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A Privileged Life: Celebrating Wasp Style Hardcover – October 1, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-2759401260 ISBN-10: 275940126X Edition: y First edition
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Assouline Publishing; y First edition edition (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 275940126X
  • ISBN-13: 978-2759401260
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

Customer Reviews

3.1 out of 5 stars

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149 of 158 people found the following review helpful By M. Jones on November 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book breaks the cardinal rule of WASP style-- discretion! The book is basically all about the author, how very WASPy her upbringing was, and what paragons of style her various family members were. As if being born in a rich New England family was some sort of personal achievement. I agree with another reviewer that it could have been really interesting minus the self-absorption and plus information to make it relevant to readers who aren't personal friends of the author or her family-- some discussion of history, architecture, design and so on. As it is, flipping through for five minutes at the bookstore or library should be plenty to get the full effect, there's no need to buy the book.
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78 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Helene Hertzlinger on September 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Tons of mistakes litter this pretty little book about the preppy lifestyle. Names are misspelled, captions are incorrect, etc., and for a book without much content to begin with, one would think that the editing and research would have been sharp. It's a shame, as it could have been terrific!
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101 of 113 people found the following review helpful By MRK on June 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Narrative is unoriginal and somewhat sloppy: "My own childhood home was the same one in which my mother grew up in." There's no apparent research on architecture, design, or education although these constitute chapters of the book; nor is there real insight or new point of view. The book has some lovely photos (the cover is the highlight), but I've seen many before and the others - largely of the author's family and friends - were not edited for interest to a non-relative. Everyone has a black & white photo of female relatives wearing white ankle socks, or Aunt Rose & Uncle Mike on a dinghy.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Stevenson on July 3, 2007
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Pretty boring, with a lot of pictures of the author's family. The Preppie Handbook did it better and it was funny. At least two editorial glitches: referring to Cleveland Amory as Cleveland Armory and showing a picture of CZ Guest in an evening coat by Mainbocher (first shown in Vogue) and calling it a "housecoat." Not bloody likely.
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44 of 52 people found the following review helpful By OaklandBookworm on September 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I think the editor and the author had one too many G&T's when they thought up the name for this book. It's more of an obituary than celebration. But go ahead and take of a look at it ( borrow unless you want something as embarassing as this on your coffee table); especially since it has the stunning photo of C.Z. Guest, at her prettiest, on the cover. That is really what this book is -- nice photos of (sometimes attractive) waspy-looking people looking like they are having a good time. Admittedly, we all love to look at family and celebrity photos. However, textual content disappoints: it is thin and boils down to the whistfulness/bemoaning of times gone side-by-side with photos(but we all KNOW why there are no images of women in those days gone by at Yale/Harvard/Princeton and no images of people of color except that Ralph Lauren advertisement shot). There are historical/social realities that the author and the book requires us to have amnesia about in order to elevate the lifestyle (and the supposed instrinsic virtures that go along with it) portrayed in this book. This lifestyle, devoid of any consciousness, is depicted as admirable and its merits attributed to the Privileged as defined by the author. It is curious that the author seems to want to claim some Hollywood icons (who couldn't be more remotely a member of her set) as one of her own. But this is her book afterall, and she was able to talk some publisher into producing it. I recommend you buy The Preppy Handbook by Birnbaum, et al. -- a lot more fun and astute, written by real smart kids (at the time) -- they intuited what was on its way "out" would only endure and continue to inspire if everybody thought they could get in.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Ann on July 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Salk's sense of style seems best personified and articulated in this book by those who had only the white part of WASP (white Anglo Saxon Protestent) part in common with the author. She credits Grace Kelly with her Irish Catholic background but seems to claim the Kennedys, the Bouviers, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others as her own. The thesis and title need a rethink.
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36 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Rosie Stewart on January 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The bookstore owner and I thought it was a parody, especially given the cover photograph. We paged through this book looking for evidence of humor or perhaps even depth in the analysis of the privileged life. We found neither.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By JAS94 on November 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I could not agree more with M. Jones. The overall tone of this book is so haughty and indiscrete, its unbearable! When I read the biographical info on the author, I could scarcely believe her credentials (schooling, etc) because she should have learned at some point not to be so utterly obnoxious. The pictures are ok. You would be better served by almost any other book on this topic.
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