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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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  • 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: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Liked the other pictures though, not bad.
Sweet Valley High
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.
MRK
Suzanna Salke fails to realize that if she were a WASP she would not have written this book.
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148 of 157 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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77 of 82 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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100 of 111 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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43 of 48 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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43 of 50 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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19 of 22 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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34 of 42 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Patricia VINE VOICE on October 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book, "A Privileged Life: Celebrating Wasp Style", by Susanna Salk, has many pretty pictures. And, if a picture is worth a thousand words -- then yes, this book is worth the price. However, specific information about the many, varying Wasp schools, businesses,
clubs, etc., is missing here. This is a PERSONAL book, about the life and lifestyle of the authoress, only. Many of the pictures are, thus, over 20 years old. (And many are even older!) If it's information you want, (about present, and even past Wasp hide-aways, schools, living areas, etc.), you'd be far better off with a subscription to TOWN & COUNTRY Magazine....or even taking out a few recent issues from the library! Another, (very!) helpful guide to the Lifestyles of The Rich & Famous, (in the first century of the 21st century), is 'THE OFFFICIAL FILTHY RICH HANDBOOK', by Christopher Tennant, available here on Amazon, (and for which, I must shamelessly here add, I have also written a review.) This book does NOT have lavish colour pictures, or even large black-and-white ones, (which the book here being described, does have) -- but "The Official Filthy Rich Handbook" DOES have many, many names (and addresses, and phone numbers, and WEBSITES!), of various
country-clubs, schools, yacht companies, etc., patronized by the super-rich -- amongst whom, of course, WASPS are a sizable majority, (even today!) Even the classic, "The Official Preppy Handbook", (an oldie but definitely a goodie!), gives more information than this book.

In sum, this is a book for those who (mainly) want (large) colour and black and white photos, only. There is also a text, which gives minimal information on the general WASP lifestyle, but only, largely, biographical info. on the authoress.
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