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From Publishers Weekly

"Life is cruel to people who aren't fabulous," sniffs 20-year-old Manhattanite Reality Nirvana Tuttle. In this lighthearted yet devastatingly accurate and witty social satire, former fashion editor Tulloch parodies hip young New Yorkers like Reality whose lives revolve around superficialities--wearing the right outfits, patronizing the in clubs, socializing with the right people and becoming "fabulous." Fashion is sublime to narrator Reality, who names each of her "frocks" and sports a tattoo of the Chanel logo. As the "doorwhore" at a trendy nightclub called Less Is More, she haughtily decides who is garbed bizarrely enough to merit admittance. Outrageous '60s chic usually wins approval; demurely clad Jackie Onassis is unceremoniously banished. When she isn't working or scheming to get herself into Frenzee magazine, Reality cavorts with an editor of Perfect Woman who slavishly emulates the gamin look of Audrey Hepburn, and with a transvestite who owns a dog named Cristobal Balenciaga. Tulloch's cutting humor suffuses every detail, though she imparts a noteworthy message: celebrity, like its arbiters and opulent symbols, is vacuous, transient and pathetically overrated.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Cute title. Even cuter prose. Reality Nirvana Tuttle is every baby-boomer parent's nightmare: a child with no redeeming social consciousness whatsoever--though she knows what to wear when with whom. Reality's mother is an ex-hippie who gave birth to a child who has names for all of her "frocks." In fact she is closer to her clothes than to people. Reality has the perfect job for a person whose life is her wardrobe: she decides who gets into the Less Is More Club, a trendy New York City nightclub, a job more commonly known as "Doorwhore." Though the novel is peopled with some eccentric characters, it all just goes on and on without much point. The first-person narrative gets cutesier and cutesier and is really more self-conscious than anything else and eventually grates. Even on a comic level, it's hard to care about someone so shallow and vapid.
- Rosellen Brewer, Monterey Cty. Free Lib., Seaside, Cal.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060797169
  • ASIN: B0046LUCX4
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,473,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Are you curious about the life of Carrie Bradshaw before she became the successful columnist with a penchant for designer clothes and $450 shoes? If you answered "Yes!" then you need to read this book. The story of Reality Nirvana Tuttle is, without a doubt, an unintended pre-quel to Sex and the City.

Ignore what the woman from Library Journal has to say! I'm certain that she's the wrong demographic to understand the social relevance of this story. Fabulous Nobodies is funny, earnest, so very New York City in the late 1980s, and, for those of us who were in our 20s during that time, a wonderfully fun trip down memory lane. If you can remember when in was possible to rent an apartment in alphabet city for $350 month and have a tub in your kitchen then you'll appreciate this story. If you can remember scouring Goodwill, Sal's Boutique, and vintage clothing shops with your meager earnings from a club, record store, or underground publication then you'll appreciate this story. If you can remember life before the internet and came of age at a time when local fanzines and arts newspapers were the ruling social arbiters then you'll appreciate this story.

Lee Tulloch's book is a completely captivating snapshot of a place, time, and people who no longer exist except in our scrapbooks and collected memorabilia.
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I read this book in my 20's and thought it was funny, zany, edgy, and sweet. It was a comical fashion fairytale that took place in the land of downtown New York. I reread it in my mid 40's, as I often do with books that were special to me, and while still very cute, it did not pack the same punch as it did in my early youth. I can chalk this up to the fact that I've become much more jaded. The book belongs to the era that it was written in and took place in. Back then the story and characters felt fresh and cutting edge (perhaps I was also fresh and more cutting edge). It now feels slightly dated and less unconventional (I am also now slightly dated and less unconventional). Therefore I have come to the conclusion that the book is still great and I have become old and boring.
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By A Customer on March 11, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Fabulous Nobodies is the definitive eighties club culture novel.
Everyone that I know who has read it, has fallen head over heels in love with Reality - the fabulous nobody doorwhore, who desperately styles herself into a fabulous somebody.
A brilliantly written, inspirational novel that you will treasure and read over and over again.
Can't wait for Miss Tulloch's follow up.
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I saw this book at a used book store up in maine, and i picked it up on a whim - i couldn't put it down until I'd read the entire thing, TWICE! This is one of my favorite books of all time. Incredibly funny and witty, an easy read and a good time.
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By A Customer on April 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is so devilishly funny, awful, and charming at the same time! Reality Nirvana Tuttle might be one of the most unusual charactures I've ever encountered. I found this book at a used book store, and have actually read it a few times, since it is one of my dearest favorite books. It's sharp satire to be sure, but it also has a lot of heart, which makes it an endearing little read. So, you should try and find a copy...it's so much fun!
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After reading Wraith (one of my all time favorite books), I ordered this book over the net from Sydney since Lee Tulloch is from Australia and her books are published there. Please, find a used copy... you won't regret it (although Wraith is even better).
This is a witty, clever satire on the fashion industry and a generation obsessed with self image and holding a "fabulous" reputation. Reality is the perfect heroine- 20 years old, in love with her clothes (to the point of talking to them and naming them), pretty, quirky, and hopelessly lost. Her goal in life is to finally get her name in print and be recognized for the true fashion icon she sees herself as, whom everyone would love to copy as she is such a trendsetter. Her friends are equally obsessed with their looks, and spend whole afternoons wondering what to wear, finding the exact shade of nail polish to go with an outfit, going shoplifting and spending every last dime on designer clothes they pick up used in thrift shops. The whole thing is so crazy and farfetched you can do nothing but laugh and love them at the same time, especially with Lee Tulloch's sense of humor. However, there is still an element of truth that has been exaggerated which will make you think for a while, especially when you consider the author was a model and worked as an editor for Australian Bazaar, and is familiar with the shallow fashion crowds of New York City.
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A dear friend of mine gave me this book to read back in the 90's and said this character is you if you were a woman.
Fab Nobodies brings together Ab Fab & Sex and the City before they existed. I could not put this book down
and I have never laughed so much reading a book. It is just hilarious for those of us who experienced the 80's and
90's in our 20's & 30's. One reviewer gave it a 1 star and read it for her book club. She said it was the worst book she had ever read.
That's a shame. Must not have the sense of humor that is required to enjoy this book. It's an easy read and like I said
just hilarious with quotes you will use for a long, long time. Plus it's really inexpensive used. Enjoy!!!
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