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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (28,813 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wendy Wasserstein Narrator: Cynthia Nixon Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and author of the essay collection Shiksa Goddess (“Utterly delicious”—Judith Thurman), a dazzling debut novel, a comedy about New York’s urban gentry living in a post-9/11 world—the arbiters of fashion and the doyennes of charity balls; about the rich and the nouveau rich(er), the glamorous and the desperate to be.

We meet Francesca Weissman, the Upper East Side pediatrician rated number one by Manhattan magazine, who takes us into the upper strata of privilege and aspiration (she’s originally from Queens with a father in hosiery; life on the fringes of glittering New York is fine with her) . . . Samantha Acton, thoroughbred descendant of the Van Rensselaers and the Carnegies, who defines the social order in the great tradition of Mrs. Astor and Babe Paley . . . Judy Tremont from Modesto, California, daughter of a cop—her life’s work, her obsession, is New York society and its richest families . . . Barry Santorini, Republican, moviemaker, winner of twelve Oscars, and his wife, the Italian supermarket heiress and former media rep for Giorgio Armani . . . and many more.

As Elements of Style opens out, we see a madcap mosaic of the social lives and mores of twenty-first century Manhattan—of romance, work, family, and friendship. Satiric, fierce, touching—and deliciously Wasserstein.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Suju | 2/20/2014

    " I had this book as a kid and I'd almost forgotten about it, but I'm glad I took the time to read it again. It is old fashioned in some ways, but on the other hand, the guidelines it gives for writing still hold and as a reference for grammatical terms and improper word usage, it's invaluable. Not exactly an exciting read, but a worthwhile one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jeanne | 2/18/2014

    " I had issues continuing to read this handbook. Lost my interest a few times. It was informative but not overly exciting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marc | 2/2/2014

    " I should probably read this every 6 months or so, just to remind myself of all of my crappy habits. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Drew | 1/25/2014

    " Small enough to carry around. Concise and informative. Read and re-read. Obviously, I need to read it a couple more times.... "

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