a Hipster 1. You graduated from a liberal arts school whose football team hasn't won a game since the Reagan administration. 2. You frequently use the term "postmodern" (or its commonly used variation"PoMo") as an adjective, noun, and verb. 3. You carry a shoulder-strap messenger bag and have at one time or another worn a pair of horn-rimmed or Elvis Costello-style glasses. 4. You have refined taste and consider yourself exceptionally cultured, but have one pop vice (ElimiDATE, Quiet Riot, and Entertainment Weekly are popular ones) that helps to define you as well-rounded. 5. You have kissed someone of the same gender and often bring this up in casual conversation. 6. You spend much of your leisure time in bars and restaurants with monosyllabic names like Plant, Bound, and Shine. 7. You bought your dishes and a checkered tablecloth at a thrift shop to be kitschy, and often throw vegetarian dinner parties. 8. You have one Republican friend whom you always describe as being your "one Republican friend." 9. You enjoy complaining about gentrification even though you are responsible for it yourself. 10. Your hair looks best unwashed and you position your head on your pillow at night in a way that will really maximize your cowlicks. 11. You own records put out by Matador, DFA, Definitive Jux, Dischord, Warp, Thrill Jockey, Smells Like Records, and Drag City. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Rector of Justin

A Novel

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Author: Louis Auchincloss

Publisher: HMH

ISBN: 0547524234

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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“[A] certifiable masterpiece” from the acclaimed chronicler of New York City’s old money elite (The New York Observer). Widely considered Louis Auchincloss’s greatest novel, The Rector of Justin is an astute dissection of the social mores of the Northeast’s privileged establishment. The story centers on Rev. Frank Prescott, the charismatic founder and rector of a prestigious Episcopal school for boys. With laser-sharp insight, Auchincloss delivers a prismatic portrait of this commanding and complicated man through the eyes of those who knew—or thought they knew—him best. Seamlessly interweaving multiple points of view—from an adoring teacher to that of a rebellious daughter—The Rector of Justin presents a social history of the eighty years of his life: the sources of his virtues and failings, his successes, his love, and his crises of faith. As Jonathan Yardley put it in the Washington Post, “Auchincloss is one of the most accomplished and distinctive writers this country has known . . . [and] Frank Prescott is one of the great characters in American fiction.” “A daring and ambitious book . . . Its poise and taste and intelligence strike one on every page, as do its unerring knowledge and literary skill.” —The New Yorker “[The Rector of Justin] should sit on the shelf of any serious reader of American fiction.” —Jay Parini, The New York Observer “A taut and elegant study of a distinguished American whose closest friends cannot decide whether they like or detest him.” —The Times Literary Supplement “Fascinating . . . We do come to feel the reality, the complicated reality, of Francis Prescott.” —Saturday Review “My favorite of Auchincloss’s novels. Both decadent and demanding, high-hat and frank . . . A subversive in lace-up oxfords and rep tie.” —Amy Bloom

Tipsy in Madras

A Complete Guide to 80s Preppy Drinking, Including Proper Attire, Cocktails for Every Occasion, the Best Beer, the Right Mixers, and More!

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Author: Matt Walker,Marissa Walsh

Publisher: Perigee Trade

ISBN: 9780399529856

Category: Cooking

Page: 200

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To monogram or not to monogram? That is one of the age-old questions answered in this guide to stocking a bar and mixing 1980s drinks for wanna-bes and prepster hold-outs. Recipes included.

Leaving Van Gogh

A Novel

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Author: Carol Wallace

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

ISBN: 1588369439

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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In the summer of 1890, in the French town of Auvers-sur-Oise, Vincent van Gogh shot himself in the chest with a revolver. He died two days later, at the age of thirty-seven, largely unknown despite having completed over two thousand works of art that would go on to become some of the most important and valued in the world. In this riveting novel, Carol Wallace brilliantly navigates the mysteries surrounding the master artist’s death, relying on meticulous research to paint an indelible portrait of Van Gogh’s final days—and the friendship that may or may not have destroyed him. Telling Van Gogh’s story from an utterly new perspective—that of his personal physician, Dr. Gachet, specialist in mental illness and great lover of the arts—Wallace allows us to view the legendary painter as we’ve never seen him before. In our narrator’s eyes, Van Gogh is an irresistible puzzle, a man whose mind, plagued by demons, poses the most potentially rewarding challenge of Gachet’s career. Wallace’s narrative brims with suspense and rich psychological insight as it tackles haunting questions about Van Gogh’s fate. A masterly, gripping novel that explores the price of creativity, Leaving Van Gogh is a luminous story about what it means to live authentically, and the power and limits of friendship. From the Hardcover edition.

The Old Money Book

How to Live Better While Spending Less: Secrets of America's Upper Class

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Author: Byron Tully

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781500883638

Category: Self-Help

Page: 156

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The Old Money Book details how anyone from any background can adopt the values, priorities, and habits of America's upper class in order to live a richer life. This entertaining and informative work reveals for the first time the Core Values that shape the discreet--but truly affluent--Old Money way of life. Author Byron Tully then details How Old Money Does It, offering time-tested advice on everything from clothes and cars to finances and furnishings. Whether you're just starting out or starting over, The Old Money Book shows you how you really can Live Better While Spending Less.

The Man in the Rockefeller Suit

The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of a Serial Impostor

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Author: Mark Seal

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101515853

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

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A real-life Talented Mr. Ripley, the unbelievable thirty-year run of a shape-shifting con man. The story of Clark Rockefeller is a stranger-than-fiction twist on the classic American success story of the self-made man-because Clark Rockefeller was totally made up. The career con man who convincingly passed himself off as Rockefeller was born in a small village in Germany. At seventeen, obsessed with getting to America, he flew into the country on dubious student visa documents and his journey of deception began. Over the next thirty years, boldly assuming a series of false identities, he moved up the social ladder through exclusive enclaves on both coasts-culminating in a stunning twelve-year marriage to a rising star businesswoman with a Harvard MBA who believed she'd wed a Rockefeller. The imposter charmed his way into exclusive clubs and financial institutions-working on Wall Street, showing off an extraordinary art collection-until his marriage ended and he was arrested for kidnapping his daughter, which exposed his past of astounding deceptions as well as a connection to the bizarre disappearance of a California couple in the mid-1980s. The story of The Man in the Rockefeller Suit is a probing and cinematic exploration of an audacious imposer-and a man determined to live the American dream by any means necessary.

365 Great Things about Getting Older

2007 Day-to-Day Calendar

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Author: Lisa Birnbach

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780740759536

Category:

Page: 736

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Lisa Birnbach is a television commentator and the author of the wildly successful Official Preppy Handbook. She is a Parade magazine contributing editor and the mother of (at least) three children.Ann Hodgman has written three cookbooks, most recently One Bite Won't Kill You. She has also written more than 40 children's books, and her essays have appeared in Best American Essays and Best Food Writing.Patricia Marx, a television screenwriter for shows such as Saturday Night Live, is the author of How to Regain Your Virginity and Meet My Staff.

A Good School

A Novel

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Author: Richard Yates

Publisher: Picador

ISBN: 1466853670

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

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Richard Yates, who died in 1992, is today ranked by many readers, scholars, and critics alongside such titans of modern American fiction as Updike, Roth, Irving, Vonnegut, and Mailer. In this work, he offers a spare and autumnal novel about a New England prep school. At once a meditation on the twilight of youth and an examination of America's entry into World War II, A Good School tells the stories of William Grove, the quiet boy who becomes an editor of the school newspaper; Jack Draper, a crippled chemistry teacher; and Edith Stone, the schoolmaster's young daughter, who falls in love with most celebrated boy in the class of 1943.