Tupperware Unsealed: Brownie Wise, Earl Tupper, and the Home Party Pioneers Kindle Edition
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In 2016, Three Rivers Press, a division of Crown will be releasing an exciting updated version of my Tupperware book in Hardback, ebook and audiobook under a new name.
2017 will bring the release of my next University Press of Florida book on Elvis Presley's early barnstorming days in and around Florida, where he played more live shows than anywhere else in his most transformative year, 1956. Film and TV rights are currently available as are rights to my book, Calling Me Home, Gram Parsons and the Roots of Country Rock named by the influential British music magazine Uncut, to its Best Books of 2013 list.
You can still purchase an updated edition of my first book Kerouac in Florida at Shadylanepress.com proceeds support the Jack Kerouac Project of Orlando, and the Kerouac House, now a national literary landmark!
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It is, overall, an extraordinary (well-told) story: the meteoritic rise of a female executive in the male-dominated business world of mid-20th -Century America. It's really an understatement to say she was before her time; it is difficult to imagine how solid that "glass ceiling" was way back then. She was the first woman on the cover of Business Week magazine. What is also extraordinary is how fast she fell, to the point where she is nearly a forgotten figure today (although an eventual movie might change that).
You can see her fall approaching as you read about her rise to the top. The story of Tupperware is the story of two characters: Earl Tupper, the inventor/owner, who would just assume keep a low profile and make his money, and Brownie Wise, who brought Tupper's wares to market, building the highly-successful direct-sales operation, the Home Party Division. It was a yin-yang relationship. Within only a couple of years, there were 1000s of Tupperware "dealers" throughout the US, wowing homemakers with the plastic bowls that "burped" to seal in freshness. Wise became a celebrity, appearing in the major magazines of the day. Dealers and distributors competed to win the stylish clothing she wore. The annual conventions at the division's headquarters in Orlando, FL - the "jubilees" - were spectacular.
And this is when you see the Shakespearean tragedy - the evitable fall after the envious rise. The publicity and her celebrity, used to promote the Tupperware brand and sales model, started to get to Wise's head - she started making serious mistakes -- and she was playing a game in which Mr.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved learning the details behind Tupperware. Didn't realize the impact this company had on a whole generation. Fascinating story and well written.Published 5 months ago by I Love Amazon.com
It was a nice book to remind me of what it was like in the beginning.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
It gets bogged down. There's another Tupperware book by Alison J. Clarke that may be written better.Published 13 months ago by Edith Gaylord
I enjoyed reading the story of the team that basically set the stage for introducing tupperware to the world. Read morePublished 16 months ago by wesmanlv
Excellent read....enjoyed learning the inside story about Brownie Wise and Earl Tupper..an amazing success
story re the Home Party Pioneers though disappointed in Earl Tupper... Read more
I heard rumors about a movie in the pre-production mode being planned about the original Tupperware Lady which would star Sandra Bullock as Brownie Wise. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Patricia Milburn
I read this book because I grew up in Kissimmee, FL during the time that Brownie Wise was living there and with Tupperware. I was disappointed with this book. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jolene Mays
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