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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (March 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419707701
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419707704
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Former DailyCandy editor-in-chief and current director of Web programming at Participant Media, Eve Epstein (Team X) has worked as a writer, editor, and branding expert for 15 years. Her articles have appeared in Vanity Fair, Allure, and Glamour. Leonora Epstein (Team Y) is an editor at BuzzFeed.com. She has blogged for Cosmopolitan.com, TheFrisky.com, and Elle.com. They both live in Los Angeles.

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Fresh, fun, flirty read!
Ben
Give it as the most awesome b-day gift to your BFF (Gen X or Gen Y)!
Amy V.
So clever, engaging, humorous and smart.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amy V. on March 18, 2014
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X vs Y. Basically it’s Nirvana vs. Britney, Family Ties vs. Dawson’s Creek, Heathers vs. Mean Girls… Doc Martens vs. foam footwear. But it's so much more than that. The book is just awesome in every way. It’s all told from the sisters' perspectives via essays, letters, lists, charts, diagrams, IM chats, dating profiles… you name it! The layout is slick and cool. They are fantastic, sharp writers. Eve used to be the editor in chief of Daily Candy and Leo is a staff writer at Buzzfeed (where she has penned at least a dozen lists and quizzes that you have undoubtedly done!). But what really makes this read stand out is the heart and emotion they manage to squeeze into their essays that seem, on the surface, to be only about pop culture. Read this! Give it as the most awesome b-day gift to your BFF (Gen X or Gen Y)!
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I curled up with this book expecting it would make me feel old, and found instead that it made me feel young. The health hazard of cultural nostalgia is that after the first dozen enjoyable remembrances, you start wallowing down in the past and feel stuck. The sisters Epstein avoid this trap in a breezy book with two distinct narrative voices, and a clever grab bag of playful visual features, too fast paced to ever feel leaden. They take turns steering you through the fun-house of music, film, TV, fashion, sex, and magazines of the past three decades.

Then, while you are still thinking this book is just a cruise along the coastline of our recent past, something wonderful happens. You fall in love. Not just in love with the narrators --charming and witty as they may be-- but in love with the love between two sisters. You witness them gibing each other, goading each other, offering advice, learning from mistakes, making new mistakes all their own, sharing songs, telling secrets, rolling their eyes, unlocking mysteries, holding hands and making sense of the world they share.

Both authors are steeped in contemporary media and culture as writers and editors. Their vignettes contain many astute insights into cultural trends. But the real pleasure is getting to know your guides. Their own sibling bond is a model for friendships that span generations. I picked up an extra copy of "X vs. Y" as a gift for my nieces. It would also spark pleasurable conversations and bonding among aging hipsters & new gentrifiers, old fashioned curmudgeons & the coolest trend hunters you know, May & December romances, and anyone else who wants to download the latest upgrade to their inter-generational friendship.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Danielle on March 25, 2014
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I found myself laughing out loud on nearly every page, and cringing equally as often at the realization of how bad my taste in music and fashion was as an adolescent. Reading this book flooded my mind with memories of my childhood and sort of inspired me to be young at heart again where it's cool to videotape yourself dancing to the Spice Girls in your parents' basement. And I must find a pair of those majestic purple cowboy boots - they sound absolutely lovely.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By anonymous on March 18, 2014
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if you have a sibling with a considerable age gap, you'll identify with a lot in this exploration of two generations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Justin Abarca on April 2, 2014
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As an inbetweener, I relate to both Gen X and Y, so this book is perfect for me. Hell, even if I wasn't I would still recommend this book! So gooooooood!
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Fresh, fun, flirty read! "X vs. Y" feels both intimate and all-encompassing in nature. It's never dull, and best consumed like a box of chocolates — truffle by truffle. It's the perfect gift for any Gen Xer or Gen Yer in your life (or to yourself) and a must-have for your bookshelf. Leo and Eve truly bring the recent past to life in a original, relatable manner.
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This book has a good idea, but I didn't find either of these women relatable. They're both the sort of person who considers Apple to be the source of an identity, not just a maker of phones. They even say so.

Chapters in this book address topics like fashion, music, movies, and sex and dating. Conspicuously not addressed are topics like work, money, politics, 9/11, or education.

It's not a bad book, but it's not for me. Maybe it's for you, maybe not.
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Funny, charming, and extremely well written. This book takes cultural anthropology mainstream in a smart, original way. It's fun! Highly readable and totally enjoyable. I love these sisters.
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