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Product Details

  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway; 1 edition (January 13, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767910524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767910521
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,168,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Perhaps we all would have gotten a lot further in life if Feminism had been called Princess-ism. In Princess, Francesca Castagnoli creates a world in which you not only live the fairy tale, you get to write it too. Wicked stepmother not required.” —Lucy Danziger, editor in chief, Self

“Principessa Castagnoli gives you carte blanche to indulge every whim you’ve ever had—with style. Go for it!” —Simon Doonan, Creative Director of Barneys and author of Wacky Chicks

“A funny, insightful guide to the art of making your inner princess match your outer tiara.” —Michael Musto, Village Voice

“Luckily, after thirty-one years, I’ve finally found my manual, and life makes a lot more sense now. This book is required reading for princesses and those who love them.”
—Atoosa Rubenstein, editor in chief, Seventeen

From the Inside Flap

Welcome, Your Highness.

If you?ve picked up this book, you know who you are. You have a taste for life?s finer things: champagne with breakfast, custom lingerie, and kitten heels?even in the snow. At the office, you?re a corporate merger of style and substance, flawlessly handling the most difficult clients or performing life-saving surgery wearing snakeskin stilettos. Your romances play out like De Beers moments (well, in your mind anyway). And above all, you know instinctively that the real road to enlightenment begins with entitlement.

Princess is a celebration of the princess in every woman?a witty, delightful handbook for building your own happily ever after. You?ll learn (and raise!) your PQ (Princess Quotient), tackle the PSAT (Princess Self-Assessment Test), and answer the age-old princess question: Is having it all ever really enough? Paying homage to the fine art of pampering, the princess rules of entertaining, the princess pooch, and of course, Prince Charming, Princess is sure to be a favorite. After all, it?s about you.


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If the tiara fits, wear it with pride!
D. Ingalls
If you feel that reading about being a Princess is much more fun than having to WORK on being one, this book is for you.
Terah N. Bowling
She argues that women need to take care of themselves to feel their best.
Samantha W. Mckevitt

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Samantha W. Mckevitt on March 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
I adored Francesca Castagnoli's 'Zine of the late '90s by the same title. I loed that this fellow Long Island Girl turned her wedding into her own magazine. Much of her wedding expertise and wit are in the last chapter of the book.
Her, wonderful, concept of being a princess is actually all about power, poise and self confidence. There is nothing demeaning about it! She argues that women need to take care of themselves to feel their best. She also expresses the need for friendships among women rather than cattiness.
Her tips on finding a style muse are wonderful and something all "profashional" women need to consider. This is like an etiquette book for the modern woman, but instead of stuffy manners she encourages women to just have fun and be themselves!
I read it from cover to cover the day I purchased it and have continually flipped throught it! I hope Francesca keeps on writing!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 31, 2004
Format: Paperback
PERFECTLY POSH! For anyone who truly is a *perfect* princess, this ultimate Princess Manifesto is for you! It has labeling of the different kinds of "Princess Shoppers", closet rules (satin hangers only!), princess-language (what cute really means...), and even the Princess Pooch! This book is the WORKS! This book was so much like me- it was eerie! A glamorous guide for modern day royalty (*especially those who don't have the official title!). My best read in ages! C'est magnifique!
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By MSFB on January 31, 2006
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I really wanted to like this book - it had such potential to be fun and motivating. The illustrations were terrific and the subject could have been quite witty in the right hands. But the text quickly descended into a trivial guide to shopping and all things selfish and superficial.

Catagnoli's explanation of a princess in theory and in practice seems entirely based on a trite model of a pampered, self obsessed woman. All based on your ability to consume of course. I shop therefore I am... a princess!

I was looking for inspiration in the form of an elegant narrative with lessons in loveliness, grace and everyday nobility. Instead princessdom here is all about 'me, me, me', Manalo Blahnik and how big your diamonds are. Burberry trench coats, Barneys as a place of worship, Tiffany-blue, Vera Wang wedding dresses... haven't we seen all these characters somewhere - far more interesting - before (like Vogue)?

The quizes are beyond ridiculous. I thought the author must have been joking but she seems to have some unguarded moments (such as an unladylike obsession with lip waxing) which suggest otherwise. I fear she took it all Rather Seriously which is why this book is not funny at all.

And there's a whole - boring - chapter dedicated to The Princess Pooch (a pedigree dog of course). Give us a break...

Sadly the main message of this book is how you can justify any kind of narcissistic, self serving, consumeristic behaviour with delusions of royal grandeur.

Books like this give princesses a bad name.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By CM2126 on April 4, 2006
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Adorably packaged, insightful and hilarious! I loved every page of this smart little book. It's a rare find: a publication geared toward women that focuses on their own enjoyment, not man-pleasing, child-rearing or (heaven forbid) career advancement. There's a proper time for those things, too, of course... right after you've taken the morning off to go shopping with your poodle-in-a-purse in tow.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20, 2004
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Hysterical and true! This is my best friend and myself to a tee. There is a princess in all of us. Refreshing to read though that a princess not only loves to look great and loves to play hostess, but has to be good at her job, and CAN and DOES take care of herself and is "her own sugar mama!" Loved it!
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By Terah N. Bowling on November 15, 2009
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Princess: You know who you are is a fun little escape book where a woman can feel like she truly is a princess, or maybe find out that being a princess just takes too much effort and it may be more time effective to just eat some chocolate while reading about all the hard work other women are doing to maintain a Princess status. According to this book there is a lot to do to be a Princess and after reading it I was so worn out that I needed a mani and pedi, stat. If you feel that reading about being a Princess is much more fun than having to WORK on being one, this book is for you.
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By Peacelover16 on December 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because I generally love books of this genre that tell you how to live life. However, this one left me wanting more. Maybe it was the lack of recommendations for books, movies, etc. for inspiration (which I always love), but I was thoroughly disappointed. Try "The Bombshell Manual of Style" by Laren Stover instead.
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This is a clever book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Some of us were just born Princesses, and this book helps us embrace it instead of shun it. Never again will I feel guilt when someone calls me a "Princess". If the tiara fits, wear it with pride!
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