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Class with the Countess: How to Live with Elegance and Flair Paperback – Bargain Price, December 29, 2009
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--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
-Simon Doonan, creative director of Barney's New York, author of Eccentric Glamour
"Forget what you think you know from television: this lady walks the walk and talks the talk. She's a real doll, comfortable in her own skin and real, and if you're thinking about buying this book, it's one you will keep for yourself and send to friends who - like you - didn't know they needed it."
"My collections are about giving opportunities to women to express their feminine side. LuAnn understands the importance of femininity and shares her savoir-faire with you in this book."
-Catherine Malandrino, fashion designer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
So I just have to say, what gave her the nerve to write and have published a book on etiquette, of all things? Watching the Real Housewives is a guilty pleasure of mine, I love to see how ridiculous these women act. It never ceases to amuse me how these women all run around pretending to be classy & ladies when their behavior is atrocious. These girls hardly act like well bred ladies of society. Please.
Luann, while not the worst offender on the show (I'm talking to you, Ramona & Kelly), lacks class and decorum needed to be taken seriously when selling a book such as this. Her regal facade slips quite often. Just today I watched her give a lunch lesson to her daughter's friends (how lucky for them, right?) on etiquette and she chastised a girl for having her elbow on the table. I kid you not, the very next episode Luann has lunch with Bethanny and had her elbow on the table practically the whole time. This book, and her personality, is preachy and condescending. She talks the talk, but she doesn't walk the walk.
Let's face the fact that without the show, no one other than her circle in New York would really know who this lady is. No one would buy this book, she's pulling a profit on this book because of the show. So it's very amusing to read this book, and then sit down and watch her behavior on tv. Calling her friend a "lucky b****" for not having a husband. Calling her friends out on their rude behaviors in public (hardly classy). Talking down to her friends and giving unsolicited advice.Read more ›
Unless you want to learn how to transform yourself from a nurse into a Countess into a reality TV personality, or you are genuinely interested in her from the Real Housewives show, I would highly not recommend this book.
Who would purchase this book? Certainly not those of the upper classes, b/c they obstensibly would not find it necessary. So LuAnn is doing the rest of the common masses a favor, n'est pas?, with her 'teachings'-----if only they buy her book and fall for her fantasy facade/overblown grandiose idea of who she thinks she is.
So LuAnn seems to have the intent to make money off of those she thinks need her instruction to live like her, and also those who have not been as 'privileged' as she seems to think she is. This is not 'class' LuAnn, this is classism. Class is elegant and classism, is vulgar for your information. Class, by its own nature is generous, the other, exploitably greedy. One is grand, the other, petty and small. 'Class' that is inherent is expansive/enlightens and informs by 'being', not by dogmatic pedantry.
Classism by definition Lu, is prejudice/discrimination on the basis of social class. "It includes individual attitudes that are set up to benefit the upper classes at the expense of the lower classes". Clearly the selling of your book fits in neatly here and and who profits?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought it was a great, fun book. Reading about her travels and life was fun. Her etiquette tips are helpful as well, coming from someone who has come from humble beginnings, to... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Anastasia Beaverhousen
I loved this book and I love the Countess. The book was great and inspiring. The woman is truly amazing to watch.Published 2 months ago by Book Lover NYC
I wouldn't take the book word by word...but I found plenty of good advices here. Overall happy about it :)Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This woman is the biggest crock and so is her "book". If I could rate this with lower than 1 star, I would. Didn't even buy it, didn't want to waste my money. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Becky
I cannot believe she titled her book "class" when she is nothing but a tramp. I would never buy this trash. A friend did and LOL all the way through. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Skye
I read some terrible reviews on Amazon, but decided to order it anyway. It was a well written easy read with useful information! Read morePublished 10 months ago by melissa
Manners should be used as a means to ease all social situations ... not as a club to beat up others you feel are beneath you. I guess the countess didnt get that lesson.Published 11 months ago by J. Sharp
This arrived on time and in very very good condition. I enjoyed reading it. Just hope I can remember everything! I like LuAnn and would probably read anything she writes. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Morningheart