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The Fran Lebowitz Reader

The Fran Lebowitz Reader

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By (author) Fran Lebowitz

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  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 333 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 201mm x 20mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 1 November 1997
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0679761802
  • ISBN 13: 9780679761808
  • Edition statement: Vintage Books.
  • Sales rank: 53,950

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Fran Lebowitz in "Public Speaking" A Martin Scorsese Picture Now an HBO(R) Documentary Film The Fran Lebowitz Reader brings together in one volume, with a new preface, two bestsellers, Metropolitan Life and Social Studies, by an "important humorist in the classic tradition" ("The New York Times Book Review") who is "the natural successor to Dorothy Parker" (British "Vogue"). In "elegant, finely honed prose" ("The Washington Post Book World"), Lebowitz limns the vicissitudes of contemporary urban life--its fads, trends, crazes, morals, and fashions. By turns ironic, facetious, deadpan, sarcastic, wry, wisecracking, and waggish, she is always wickedly entertaining.

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Fran Lebowitz still lives in New York City, as she does not believe that she would be allowed to live anywhere else.

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On METROPOLITAN LIFE "Hilarious...an unlikely and perhaps alarming combination of Mary Hartman and Mary McCarthy.... To a dose of Huck Finn add some Lenny Bruce, Oscar Wilde and Alexis de Tocqueville, a dash of cabdriver, an assortment of puns, minced jargon, and top it off with smarty pants." --"The New York Times" "Her humor made me laugh aloud and call friends to read passages to them." --"Newsweek" On SOCIAL STUDIES "Right on the mark.... Among the things she hates this time...baggage-claim areas, high tech, after-shave lotion, adults who roller skate, children who speak French, or anyone who is unduly tan." --"Newsweek" "Unique.... Lebowitz offers vocational guides for aspiring heiresses, popes, empresses; manuals for landlords; guidance to the rich who wish to meet the poor." --"Vogue"