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Beautiful People: My Family and Other Glamorous Varmints Paperback – Bargain Price, April 14, 2009
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"Fabulously entertaining ....Visionary fashion director of Barney's department store, Doonan "(Wacky Chicks, " 2003, etc.) is known for taking the ordinary and spinning it into the fantastic ... Doonan recalls the challenges of his childhood with love and respect and, where that isn't possible, bemusement ... A kick, a hoot, a truly wonderful read, with loads of down-and-dirty details about characters who are way more interesting that those dull Beautiful People Doonan was so all afire to find."
""Nasty" is wickedly funny. Simon Doonan has an ear and an eye for sublimely bizarre details that will make readers laugh out loud."
-- Candace Bushnell
"Beneath the hilarious camp writing in Simon Doonan's memoir, "Nasty, " I was touched by his wistful yearning for the life of glamour, glitz, and Beautiful People, which he ultimately achieved."
-- Dominick Dunne
"That Simon Doonan is a writer with a flair for the clever aphorism and a trenchant wit is no surprise. But that he is also capable of telling a tremendously moving tale is something of a revelation. It's all here: the inexorable bonds of family; Swinging London in all its Rita Tushingham glory; the calamities of AIDS..."Nasty" is a book for anyone who has ever yearned to transcend their own beginnings. In other words, if you were ever younger than you are now, you must read this book."
-- David Rakoff, author of "Fraud"
"At last: a childhood memoir that's about coming to terms with fabulousness rather than incest or binge drinking. Who knew that Simon -- or anyone -- could write about growing up in a gray corner of England with as much wit, charm, and dead-on smarts as he brings to his chronicles of the luxe life in Manhattan?"
-- Graydon Carter
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Simon Doonan is the bestselling author of Wacky Chicks and Confessions of a Window Dresser. In addition to his role as creative director of Barneys New York, Simon writes the "Simon Says" column for The New York Observer. He frequently contributes observations and opinions to myriad other publications and television shows. He is a regular commentator on VH1, the Trio network, and Full Frontal Fashion. He lives in New York City with his partner, Jonathan Adler, and his Norwich terrier, Liberace.
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The actors in the sitcom are amazing and the writing is exquisite and precise- I bought a special VCR so I could watch them in the states.
Well worth the expense.
P.S. expect to google some terms
the source material. This charming memoir is very entertaining. The
loving portrait of each character and event makes you love the author's
family as much as he does. There's much to be learned from the way
Simon Doonan looks at his own extended family.
Beware: almost entirely fluffy and unchallenging.