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Social Studies Hardcover – August, 1981

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 147 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1st edition (August 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394512456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394512457
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #464,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on January 11, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Treasures are supposed to be rare, and the scarcity of Liebowitz' "Social Studies" makes it prized and hoardable. OK, the stereotypes are there. If nothing else, Liebowitz and Robert Burns had the same idea - to see ourselves as others see us - but Liebowitz makes us laugh. As she wrote - sarcasm is what New Yorkers have in place of Jacuzzis. My dog-eared copy of "Studies" is one of the treasured tomes in my reading library. I always know where it is.
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I've lost count of the number of times I've read Social Studies. I'm sure I must have whole paragraphs memorized by now. Fran Lebowitz's gift with words is extraordinary, and the book is laugh-out-loud funny. I bought this copy as a birthday present; I was dismayed to see that it is out of print.
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Social Studies, Fran Lebowitz; Random House (1981 hardcover)

Joe Mitchell stopped writing. Harper Lee took a powder. Fran went on the lam. But not before she abandoned E.P. Dutton, publishers of her debut hottentot, "Metropolitan Life" (1974) for Random House, publisher of her next thingamajig, "Social Studies."

Dutton (now defunct) & RH (lobotomized by paid cohorts of Rupert Murdoch) evidently championed the idea that spending money on creating book indexes is a waste of money.

Having too much time on our hands with the football season ending last Sunday night (hope you had the Broncos & the Under!), & too damned lazy to write a real review, let's see what we can come up with on such short notice. Next time, call ahead, please.

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After-shave lotion, relationship to Minnesota Clean Air Act (pp. 106-07)

Airport, Seattle, natural habitat of departing (never arriving) Northwest Airlines passengers (p. 80)

Alan King, cigar-smoking Cro-Magnon reworked into middle-aged comedian (p. 85)

Ambulance, Los Angeles, anonymous (desirable) mode of transportation (p. 86)

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Fran Lebowitz is amazing. I love her. If only she had worked more, and written more. She is really funny. On tv she is great too. Watch the Martin Scorsese documentary on her called "Public Speaking". A must see. This book is dated, but good.
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Hearing her speak in person, or in the film "Public Speaking" is a different experience.
Fran's expressions and timing are hard to translate from reading the text
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