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C.Z. Guest: American Style Icon Hardcover – April 16, 2013


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"Unlike many books of its sort, this effort, with its earthbound intimacy of text and photographs, leaves you with an indistinguishable itch not to revel in the past but to perhaps take a page out of Guest's no-nonsense playbook." ~Dujour Magazine

"This is just about one of the most beautifully executed books about one of America’s most enduring and quintessential society and style icons. C. Z. Guest: American Style Icon lives up to its name on every imaginable level and then goes on to deliver a genuinely endearing and personal portrait depicting a woman who is legendary and remains unforgettable. This is a book that one returns to over and over again as the subject and her sphere of influence in the worlds of fashion and style will be remembered for generations to come. C. Z. Guest: American Style Icon should be given as a gift to those who are interested in learning the true definitions of grace and style." ~NY Journal of Books

"...Author, designer, and Today Show contributor Susanna Salk provides a tantalizing glimpse into the world of Boston socialite C.Z. Guest. While Guest embodied, even defined, WASP style—doting on dogs and horses, perfecting her tennis game, and being the consummate hostess—she, as Salk puts it, “bucked at the expectations of her own cliché, constantly surprising with modern gestures that somehow never felt scandalous. In addition to writing in depth about Guest’s always-classic personal style....Salk asked Guest’s nearest and dearest to contribute their stories of her. And each tale is better than the next." ~One Kings Lane

"True style icons are few and far between but C.Z. Guest ranks at the top of American qualifiers. More than merely beautiful and stylish, the essence of her status emanated from within, expressing her zest for life across the board. She was the alluring embodiment of seemingly disparate worlds. And it is this fascinating dichotomy that Susanna Salk captures so wonderfully in her new volume from Rizzoli. With contributions from an impressive cast of both A-listers and intimates who knew her best, we are painted a portrait of a woman both of and ahead of her time, whose interests ranged from Mainbocher to Madonna from pups and ponies to Dali and discos. And yet C.Z. was never more or less than herself. So completely comfortable and confident, she never tried nor needed to impress. She remained true to her classic Boston brahmin style, exuding an enviable elegance that was both timeless and chic." ~Quintessence.com

About the Author

Susanna Salk is the author of Be Your Own Decorator, Room for Children, and Weekend Retreats and is a contributing editor for 1stdibs.com and iVillage.com, as well as a regular contributor to design segments for NBC’s Today Show. William Norwich has written about style for many publications, including the New York Times and Vogue. He is the author of the novel Learning to Drive and the children’s book Molly and the Magic Dress.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (April 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847839710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847839711
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.2 x 12.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

To read my blog Open House, view some of my design segments for television or contact me, please visit my website: www.susannasalk.com

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This is a book that you will not just look at once.
James A. Warfield
What an amazing, down to earth, and utterly talented woman...she made it look so easy AND with so much grace and elegance.
Donald Carroll
The book is well written and captures the essence of C.Z. Guest.
Mary L. Williams

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By disappointed on July 4, 2013
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I will not buy another book by Susanna Salk. She just recycles old Slim Aarons photos we've all seen many times and basically pastes together other peoples' ideas and writings.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Donald Carroll on April 27, 2013
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WHAT A WOMAN...WHAT A BOOK. If you are looking for a bio or a tell all...then look somewhere else. What an amazing, down to earth, and utterly talented woman...she made it look so easy AND with so much grace and elegance. Move over Martha Stewart! Well done with quotes and remembrances by some of her intimate circle and photos by some of the best photographers of the 20th century. LOVE IT!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mary L. Williams on May 7, 2013
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Exploring C.Z. Guest as a style icon is as worthwhile today as it was in her heyday. Learning about the woman herself helps you understand that her sense of style was more than just about the clothes she wore. Through the path her life took she developed a strong sense of self. It is that self confidence, that 'presence' if you will, that I believe is what all true women of style have in common and what continues to fascinate us. She would be pleased with the attention that is given to her gardening. It's one of the things that made her an extraordinary woman. The book is well written and captures the essence of C.Z. Guest.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lili Goldberg on May 12, 2013
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Loved and admired C.Z. Guest - her style, gardens, home decor, etc., and God knows, women like that no longer exist. Think of today's billionaires and their lack of taste! Loved the photos and read the entire book.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Designbooklover on May 29, 2013
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Text is interesting but the photo text is not as interesting as it might be. Gardening was so much of CZ's life and the book seems to pass over it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James A. Warfield on March 18, 2014
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Page after page of beautiful photo's of C. Z Guest and also geat photos of her interiors and her famous friends. This is a book that you will not just look at once. This is my go to gift for friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patsy on December 29, 2013
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I have read much about CZGuest and was intrigued to find out more.Her simplicity and down to earth attitude is evident In this book.It gives the reader am insight ,albeit not a deep insight, into an elegant hostess,style icon and true lady.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Leigh Forster on November 13, 2013
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Loved the book, she was such an icon with such style
What a shame women don't aspire to follow her example of classic dressing
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