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True Prep: It's a Whole New Old World Paperback – November 1, 2011
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After graduating from Brown University, Birnbach worked at The Village Voice, where she co-wrote the ''Scenes'' column. Her first book, The Official Preppy Handbook, became a runaway bestseller (38 weeks at #1 on the NYT bestseller list!) and a tongue-in-cheek reference guide for a generation. She began writing for such high-profile publications as Glamour, TV Guide and Rolling Stone. She also went on a college lecture tour and put her vast knowledge of college life to use when she wrote Lisa Birnbach's College Book, offering the inside scoop on campuses. She has since been the writer and co-writer of 20 books and has written for Parade, New York, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Travel & Leisure.
Other points of interest: Lisa has been a Dewar's profile, been serenaded by John Denver (in a limousine), Meat Loaf (on a tour bus), Penn Jillette (in the Salt Lake City airport), and Wayne Newton (eat your hearts out). She was the Las Vegas bureau chief of Spy magazine, and she's also been the "keynote speaker" at many a convention and annual meeting.
She has appeared on many national television shows, including The Today Show, Oprah, Late Night with David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, Charlie Rose, Good Morning America, and Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher. From 1999- 2002 Lisa was a correspondent on The Early Show, with a weekly segment called, "Yikes! I'm a Grownup!" Until 2007, she hosted the syndicated radio program, ''The Lisa Birnbach Show,'' which won the 2007 Gracie awards for ''Outstanding Talk Show'' and ''Outstanding Comedy Show.''
And though she doesn't believe in "parenting," (see p. 10 of True Prep), Lisa is the mother of three children who live with her in New York.
Top Customer Reviews
So thirty years later, along comes "True Prep." What a disaster. My first thoughts consist of 1) the excellence of the OPH must owe a huge debt to Jonathan Roberts, Carol McD. Wallace, Mason Wiley et al. because Lisa Birnbach could not have written a majority of the OPH and then turn out True Prep, and/or 2) Chip Kidd must have held huge sway with Lisa Birnbach and caused her to override her better judgment, and/or 3) Lisa Birnbach has grown incredibly cynical and has simply chosen to jump on the preppy resurgence and cash in while the getting's good.Read more ›
When i read about the people in this book i was like....... 'what's so *uniquely preppy* about this? everyone i know and even people i don't know but see on tv are like this whether they are 'preppy' or not.' Just one example: The chapter on food was weird, the idea that preppies are now all about being foodies is dead on but then you have the 'what's in the pantry' list and it looks it belongs in the book from the 80's not this book. All the preppies i know shop at Wholefoods and buy organic expensive health food... Maybe I'm wrong. I suppose Southern California preppies aren't the same as East Coast ones? I just didn't have as much fun reading this book as i did the old one, this new book seemed confused both in it's content, message and point.
And... Tory Burch...? Really?
9/20/10 - I am reducing my rating of 3 stars down to 1 just because I am so annoyed at the sheer ignorance of some of her articles. She has one article about a preppy man who has decided to convert to Islam (oh yes Muslims can be WASPs too... Wait, doesn't WASP stand for White, Anglo-Saxon PROTESTANT?Read more ›
It's like a book about being Hawaiian that tries to include everyone who has ever worn a lei. Watered down and pointless.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Meh. This had some entertaining parts, just not enough to hold my attention. Nothing can compare to the original which was perfect for its time.Published 26 days ago by arizonamegs
A real disappointment relative to the great Official Preppy Handbook.Published 4 months ago by Jamar A. Newell
I can understand why so many customers are displeased with "True Prep." Let me explain: I am not preppy in any way, which was exactly why "The Official Preppy... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tammy Reney
In 1980 Lisa Birnbauch and others collaborated to create the Preppy Handbook, a lighthearted, and somewhat supportive, parody of preppies. Thirty years after this bestseller, Ms. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Edward Stringham
Delighted with my purchase. The book arrived as described by the Seller and it arrived ahead of schedule. Couldn't be happier.Published 7 months ago by Norman Eng
This is basically what she said in the original, but still informative. I would reorder.Published 7 months ago by theSweetPea23