From Publishers Weekly
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[Pell] tells [her] before-and-after story, briskly and with considerable flair If you ve ever pressed your nose to the chintz-covered window of Old Money and wished you were born into a great American family, this is the book you need Pell will take you inside the mansion and share every glorious and terrible secret of the aristocracy. HeadButler.com
In We Used to Own the Bronx, her revealing and riveting memoir, Eve Pell defies the dictates of her social class to be charming but not to say what she felt and bares all. She detonates bombshells and unmasks betrayals on almost every page. San Francisco Chronicle
refreshingly direct Pell uses her lively memoir of growing up in aristocratic style to ask a series of provocative questions: Is it possible to choke on a silver spoon? What good is a sense of entitlement? Are riches wasted on the rich? Her candid account of bristling at her birthright transcends the stereotype suggested by the subtitle to divulge the psychic pressures of living with inherited privilege in a meritocracy-mad country To her lasting credit, We Used to Own the Bronx is a graceful object lesson in how perspective is gained not all at once but by accretion, the reward of years of methodical observation. truthdig.com
first-rate absolutely fascinating We Used to Own the Bronx is written from a rare combination of inside and outside. Both are essential. New York Social Diary
a literary treat Pell gives us a kind of cultural anthropology of the closest thing in America to a landed gentry. Wall Street Journal
With cheeky wit and considerable bravery, Pell takes on her upper-crust upbringing of horseback riding and private schools Readers fascinated by New York history and society will appreciate the entertaining stories of rich eccentrics and social movers and shakers. Library Journal
Eve Pell gives us a fascinating glimpse into a secret world of unfathomable wealth and privilege. Hers is an unexpected and ultimately hopeful journey of rebellion and reconciliation. Jane Fonda
An intriguing look at a world of arcane, white-gloved ritual and great privilege by a writer rebellious enough to leave it behind, wise enough to know that doing so is no quick and simple matter, and aware enough to know that the alternative worlds she discovers have their own moral complexities as well. Adam Hochschild, author of King Leopold s Ghost and Bury the Chains"