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5.0 out of 5 stars The book ... the legend ... the way of life, August 18, 2004
This review is from: The Official Preppy Handbook (Paperback)
This book was a spot-on parody when it came out in 1980, but also a quite accurate and even useful "field guide" to the North American prepster. Almost 25 years later, it still holds up as humor, and also as a great guide to the prep look and lifestyle. And best of all, it may even be timely once again: An article in the New York Times a few days ago suggested that teen fashion trends are turning away from overexposure and punk and back toward plaid, chinos, polo shirts (with turned up collars, natch), even repp ties! Everything comes around a second time, so Lisa Birnbach call your office. It may be time for an updated edition for today's rising BMOCs.

All I know is that my copy is well-thumbed from two-plus decades of hard work, and it's showing no signs of irrelevance yet!
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Initial post: Sep 24, 2009 8:16:25 PM PDT
Louis Postel says:
Yeah -- it's true. It still holds up which is odd for such a casual-seeming effort. __and thanks, Lisa, for including me -- I hope you are doing well wherever you are 25 years later.

Posted on Sep 24, 2009 8:18:58 PM PDT
Louis Postel says:
Yeah -- it's true. It still holds up which is odd for such a casual-seeming effort. __and thanks, Lisa, for including me -- I hope you are doing well wherever you are 25 years later.

Posted on Apr 25, 2010 10:11:48 AM PDT
Jeff Cross says:
Thought you should know that an updated version of it is in the works entitled TRUE PREP: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/05/the-preppy-handbook-updat_n_525353.html

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2010 12:47:49 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 4, 2011 7:01:01 AM PDT
Thank you, Jeffrey. I've added it to my Wish List (and will probably just end up pre-ordering it myself).

EDITED TO ADD that I did end up pre-ordering True Prep: It's a Whole New Old World, and subsequently read and reviewed it here on Amazon.
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